Friday, 24 July 2015

Pres. Buhari explains why his son accompanied him to the US + allegedly bans his wife from using presidential aircraft

 Nigeria president, Pres. Buhari has explained through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina the  reason why his son accompayed him on his official trip to the US.......
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with the
president travelling with one of his sons. It is an
acceptable and standard practice. He could go
with up to four members of his family. Don’t
forget that when former President Bill Clinton
visited Nigeria while he was in office, he came
with his daughter, Chelsea”.
According to TheNation......
The President was worried by the security reports on high cost of maintaining the presidential aircraft and abuse by some highly-placed Nigerians, The Nation learnt.

During the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, about N9.08billion was spent yearly to maintain the 10 aircraft in the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF).

The aircraft are two Falcon 7X jets, two Falcon 900 jets, Gulf stream 550, one Boeing 737 BBJ (Nigerian Air Force 001 or Eagle One) and Gulf Stream IVSP.

Others are one Gulf Stream V, Cessna Citation 2 aircraft and a Hawker Siddley 125-800 jet.

A source said: “President Buhari has adopted a strict policy on the use of presidential aircraft in order to save cost. His wife and relations have been restricted from the use of the aircraft in the presidential fleet.

“A situation where the aircraft were used anyhow by some friends, associates of the President during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan can no longer be applicable in this dispensation.

“For example, the wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari and three children travelled for lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia on Emirates Airline.

“Buhari is determined to ensure the judicious use of the presidential aircraft to save cost. He is also setting a new template for governance. Do not be surprised if you see the President using commercial flights.”

Another source said: “Do you know that it costs about N747 million to fuel the aircraft in the presidential fleet per annum. President Buhari said his administration cannot afford such a luxury.”

“The US President, Barrack Obama uses only two Boeing jets and one helicopter. So, Buhari is determined to cut cost. In any case, he lives an austere life. If he can ask his wife to fly a commercial jet, then other public officers must emulate his standard.”

It was not immediately clear if the President will sell some of the aircraft in the Presidential Air Fleet as being speculated.

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