Nigeria Presidential Aircraft Payment Do Not Exceed £1,000 A Quarter – Presidency
If you have followed the news from a day to yesterday, many Nigerians has expressed their concerns to whom some expressed anonymity both on online media, and news stations over the mismanagement of President Buhari Aircraft in London air port that amount to daily charges of £4,000, to which the aircraft has been there for more than a month since President Buhari went for treatment as the source claimed.
The Nigeria government has come to debunked such news as false information. As the Presidency has said that the Presidential Aircraft which flew President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Kingdom (UK) on a medical follow-up since May 7 is still retained in that country for reasons of national security and prestige accorded world leaders when they travel abroad.
The clarification came Thursday amidst criticisms, mostly on social media, on the retention in London of the Presidential aircraft, NAF 001 manned by personnel of the Nigeria Airforce since President Buhari arrived that country.
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A statement signed by Senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu declared that there is no world leader who travels abroad and is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation.
The development, according to the Presidency, is in tandem with the standard operating procedure and international protocol around foreign trips by Heads of State all over the world. The Presidency stated that the country’s Armed Forces as represented by the Nigeria Air Force cannot therefore abandon the Commander-in-Chief in whichever circumstance he is in that country.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this President is not the first to have a presidential aircraft standing by for him, as he will certainly not be the last. All past Heads of this country have had this privilege, and the part that surprises the most is that leaders who in the past travelled with three Nigerian aircraft did not suffer this trenchant criticism,” the Presidency noted.
The statement also debunked the claims about outrageous fees allegedly paid by Nigeria, saying that “the published amounts are totally untrue.”
Specifically, allegations have been rife that the Nigerian Presidential aircraft in London consumes £4,000 every day for the parking lot and it’s idleness.
However, the statement noted that “aircraft conveying heads of state all over the world usually enjoy waivers even where payments for parking are differentiated by aircraft categories.
“We have been assured that where the waiver is not granted, payment will not exceed £1,000, which is a quarter of the amount being peddled.”