Abuja Airport Closure! How Will Buhari Return?
Now that the Abuja airport is closed, how will our dear President Muhammadu Buhari return home?
Could that mean Baba will not be returning to Nigeria until the next six weeks?
From today, all airplanes flying to Abuja will have to land at the refurbished Kaduna airport as the federal government has officially closed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport for renovation.
This means all Abuja-bound air passengers will have to land in Kaduna and take what many fear will be tedious road trips to Abuja.
Bounce News sought to know if the presidential wing of the Abuja airport will be exempted from the closure but with feelers from Abuja, this might not be the case.
We are still trying to reach a senoir official of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Abuja for clear facts.
The government said it has completed repair work on Kaduna-Abuja road to ensure a smooth passage for Abuja bound passengers but many are taking that with a pinch of salt.
International airlines except Ethiopia Airways also do not trust the government.
They have refused to fly from the Kaduna airport. They have instead suspended all flight operations from Abuja.
On Friday, the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, inspected the Kaduna airport and the railway station to ascertain the state of readiness and he seemed satisfied.
But then, how will he also navigate through his many recent travels across the country if he has to go to Kaduna before getting to Abuja?
Or all presidential travels in and out of Abuja will now depend on choppers?
The Abuja Airport is 188 kilometres away from the Kaduna International Airport.
It was built in 1992 to cater for 100,000 people per annum, with a 20-year life span, but its runway has been over-stretched and now caters for over 4 million persons per annum.
It took the government 14 years after its scheduled life-span maintenance to see the need to shut the airport down for a major rehabilitation of the runway.