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Jets for Tinubu, Shettima: Govt insensitive to suffering masses- Obi

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Jets for Tinubu, Shettima: Govt insensitive to suffering masses- Obi

Former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has described the decision of the federal government to purchase jets for President Tinubu and Vice President Shettima as insensitive.

 

Obi said amid worst economic crisis affecting the citizens, hunger, insecurity, poverty, homelessness, high inflation, falling currency and homelessness; the federal government preferred luxury to the suffering of the masses.

 

“At a time when our country is trending on the global media for facing its worst economic crisis, marked by high inflation, a falling currency, and widespread poverty, the government’s plan to buy new presidential jets demonstrates extreme insensitivity to citizens’ struggles.

 

“With rising insecurity, poverty, hunger, and homelessness, this decision highlights the disconnect between the government and the people. It is unacceptable and demands a more compassionate use of resources, prioritizing citizens’ welfare,” Obi said.

 

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The former Labour Party presidential candidate queried why the federal government would prefer to buy another jets for the president and vice president when the current jets have average of 12 years lifespan. He argued that the first presidential jets in use were purchased less than 12 years ago when Nigerians could afford “basic necessities”, but now the poverty of Nigeria and Nigerians showed the decision for other jets was insensitive.

 

“It’s on record that our presidential jets have an average age of 12 years, purchased when most Nigerians could afford basic necessities. Now, as our country faces significant challenges, including a high debt profile, our citizens are in even greater need.

 

“Instead of adding to our luxuries, we should be focused on alleviating their suffering and finding solutions to their problems. For long, our bad leadership has made our priorities, as leaders, to be at variance to the needs of society, which is why we are headed now south, as a nation.

 

“Let us work together to build a nation that truly serves its people, not just the interests of a few. Let’s rise to the challenge, and build this new Nigeria which is now more possible than ever before,” Obi added.

 

Currently, Nigeris has 1 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 737, 1 Gulfstream G550, 1 Gulfstream G500, 2 Falcon 7X, 1 HS 4000, 2 Agusta 139 helicopters and 2 Agusta 101 helicopters.

 

President had proposed selling three presidential jets to reduce maintenance costs and cost of governance. With the three jets not sold and two more to be purchased, the costs of maintenance and governance are expected to rise amid hunger ravaging the citizens.