Nigerians and the main opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have kicked against the presidency for allowing Hanan Buhari, the last born of President Muhammadu Buhari to use a presidential jet for her private business.
Nigeriatunes recalls that Hanan graduated from a university in the United Kingdom where she studied Photography and graduated with a first-class degree.
Pictures of her surfaced on the social media on Saturday showing a group of people welcoming her to Bauchi, where she allegedly flew to via the presidential jet to take pictures of the durbar which was reportedly organised in her honour.
Amidst the criticism of most Nigerians, a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the fact that Hanan flew to Bauchi in the presidential jet as “the worst form of corruption”.
He went on to say that the action is “provocative, condemnable, completely improper and an unpardonable slap on the sensibility of millions of Nigerians, particularly, the youths, who look up to the president for integrity, uprightness and respect for rules.”
According to the PDP, the Presidential fleet can only be authorized for use by the President, the First Lady, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, former Presidents, Presidential delegation and no one else.
However, a statement issued by the Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu on Saturday stated that the journey of Hanan to Bauchi via the presidential jet was a “mission duly authorized”.
He said: “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.”
Still, the PDP was not convinced with this explanation as the opposition party insisted via its statement that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government should tender an apology to Nigerians rather than attempts to justify such an action.