Buhari finalizes plan to sell two presidential aircraft

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President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded plans to sell two presidential aircraft – a Falcon 7x executive jet and Hawker 4000.
In October this year, the presidency confirmed that the sale of two
jets had been approved by
Buhari
and adverts were placed in newspapers for interested buyers.

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A top Presidency source told PUNCH on Monday that the process of
selling the aircraft, which was handled by the Office of the National
Security Adviser, had been concluded.
He said: “The bids were opened in the presence of all interested parties about two weeks ago.
“At the end of the exercise, all those who participated commended the process which they described as very transparent.”
He, however, refused to disclose the identities of the preferred
bidders and the amount the Federal Government would realize from the
sales. But promised that the details would be made public soon.
“The report will be made available to the President first. Once he
approves it, it will be made public in accordance with the present
administration’s policy,” he said.
In his statement on October 4, the Senior Special Assistant to the
President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained that the
decision to sell the jets in the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF), was to
cut down on
waste(http://dailypost.ng/2016/10/05/buhari-wants-sell-presidential-aircrafts-cut-waste-garba-shehu/).
Two aircraft had also been handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, to
help in the fight against Boko Haram
(http://dailypost.ng/2016/10/11/buhari-hands-two-presidential-aircraft-use-boko-haram/).
Shehu said back then: “When he campaigned to be President, the then
All Progressives Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, if you recall,
promised to look at the Presidential Air Fleet with a view to cutting
down on waste.

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“His directive to a government committee on this assignment is that
he liked to see a compact and reliable aircraft for the safe airlift of
the President, the Vice-President and other government officials that go
on special missions.
“This exercise is by no means complete.
“I am sure the Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet will any time
from now, call you to a ceremony at which he will hand over some other
aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force for their operations.”
According to the Presidency, the PAF had 10 aircraft at the inception of this administration.

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