The Muhammadu Buhari led government has advertised the sale of two private jets in the presidential fleet, in an attempt to cut down the size of the fleet.
A Falcon 7x and Hawker 4000 are the aircraft to be disposed, according to an advert placed on page 35 of Tuesday’s edition of ThisDay Newspaper.
The Federal Government on Tuesday had put up a Falcon X70 and Hawker 400 from the presidential fleet on sale.
The advertorial detailed the specification of the planes as well as their performance levels, indicating that they were in pretty good condition.
Interested buyers were asked to inspect the Falcon at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Airport, Abuja, and the Hawker at Cessna Zurich Citation Service Centre, Zurich, Switzerland.
According to the notice from the Office of the National Security Adviser, the bids are to be quoted in dollars.
Confirming the planned sale of the aircraft, Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, said:
“This is correct. The federal government has put up an advert for the sale of some of the aircraft on the presidential fleet.”
“This exercise is by no means complete,” he said in a statement.
He also added, “The Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet will any time from now … hand over some other aircraft to the Airforce for their operations”.
Ben Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa east, had sometimes ago urged the president to sell off all the jets.
“I appeal to @MBuhari to sell off our 11 presidential jets. Maintaining them at the current ₦5.3 Billion per annum is against #commonsense.
Does it make #commonsense that our presidential air fleet is larger than the combined fleet of the Queen of England and the British PM?” he once wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have begun to react to the development: