The Presidency has defended the use of presidential jet by Hanan, President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, on a private to Bauchi State.
Mixed reactions have continued to trail Hanan’s use of presidential jet when she visited Bauchi for a private event where she was also expected to document major tourists attractions in the state.
Her visit to the state followed an invitation by the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu, to the Durbar.
But the development had generated heated backlash from some quarters, with many alleging her action indicates abuse of power.
Reacting to such criticisms, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, dismissed the outrage trailing the development as unnecessary.
According to him, the presidential jet can be used by the president’s wife and children. He added contrary to speculations, Buhari was informed of the visit and consequently got the approval of the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
“It’s true that a member of the First Family was flown to Bauchi yesterday on a mission duly authorised,” The Punch quoted Shehu as saying.
“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.”