The presidency has reacted to the viral criticism against president Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hannah using presidential jet for her personal activities.
Nigerian media earlier reported that Hannah, president Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter incurred the wrath of Nigerians on social media after she was flown on the presidential jet to Durbar ceremony, which was organised in her honour by the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu.
According to some publications, Hannah arrived at Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi on Thursday, January 9, and was received by the First Lady of Bauchi state and many other government officials.
Critics dug deeper and discovered that the Durbar was a special occasion that was 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 she’s said to be a professional photographer.
Responding to the viral criticism, the Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said, ”wife and children of President Muhammadu Buhari have the right to use the presidential jet whenever they want.
Shehu said, ”Hannah sought and received approval from her father who in turn informed the National Security Adviser (NSA).” So there’s nothing wrong with it.
“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,” he said