Presidency clears the air on Buhari's 'Technical UK stopover'

06 May, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • Olusegun Obasanjo
Sahara Reporters Media

Buhari visited America on April 30 on the invitation of President Donald Trump.

The Presidency has, however, attributed his presence in the British capital to what it called "technical stopover".

He said this was because Buhari flew in a smaller aircraft than the one he used to travel with, adding that the bigger aircraft had gone for checks.

As of the time of filing this report, the President has yet to return to Nigeria.

"The big jet is under fix".

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the presidential aircraft carrying the president and some members of his entourage landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 10.35p.m. It has been taken for major repairs. "So the president is using a small plane and there is a limit to the distance the small plane can cover", Shehu had said.

On the commendable fight against corruption, the US President also said "I also know that the President has been able to cut that (corruption) down very substantially, we talked about that, he is working on it and they have made a lot of progress and I think they will continue to make a lot of progress". This is very normal.

"It is a routine thing". But you don't need to push it to the edge.

The opposition party added: "Indeed, Nigerians are anxious about the signal being sent out by this penchant for the secret itinerary, particularly, given the poor reputation and government transparency issues confronting our nation under the Buhari administration. No wonder President Trump ordered him in a rather condescending manner to go back home and stop the killings going on in Nigeria!", Mr Obasanjo was quoted in a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

Aircraft purchase: Should President Buhari be Impeached? "For whatever the meeting was worth, President Buhari again bungled another opportunity to self-redeem".

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