President Tinubu and his vice, Kashim Shettima, may be getting a new aircraft as the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence has asked the Federal Government to purchase new aircraft for the duo.

President Tinubu
President Bola Tinubu

The recommendation was made by the committee in a report it released after investigating the status of the aircraft in the presidential air fleet.

“The committee is of the strong and informed opinion that, considering the fragile structure of the Nigerian federation and recognising the dire consequences of any foreseen or unforeseen mishap that may arise as a result of the technical or operational inadequacy of the presidential air fleet, it is in the best interest of the country to procure two additional aircraft as recommended.

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This will also prove to be most cost-efficient in the long run, apart from the added advantage of providing a suitable, comfortable, and safe carrier befitting of the status and responsibilities of the office of the president and vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The House of Representatives in May mandated the committee to conduct a “comprehensive investigation” into the aircraft in the presidential fleet to ascertain their airworthiness and technical status.

The House resolution was a sequel to a motion sponsored by Satomi Ahmed, chairman of the House Committee.

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Ahmed’s motion followed reports of faulty aircraft in the presidential air fleet, forcing the president to use a chartered plane from the Netherlands to Saudi Arabia during his recent trip abroad.

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