Notable human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has added a voice to the controversies raised by the use of a presidential jet by Hanan Buhari, daughter of Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Falana, the use of the presidential jet by the president’s daughter for personal engagements is illegal. The senior legal practitioner urged the president to discourage family members from further use of aircraft in the fleet for their individual activities.
The lawyer argued through a statement on Sunday, January 12, that the policy of the country does not permit the president’s children to fly the presidential jets when they are attending social events.
“In fact, there is no precedent whatsoever for such privatisation of the presidency of Nigeria,” the lawyer said in the statement. “The so called ‘normal practice’ of using the aircraft in the presidential fleet by members of the first family to attend to private engagements is not backed by any extant law or official policy,” Falana said. He said stopping the use of the jets in such manner would help to cut cost of governance.
Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, said Nigeria’s first family have the right to use the presidential jet when they want. Shehu noted that Hanan applied for and got the necessary nod from her father who also told the National Security Adviser (NSA).