The Report on president Buhari’s “Technical stopover” in the united kingdom has sparked up controversy from Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party. Saying the president left the United States for the united kingdom (UK) without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly in compliance with the constitutional provision. But in a swift reaction, the presidency says “Technical stopover” was to refuel and repair jet.
In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the development as embarrassing.
“President Buhari had on Tuesday left the United States, where he had an embarrassing and fruitless outing and instead of returning to the country, detoured to the UK for another private visit without regard to full disclosure requirements of our constitution and laws. “Nigerians are worried about the signal being sent out by this penchant for a secret itinerary, particularly, given the poor reputation and government transparency issues confronting our nation under the Buhari administration.
“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 purpose of the visit and the cost to our nation,” the statement read in part. Reports had it that President Mohammadu Buhari made a stopover in the United Kingdom after his visit to the President of the United States of America, USA, at the instance of his technical crew, who decided to break the long US trip to refuel and do routine checks on the jet being used.
Meanwhile, presidency had cleared the air as to the reason president Mohammadu Buhari made a stopover in the United Kingdom after his visit to the President of the United States of America, USA. It said the technical crew decided to break the long US trip to refuel and do routine checks on the jet being used. Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu, told newsmen Thursday afternoon, that Buhari’s technical crew decided to break the long US trip to refuel and do routine checks. Shehu said, “The big jet is under repair. It has been taken for major repairs. So the President is using a small plane and there is a limit to the distance the small plane can cover.
So, the technical stopover I talked about is that the journey from US to Abuja is broken into two. Technical stopover is that the plane stops at a point, refuel, do some checks and then proceed on the journey. This is very normal. There is nothing unusual about it. In any case, they are already on their way back home. It is a routine thing.
The plane can do Abuja-Washington, that’s about 12 hours and the maximum the plane can fly is 12 hours, 40minutes. But you don’t need to push it to the edge,” the spokesman said.The spokesman equally described as wrong, the hasty condemnation of the U.S. President by some Muslim groups and some sections of the media in the country without the benefit of a full view and understanding of what was said and the context in which it was said