Buhari’s children have right to use Presidential jet – Presidency explains

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Following criticisms by Nigerians on social media against President Buhari’s daughter who was spotted using the presidential jet, the presidency has explained that the wife and children of the president have the right to use the Presidential jet when they need to.

This was according to Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, had used the Presidential jet to attend a private function in Bauchi on Thursday.

The President’s spokesman said Hanan received approval from her father who in turn informed the National Security Adviser.

Shehu said, “It’s true that a member of the First Family was flown to Bauchi yesterday on a mission duly authorised. It wasn’t an impromptu or improper trip because it followed normal procedure. The Presidency informed the National Security Adviser of the mission who in turn informed the Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet.

“The normal practice in existence for a long time is that the Presidential Air fleet is available to the President and the first family and four others. These four are the Vice President, the Senate President the Speaker and any other person(s) authorised by the President.”

Pictures which have since gone viral on social media show Hanan disembarking from the plane and being welcomed by Bauchi State officials.

According to reports, durbar was specially organised to avail the President’s daughter of the opportunity to take photographs of the traditional durbar, Bauchi architecture and other cultural sites in the state.

However, only two helicopters out of the fleet of 10 were donated to the Nigerian Air Force while two presidential aircraft, a Falcon 7X executive jet and Hawker 4000, that were advertised for sale in October 2016, had yet to be sold as of 2018.




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