What happens when the President of the USA, Donald Trump references a poem you’ve written a decade ago as an Irish proverb? This is what Nigerian banker Albasheer Adam Alhassan, a Nigerian banker found out today, according to a report by CNN.

“My sister just brought the news to me. I didn’t want to believe what she said initially. I posted those things when I was back in school, over 10 years ago. I never thought it would get to this level,”  said Alhassan, a who wrote the poem in college.

A business manager at First Bank of Nigeria, who lives in Katsina, added, “Maybe I shouldn’t have been a banker, maybe I should have been a poet all my life!”

The poem was referenced by Trump at a luncheon he attended with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Thursday.
“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb — and this is a good one, this is one I like. I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it. ‘Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those that have stuck by you,'” Trump said.
“We know that, politically speaking. A lot of us know that, we know it well. It’s a great phrase.”

On social media, many were skeptical about the Irish origins of the words which were eventually tracked down toPoemHunter.

So how did the poem, whose author may or may not be Alhassan, end up being read by the president of the US to mark St. Patrick’s Day? A White House spokeswoman told the Hill the proverb was supplied in an email on March 8 by the State Department via the National Security Council “as building blocks in advances of this event.”
Strangely, if you Google the phrase, “famous Irish proverb,” the quote pops up as one of the first results.
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