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Nigerians react as Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter Hannah uses the presidential jet

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Following the criticisms that greeted the use of presidential jet by President Muhammadu’s daughter, Hannah, for personal engagement, presidency has defended the action.


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Vanguard reports that Hanan, a certified creative photographer and youngest daughter of the president, has incurred the wrath of some Nigerians after she was flown on the presidential jet to attend a special Durbar ceremony organised in her honour by the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu.

Fivestardiary gathered that Hanah’s visit on presidential jet has caused social media storm, with most people condemning the use of the Nigerian Airforce aircraft for “personal use”.

According to the report, she arrived at Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi on Thursday, January 9, and was received by the First Lady of Bauchi state and other government officials.


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The Presidency says the wife and children of the President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), have the right to use the Presidential jet when they need to. . The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a message sent to The PUNCH on Saturday. . Shehu was reacting to criticisms from some Nigerians over the decision of the President to allow his daughter, Hanan, to use the Presidential jet to attend a private function in Bauchi. . The President’s spokesman said Hanan received approval from her father who in turn informed the National Security Adviser. . Shehu said, “It’s true that a member of the First Family was flown to Bauchi yesterday on a mission duly authorised. 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. . “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) authorised by the President.” . The PUNCH reports that a debate has been raging on social media following the decision of the President to allow his daughter to use the Presidential jet for a personal engagement. . This is despite complaints by Nigerians that the budget of N8.5bn for the Presidential jets in the 2020 budget is too high. . Hanan, according to Daily Nigerian, was conveyed by the Presidential jet to attend the Durbar in Bauchi on Thursday. . The President’s daughter, who recently graduated with a first-class in Photography from Ravensbourne University, London, was said to have been invited by the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu, as a special guest of honour. …… Check our IG Stories for more. #Hananbuhari #presidentialjet #nigerians #buhari #punchnewspapers

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It was gathered that the Durbar was specially organised to avail the president’s daughter of the opportunity to take photographs of the traditional Durbar, Bauchi architecture and other cultural sites in the state.

Reacting to the criticism, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said wife and children of the President Buhari, have the right to use the presidential jet when they want.

Shehu noted that Hanan sought and received approval from her father who in turn informed the National Security Adviser (NSA).

He said: “It’s true that a member of the First family was flown to Bauchi yesterday on a mission duly authorised. 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.

“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) authorised by the president.”

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