By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Friday has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government to perish the thought of trying to use the ‘unveiling’ of a nonexistent national carrier ‘Nigeria Air,’ to deceive Nigerians, saying the electorate know what to do in the 2019 general elections.
The party said it was unfortunate that, having run out of promises without a development project to show, President Buhari and the ruling party were now trying to fly a kite to win the support of Nigerians.
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party questioned the rationale in unveiling the national carrier outside the shores of the nation.
“Is it not comical that while other nations are unveiling and rolling out real planes, the Buhari administration, in a most hilarious manner, is ‘unveiling’ drawings of an airplane, name, logo and imaginary routes of a nonexistent fleet, as our national carrier, in faraway London?
“What President Buhari and his handlers fail to understand is that Nigerians can see through their fraud and lies.
“Apart from drawings of airplanes, there are no structures to indicate that a new airline, billed to commence operation in December this year, is being set up; there are no offices, no recruitment of personnel and no form of ground activity anywhere in the country.
“Does it not smack of pure scam that less than six months to commence operations, the supposed new airline has not even started the process of licensing, even when it takes a minimum of six months for a new airline to obtain Air Operating License and three months to develop its manuals?
“If the Buhari administration is not on a fantasy trip to beguile Nigerians and pave further ways for its humongous corruption, it should have focused on our existing national carrier structures, in addition to three operating airlines, already taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON),” the statement read in part.