The Presidency has justified the use of presidential jet by Hanan Buhari, the youngest daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Garba Shehu, spokesman for the president said in a message sent to the Punch on Saturday that Miss Buhari had received approval from her father, who in turn directed the National Security Adviser to provide her with the aircraft.
“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,” Mr Shehu said.
“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.”
On Thursday visited Bauchi on a presidential jet to attend a special durbar ceremony organized in her honour by the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu, at his palace.
Miss Buhari’s visit on presidential jet has caused social media storm, with most people condemning the use of the Nigerian Airforce aircraft for “personal use”.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Miss Buhari is a certified creative photographer who recently bagged a first-class degree in Photography from a London University.
The photography aficionado arrived at Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi on Thursday, and was received by the First Lady of Bauchi State and other government officials.
It was gathered that the durbar was specially organized 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.
As a professional photographer, Miss Buhari is expected to document her experiences in pictorial form in her gallery.