Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Why Buhari Finally Agreed to Sell Two Presidential Aircraft

Following repeated calls by irate Nigerians for the president to live up to his word, the FG has put up two presidential aircraft for sale.
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered the sale of two presidential aircraft. This was made public by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who gave reasons for the latest decision. 
He said: "The newspaper advertisements for the sale of two Presidential aircraft, a Falcon 7x executive jet and Hawker 4000 were duly authorized by the Presidency.

"This is in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that aircraft in the Presidential air fleet be reduced to cut down on waste.
When he campaigned to be President, the then APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari, if you recall, promised to look at the presidential air fleet with view to cutting down on waste.
"His directive to a government committee on this assignment is that he liked to see a compact and reliable aircraft for the safe airlift of the President, the Vice President and other government officials that go on special missions.
"This exercise is by no means complete.
"I am sure the Commander of the Presidential air fleet will any time from now, call you to a ceremony at which he will hand over some other aircraft to the Airforce for their operations."
The latest decision by Buhari comes after severe criticism by Nigerians who blasted the government for failing to live up to its promise of selling off the aircraft after almost a year since he was elected.

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