Nigerians have taken to social media to vent their anger at the use of the official presidential jet by the President’s daughter for a private function.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter Hanan travelled in the jet to Bauchi in northern Nigeria with photographs and videos going viral on social media.

A local Nigerian newspaper the Guardian reported that Ms Hanan, a photography graduate, was taking photos at an annual Muslim festival hosted by the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu during this trip.

She reportedly arrived aboard the presidential jet and was received by leaders before proceeding to the festival.

Hanan’s mother the first lady Aisha Buhari sparked the controversy after sharing a video of her daughter’s trip.

The incident has already attracted reactions from political parties including the biggest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The party claimed that President Buhari has abused his office and exhibited the worst form of corruption by allowing his daughter to use the presidential jet for her private photography event in Bauchi State.

Social media reactions

Defends for Hanan

But Nigeria’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, defended  Hanan’s action.

He said Hanan received approval from her father to be flown in the aircraft, who in turn informed the National Security Adviser.

Shehu said, “It’s true that a member of the first family was flown to Bauchi 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.”

The Punch also reported that a former Special Adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Political Matters, Akin Osuntokun,  disagreed with the Presidency that Buhari’s children had  the  right to use the presidential jet.

He said, “The President’s children have no right to the presidential jet. Whoever said they  had such power  is not telling the truth.”




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