Heavy Knocks as Buhari’s daughter uses presidential jet for personal engagement

A debate has been raging on social media following the decision of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to allow his daughter, Hanan Buhari, to use the presidential jet.

This is despite complaints by Nigerians that the budget of N8.5bn for the presidential aircraft fleet in the 2020 budget is too high.

Hanan, according to Daily Nigerian,  was flown   to  Bauchi for a  durbar on Thursday  by the presidential jet.

Buhari’s daughter, who recently graduated with a first-class in photography from Ravensbourne University, London, was said to have been invited by the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu, as a special guest of honour.

In photographs which have since gone viral on social media, Hanan could be seen disembarking from the plane and being welcomed by Bauchi State officials.

It was learnt  that the 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.

As a professional photographer, Miss Buhari is expected to document her experiences in pictorial form in her gallery.

The incident has since sparked a debate on social media.

Pro-transparency activist, Inibehe Effiong, described the use of the presidential jet Hanan as an abuse of office and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

“Buhari is only fooling himself and his supporters with this fake integrity,” he said.

Some Buhari supporters, however, said there was nothing wrong with the President allowing his daughter to use the presidential jet.

The  Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, defended  Hanan’s action

According to him, she  received approval from her father to be flown in the aircraft, who in turn informed the National Security Adviser.

However, former Special Adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Political Matters, Akin Osuntokun,  disagreed  with the Presidency that Buhari’s children had  the  right to use the presidential jet.

He said, “The President’s children have no right to the presidential jet. Whoever said they  had such power  is not telling the truth.

“In fact, in many advanced countries today, the leaders are not allowed to use presidential jets for private matters and in some instances they pay the government whenever they do such.

“Prince Harry who is a member of the British Royal family has been travelling recently and has never used government aircraft.”

The   Peoples Democratic Party  accused  Buhari of abusing his office for allowing her daughter to be flown  in the presidential jet.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement   said the President’s decision  had confirmed  the alleged  recklessness in the Presidency.

The Punch reports that by convention, only the President, first lady, Vice-President, Senate President, Speaker, Chief Justice of Nigeria, ex-presidents and a presidential delegation are allowed to use the presidential jet.

Recall Buhari before becoming President criticised past governments for misusing public funds.

The All Progressives Congress had promised to sell off some of the jets in the presidential fleet due to high maintenance cost.

However, only two helicopters out of the fleet of 10 were donated to the Nigerian Air Force while  the 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.

 

 

– Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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