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  • Updated: June 18, 2024

Nothing wrong in the Presidency flying commercial flights —HURIWA

Nothing wrong in the Presidency flying commercial flights �

President Bola Tinubu

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigerian, HURIWA, in a strongly worded statement have tackled the presidency over plans to acquire new presidential jets at a time when over 133 million Nigerians are facing hunger, massive poverty and deprivation.

A statement on Tuesday by it's National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko have described the reaction of the President's Special Adviser on information and strategy, Bayo Onanuga to critics as highly uncouth, unsophisticated, insensitive.

HURIWA wonders what the big deal is if President Bola Ahmed Tinubu presiding over one of the poorest countries in the World with the biggest population of absolutely poor,  hungry and impoverished population,  should fly on commercial flight. 

HURIWA stated that there was nothing wrong for the president to fly on commercial airlines if that is the best way to conserve funds or alternatively,  the jets in the presidential fleets should be sold so two or three new planes are purchased for the use of the offices of President and vice president.

HURIWA also submitted that most of the foreign trips embarked by President Tinubu are frivolous and have yet to produce any tangible benefits to the greatest percentage of the citizens hence the president should stay more at home solving the economic predicaments his badly implemented policies have unleashed on the majority of the citizenry. 

"If we may ask, just less than a year ago, when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu wasn't the president of Nigeria,  does he not fly commercial airlines? Have all of us flying commercial planes that most of them are over 30 years old after manufacturing, have we all died? Why should Onanuga think in such a way as to mention dying whilst addressing issues around the President?" 

"Why will anyone wish the President dead and have all the people using commercial flights all over the World died? Why will Bayo Onanuga condemn the over 9 or 10 planes in the presidential fleets as 'flying coffins' and by saying so, has made it impossible for any sane person to buy any of the 9 or 10 jets in the Nigerian presidential fleets as it were since he believes that they are no longer safe to fly?" 

"This bellicose manner of attacking citizens who express their views as citizens to government is absolutely reprehensible, despicable,  irrational,  irresponsible and condemnable. 

"Bayo Onanuga's thoughtless statement in which he said the current jets in the presidential fleets are no longer safe to fly will make it practically impossible for the Country to recoup or recover any kind of revenue from the sale of those jets in the presidential fleets at the moment. Who in his correct senses will buy those jets when someone working for president Tinubu has condemned them as unsafe?


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