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President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire allegedly authorising the use of the Presidential Jet for the wedding of one of his aides, Bashir Ahmad.

Reno Omokri, in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Saturday, called on the President to refund the National Treasury the cost of using the Presidential Jet for his PA’s wedding.

President Buhari’s assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad got married in Katsina on Friday, and the Presidential Jet was said to have been used to ferry him and others in the Presidential Villa to the venue.

The Presidency, however, denies using the jet to ferry Bashir, saying that it only flew the President’s representatives. However, Omokri insists the excuse is flawed, arguing that after five years in office, Buhari still does not understand statecraft.

Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, pointed out that a Presidential jet is not the property of the President but the nation. He noted that the presidential jet could only be used only in ferrying him (President Buhari) to and fro his official functions.

The former Presidential aide recalled that a similar incident happened in South Africa when on September 12, 2020. He said that it was discovered that President Cyril Ramaphosa had allowed his Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, to travel by South Africa’s Presidential Jet for an official meeting of the African National Congress.

According to him, “Once this came to light, the Julius Malema led Economic Freedom Fighters pressure group, insisted that the President and his party must reimburse the national treasury for the cost of the trip, as well as suspend the Defence Minister.

“In less than 48 hours, the ANC capitulated and reimbursed the national treasury, and the fate of the Defence Minister is hanging in the balance.
“Also, the Office of the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is investigating the ANC and the government over the incident. That is how it should be.
“It is a significant breach of his fiduciary duties for General Buhari to give out the Presidential jet to his representatives to his Personal Assistant, Bashir Ahmed’s wedding in Katsina on Friday, September 27, 2020. This is a private event that has no bearing on Nigeria.

And the excuse given by the Presidency that the jet did not ferry Bashir, but only flew the President’s representatives is flawed and shows that after five years in office, General Buhari still does not understand statecraft.

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“If this had occurred in the United Kingdom, it could have caused the government to fall. I understand that standards have slipped in Nigeria since 2015, but we must at least pretend to be a civilised nation.”

“The Buhari administration keeps complaining that times are hard, but they are living large at our expense and Nigerians should not take this lying low from a government that just increased fuel price and power tariff.”

“The wedding of your subordinates is a private affair. It is not an official function.”

“I, therefore, call on General Buhari to reimburse the national treasury for the cost of fuelling the Presidential jet to Katsina for Bashir Ahmad’s wedding, as well as the cost of paying the crew.”

“I also call on the President to suspend all public officials involved in this abuse of office. Failure to do so is proof positive that the President is not in charge of his government and his anti-corruption war is, in reality, an anti-opposition war.”

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