Anger in Nigeria as president’s daughter uses presidential jet for private task

Michael Eli Dokosi January 14, 2020
Hanan Buhari with Bauchi State officials on her arrival in Bauchi via saharareporters.comp

One of the daughters of Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, has received intense criticism from Nigerians on social media for using a presidential fleet to attend to a private business.

They contend only the President, First Lady, Vice-President, Senate President, Speaker, Chief Justice of Nigeria, former presidents and those on a presidential delegation have clearance to use a presidential jet .

The president’s daughter, Hanan Buhari, who is a photography graduate from Ravensbourne University, London, is reported to have been in Bauchi last Thursday to photograph a durbar by Rilwanu Adamu, Emir of Bauchi.

As a special guest of honor, the durbar was specially organized to enable her to take photographs of the traditional durbar, Bauchi architecture and other cultural sites in the state, according to

As a professional photographer, Miss Buhari is expected to document her experiences in pictorial form in her gallery.

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The presidency has not been spared for availing the jet for her private use at the expense of taxpayers.

The All Progressives Congress of which President Buhari belongs had pledged running an efficient government eschewing wastage but its promise to sell some jets because of the high cost of maintenance has largely not been fulfilled.

Twitter post by @Oma_igala1: So Hanan Buhari is now cruising with our Presidential flight. Though we were told in 2016 that there was a plan to sell them inorder to reduce cost, but now his daughter, despite the fact that he's regarded as the "Man of Integrity" is using one of them.

As much as N8.5 billion ($23 million) has been earmarked in the 2020 national budget as maintenance cost for the presidential jets.

Meanwhile, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says the president informed the National Security Adviser of his daughter’s trip to Bauchi.

“It’s true that a member of the First Family was flown to Bauchi on a mission duly authorized. It wasn’t an impromptu or improper trip because it followed normal procedure. The Presidency informed the National Security Adviser of the mission who in turn informed the Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet.

Twitter post by @Ibrahim_Bello_: If Hanan Buhari will get a hustle apart from being the daughter of the 001 of Nigeria ??.What will stop me from posting my Hustle online. Yes, I sell jerseys at an affordable price of 3500 with free customization of letters word.

“The normal practice in existence for a long time is that the Presidential Air fleet is available to the President and the first family and four others. These four are the Vice President, the Senate President the Speaker and any other person(s) authorized by the President,” Mr. Shehu noted.

Critics point to abuse of office and excesses leading to high expenditure.

Twitter post by @disosameer: Breaking News  Hanan Muhammadu Buhari, arrived Bauchi State on Private Official Nigerian Airforce Flight. This is really transparency and Accontability. You know what l am talking about. I wish her a successful visit to the Home of Peace. Next Level Integrity of Baba!

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: January 14, 2020


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