Nigeria's Buhari stops in London on return from US

Pearl Mccarthy
May 6, 2018

The former Head of State's warning is coming at a time the Senate was considering an impeachment motion against President Muhammadu Buhari over the purchase of $496 million Tucano aircraft from the United States, without legislative approval.

Shehu said this while clarifying his earlier comment that the president had a "technical stopover" in London. So the president is using a small plane and there is a limit to the distance the small plane can cover.

Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, had earlier announced that Buhari would arrive in Nigeria this evening.

The Senator who made the commendation in Abuja yesterday said "President Buhari made Nigerians proud by his candour and excellent account of the achievements of the Federal Government".

He said the "big" president jet is faulty and is now undergoing repairs, while the one he is using is limited in capacity.

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The president had a brief stopover in London which the presidency attributed to the small size of the plane. It has been taken for major repairs. This is very normal. "But you don't need to push it to the edge", Shehu said. "No wonder President Trump ordered him in a rather condescending manner to go back home and stop the killings going on in Nigeria!", Mr Obasanjo was quoted in a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

Uzodimma, also the Senate Committee Chairman on Custom, Excise and Tariffs, who only last week joined APC said such rare commendations coming from no less a person than the President of the World's best democracy, the United States, only go to show that the Buhari led Federal Government is indeed making visible progress, particularly in the areas of corruption and terrorism.

"The Presidency must understand that President Buhari is not a private citizen and as long as his upkeep and itinerary is sourced from our hard-earned resources, there must be full disclosure, as citizens deserve to know the goal of the visit and the cost to our nation", the PDP said.

He said "it was heartwarming to note that the President used the auspicious occasion of his visit to the U.S. to re-assure that an end to the killings in the country was in sight".

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