Why Buhari Needs A Jet On Standby In London – Presidency
There have been talks about President Buhari’s airplane becoming a huge liability for Nigerian tax payers.
Critics complained that the plane being packed in London where President Buhari is on medical leave, has attracted a parking fee of more than 80 million Naira in the past 50 days that the Nigerian leader had been in the UK.
But the presidency has defended the action, saying criticism of it is only out of ignorance.
An aide to the President, Garba Shehu, on Thursday in Abuja, said the action was taken for prestige, diplomacy and in the interest of national security.
Shehu said the practice was not peculiar to Nigeria alone stressing that no world leader travels abroad and is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation.
“It is important to state that for reasons of protocol, national security, diplomacy and prestige, there is no world leader who travels abroad and is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation.
“From operational point of view, this country’s Armed Forces as represented by the Nigeria Air Force are not to abandon their Commander-In-Chief in whichever circumstance he is. This is a standard operating procedure,” the statement read.
Can someone ask Shehu if Nigerians in Borno have such plans for immediate evacuation?