The presidency denied knowledge of President Muhammadu Buhari alleged order for disposal of nine VIP jets.
Earlier today news broke that the country leader made an unprecedented move to reduce the cost of government, which is to sell the luxury aicrafts from the presidential fleet. The cost of the most expensive plane, used by Buhari for travelling, was estimated at approximately $100 million.
An aviation source purportedly said:
"Nine, which still have market value, are to be sold immediately to reduce maintenance costs."
According to Premium Times, on June 19, Friday, Buhari's media aide Garba Shehu expressed surprise over the circulating information.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity was quoted as saying:
"The story of the order for the sale of aircrafts in the Presidential Fleet, about which so much interest is being expressed, is not known to us. "
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He added that if anything like that was being contemplated, the presidency would issue a statement through its official channels to announce it.It is worth noting that the morning news generated a lot of reactions, with Nigerians expressing admiration with Buhari's instruction.
Famous political observer and Legit.ng columnist Japheth Omojuwa said:
"President Buhari orders the disposal of 9 presidential aircrafts. The last president wanted more planes."
Legit.ng readers reacted:
Longjo Augustine Yusuf: "I respect you my President. God will always guide, protect and give you long life in Jesus name. We are praying for you and we shall continue to pray for you without seizing, even if it means fasting, we will fast."
Ajoje Gbenga: "Good move Mr President may God almighty use you to restore the lost glory of this our beautiful country call Nigeria. Ride on we're solidly behind you."
Ahdeywahley Bahlowghun: "This man is really trying to put things in order in Nigeria.... Sai Buhari."