- Reactions continue to trail the use of a presidential jet by President Buhari’s daughter, Hanan
- The PDP has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of directly abusing the privileges of his office
- The opposition party described the action as provocative, condemnable and completely improper
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of directly abusing the privileges of his office by detailing a presidential jet to chauffeur his daughter, Hanan, for her private photography event in Bauchi state.
The party in a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, January 11 by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, described the action as “provocative, condemnable and completely improper.”
The statement also described the action as “an unpardonable slap on the sensibility of millions of Nigerians, particularly, the youths, who look up to Mr President for integrity, uprightness and respect for rules.”
“The PDP holds that the development is a strong pointer to the recklessness that pervades the Buhari presidency and the indefensible annexation of our national assets and resources for illegal private use.
“It is even most appalling that instead of apologizing to Nigerians, the Buhari presidency, in its arrogance, is resorting to falsehood and trying to justify the inexcusable,” the party said.
By Nigerian laws, 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 and presidential delegations.
The rules do not grant the president any powers to transfer any paraphernalia of office or privileges of his position to any of his children.
Some Nigerians had taken to social media to criticise the action of the presidency.
President Buhari had promised to sell some planes in the presidential fleet when he assumed power in 2015. The president is yet to fulfil his promise.
Supporters of the president, however, say the president's family have a right to board presidential fleets.
Reacting to the criticisms, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu, said wife and children of the President Buhari, have the right to use the presidential jet when they want.
Shehu noted that Hanan sought and received approval from her father who in turn informed the National Security Adviser (NSA).
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