We Parked Buhari’s Jet In London–Presidency

By Ikenga Chronicles June 29, 2017

We Parked Buhari’s Jet In London–Presidency

The Presidency has accepted that the Nigerian Presidential jet, NAF001 is parked in United Kingdom, but debunked claims that it is gulping £4,000 everyday.

Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu made this assertion on Thursday while talking to the BBC.

The denial came on the heels of widespread criticism that the Nigeria government is spending whopping sum of money in parking the presidential jet in London.

“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,” Shehu said.

Shehu described claims about outrageous fees allegedly paid by Nigeria as totally untrue.

He added that the aircraft conveying heads of state all over the world usually enjoy waivers even where payments for parking are differentiated by aircraft categories.

According to Shehu:, “Even where the waiver is not granted, payment will not exceed £1,000 which is a quarter of the amount being peddled.”

“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, ” he maintained.