Nigeria’s presidential jets for sale as economy goes down

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the sale of two of the 11 presidential jets, as the cost to maintain them is getting too much to bear, local media reports said this week.

The Office of the President said a Falcon 7X executive jet and a Hawker 4000 have been put up for sale and potential buyers can view them at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the capital Abuja, and at the Cessna Zurich Centre in Switzerland, respectively.

Nigeria, whose economy is said to be sliding further into recession, is stepping up efforts to cut down on corruption, bad governance and lavish spending.

Garba Shehu, a high-ranking official in Buhari’s office was quoted by as saying that one of the president’s promises during the election campaign was that he would look at the Presidential Air Fleet with a view to cutting down on waste.  Some aircraft in the fleet would also soon be handed over to the Nigeria Air Force for its operations, the office of the president added.

However, the selling price has not been disclosed – a typical ‘bad behavior’ in Nigeria politics, as the lack of financial transparency and government accountability have thrown the majority of people in this wealthy nation into a pit of extreme poverty and underdevelopment.

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