June 24, 2024

‘Luxury jets for Tinubu, sufferings for Nigerians’ – PRP blasts Presidency


By Luminous Jannamike, Abuja

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has condemned the Presidency’s decision to purchase new luxury jets for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, describing it as reckless, insensitive, and a clear testament to the government’s detachment from reality.

Recall that Presidency sources had previously stated that the new jets are intended to enhance the President’s security and comfort during official trips.

However, the purchase has continued to spark outrage among many Nigerians, who view it as an unnecessary expense and a sign of the government’s disconnect from the people.

In a statement released on Monday, signed by Muhammed Ishaq, the party’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, the PRP criticized the government for prioritizing the President’s comfort over the welfare of Nigerians, who are struggling with economic hardship and poverty.

The party questioned the rationale behind the purchase, given the country’s current economic situation, and accused the government of being out of touch with the realities faced by ordinary citizens.

The PRP also noted that the Presidential jet purchased in 2003 is only 19 years old, and questioned why the government is not learning from examples of other countries like China and the US, which have used their presidential jets for 24 and 34 years respectively.

The PRP demanded that the government reconsider this wasteful expenditure and focus on delivering tangible benefits to the Nigerian people.

The party further called on all well-meaning Nigerians to join them in condemning this reckless spending spree and demanding better governance from their leaders.

PRP said, “The government’s decision to purchase new airplanes for the Presidential fleet is a clear testament to their detachment from reality and lack of empathy and accountability.

“They are prioritizing luxury spending over the welfare of the people, despite the country’s crippling economic woes and citizens struggling to make ends meet.

“It is unconscionable that the government is indulging in lavish spending sprees when the economy is in ruins, inflation rates are inching towards 40%, and workers’ wages have not been reviewed.

“They should focus on addressing the pressing issues of poverty, unemployment, and economic stagnation.

“Other countries like China and the US have shown that it is possible to manage with fewer resources. China purchased its Presidential jet from Boeing in 2000 and has been flying it for 24 years, while the US has a Presidential jet manufactured by Boeing that was purchased in 1990 and has been used by six successive American presidents for 34 years.

“We urge the government to remember that they are not serving themselves but the Nigerian people. They should prioritize our needs as a nation and be responsible in spending against dwindling resources.

“We demand that this wasteful expenditure be reconsidered and that the government instead focus on delivering tangible benefits to the Nigerian people.”