Nigerians React as President Buhari’s Daughter Goes to Party in Presidential Jet

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SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 13 – A debate has been raging on social media following the decision of the President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to allow his daughter, Hanan Buhari, to use the Presidential jet.

Aisha Buhari, the first lady, on Monday tweeted a video of Hanan, one her daughters, waving at a crowd from the presidential jet.

The 55 seconds clip, accompanied with a musical background, showed Hanan capturing the culture of Bauchi people.

This is amidst complaints by Nigerians that the budget of N8.5bn for the Presidential jets in the 2020 budget is too high.

Today’s Echo gathered that Hanan, a celebrity photographer,  was conveyed by the Presidential jet to attend the Durbar in Bauchi on Thursday.

The President’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.

Hanan’s use of one of the aircraft in the presidential fleet to a private ceremony in Bauchi has stirred a controversy, with many accusing her family of abusing power.

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, had said it was illegal for Hanan to use the jet on a private trip.

Rilwanu Adamu, emir of Bauchi, had reportedly invited her to document an annual festival and some tourist attractions in the state.

President Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu has responded to the backlash, arguing that the presidential jet can be used by President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife and children.

Shehu said the presidency authorised the visit and informed the office of the national security adviser (NSA) to release the jet.

“It’s true that a member of the First Family was flown to Bauchi yesterday on a mission duly authorised,” Shehu told the Punch, a popular Nigerian newspaper.

“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.”

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