More presidential jets to go – Presidency


President Muhammadu Buhari will surrender more airplanes in the presidential air fleet to the Nigerian Air Force, his spokesperson said Tuesday after the presidency put up two aircraft for sale.

Reducing the number of airplanes in the outsized presidential air fleet was one of Mr. Buhari’s promises before taking office in 2015. The plan was intended to cut cost and save scarce resources.

But the president retained the same size he inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan – 10 jets, including the two advertised for sale – more than a year into his presidency, drawing criticisms.

On Tuesday, the Office of the National Security Adviser advertised the sale of a Falcon 7X executive jet and Hawker 4000.

Mr. Buhari’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the decision to sell the two aircraft was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive for the Presidential air fleet to be reduced drastically.

“This exercise is by no means complete,” he said in a statement.

Apart from the two aircraft being advertised for sale, Mr. Shehu said “the Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet will any time from now … hand over some other aircraft to the Airforce for their operations”.

He said President Buhari’s directive to a government committee on reducing the presidential air fleet was “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”.

Mr. Shehu had hinted in September that the number of aircraft in the fleet would be reduced.

The advertorial on Tuesday detailed the specifications of the planes as well as their performance levels, indicating that they were in fairly good condition.

Interested buyers were advised to inspect the Falcon at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

On the other hand, the Hawker 4000 could only be inspected at Cessna Zurich Citation Service Centre, Zurich, Switzerland. The bids are to be quoted in dollars, the notice said.

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  • Omoba1

    Quiet the stomach/public rumblings by selling some private jets whilst the main aim is yet to be unfolded. Buhari where is the economic plan to get the country out of recession, even the world bank can find one in your loan file.

    The country has been struggling to get a loan from the IMF, World Bank and even the Chinese who are cheerful givers are not considering us suitable for loan disbursement because we have no plan and cannot adhere to loan requirements. Now the government wants to withdraw money from the system next week by selling Treasury Bills. The market is not liquid, while sell treasury Bills at a time of recession – My God.

    • Mufu Ola

      Stop eating Thailand rice before asking for “economic miracle”. Ofada & Abakaliki rice dey plenty. Self discipline predates economic miracle of any country.Start today by stop eating that your THAI ride.

      • Ade

        Mumu , Nigerians didn’t vote buhari to change their eating habits. They have a voice to eat whatever along as is legal. While they hold buhari responsible for good governance

        • Rommel

          Are your senses with you?

          • Ade

            Hope Buhari tells you when to sleep with your wife

        • Mufu Ola

          Is it part of your habit to be eating what you can produce & fail to produce? If you can’t change your foul ways, you should not blame others or any institution.

          • Ade

            Hope Buhari tells you when to sleep with your wife and when not to

          • Mufu Ola

            When u grow up mentally & have more sensible contribution to make instead of childish rantings, you can come back.

          • Ade

            if your messiah Buhari has 1 % ‘mental’, you guys will not be in recession

          • Mufu Ola

            ‘I’ve now concluded that u’re a complete ignorant & one of those whose illegal/ fraudlent ways of making of making money have been blocked. They are the ones mostly bitter about the chasing away of the past wayward govt which u cherish. Sorry u have along way to lament.

      • Rommel

        Bless you

    • OLODOnomics

      My friend don’t fret too much. Please take Alagbin or Alabokun and mix it with Mango leaves so that your head ache and BP will reduce. We told all of you before that a boy of 22 years who failed WAEC woefully with a record
      3 F9 grades, 2 Passes and a Distinction in Islamic studies will wreck the economy and indeed he has turned the economy round about again and again at 361 degrees. It is called OLODOnomics.

      In his Independence speech he spoke about
      -Building of roads,
      – Rehabilitation of infrastructure-
      – Provision of more Power/Electricity
      – Providing a “conducive” environment to encourage foreign investment.

      …and his useless speech if juxtaposed with Gowon’s Independence speech of October 1, 1971 has no iota of difference. In fact they are exactly the same and I believe Gowon may soon charge Buhari on Plagiarism too. Plagiarism aside, Buhari’s speech did not mention anything about Science and technology, innovation, manufacturing, construction or production or industrialization. ALL Buhari spoke about were pedestrian and fossilized ideas that have been recycled by those inept and vision-less Presidents of time past. How then can we move forward?

      During the elections Buhari refused to attend a debate with his opponent. Can you imagine Hilary saying she would not attend a debate with my Thrump but prefer to do “Town Hall Meeting” with some communities? Wouldn’t that be an automatic victory for her opponent? But in Nigeria, clowns like Rotimi, Bola, and even Babatunde and of course that senseless old man called John all supported the idea that Buhari must not attend a presidential debate. The result is the comatose economy we have today that may take 50yrs to recover.

      • Uzoma John

        Still mourning. You’ve said nothing. Absolutely nothing. You are one of the beneficiaries of our stolen commonwealth, the reason you are mourning and wailing more than others. PMB has come to stay till Nigeria is rid of corrupt elements like you. Your economy was dead long ago. Where were you when Jona and his 40 thieves were carting away billions and dishing out billions of dollars to win election? Where were you when they were borrowing to pay salaries? Where you dey when oil price was at it’s pick – instead of foreign reserve and ECA rising, they were diminished. Idiots who refused to acknowledge when the rain started beating them. We have frozen over $25m in Mama Pieces account, another $40m was just discovered and frozen. Ndi oshi. Thieves. Tighten you belt. No more free dough. If una like set the whole of Niger Delta ablaze, free money era is over. Ndi ara.

  • Bala Salihu Dawakin kudu

    We supported Mr. President for the reducing number of Aircraft for the president. That is good, if mr. President will such kinds how can we challenge him. Pls mr. President you have to put things inorder

    • abodes_124

      Buhari’s supporters are fantastic. If he says he is keeping all Presidenial jets they hail him for his sagacity and great wisdom. If he says he is selling some or all of them they praise him again for his sagacity and great wisdom. The leader and his followers are so alike.

  • uzodimms

    When Nigerians were running the economy, with fat salaries to national and state assemblies we were clapping for them. After sixteen years you want a miracle to restore the economy, are we not accountable?