A human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana SAN, has condemned comments by the presidency that the president's family have the right to use the presidential private jet.
He emphasised that it is wrong, stating that the official policy does not authorise the children of the president to use the Presidential jets to attend to private social functions.
Recall that the President's daughter, Hanan Buhari, had used the Presidential private jet to attend the Dubar organized for her in Bauchi State.
A photo of Hanan being received at the airport went viral with many attacks against the presidency for such acts.
Meanwhile, the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, had in reaction to criticisms, said, “It’s true that a member of the first family was flown to Bauchi on a mission duly authorised."
However, Mr Falana, in a statement on Sunday, berated Shehu, for saying that by tradition all members of the first family have the right to use the Presidential jet for private engagements. He described the use of the President jet for personal use as an abuse of office.
The activist said, “In fact, there is no precedent whatsoever for such privatisation of the presidency of Nigeria. Having publicly declared that his administration would maintain ‘a compact and reliable aircraft for the safe airlift of the President, the Vice-President and other government officials that go on special missions,’ President Buhari is stopped from allowing members of the first family to use the jets for their private affairs.”
Therefore, the senior advocate asked the Presidency to apologise to Nigerians rather than justify the actions