NIGE­RIA

Leader sell­ing two pres­i­den­tial jets as econ­omy sinks

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A spokesman says Nige­ria’s Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari is sell­ing two jets in line with a cam­paign prom­ise to re­duce un­nec­es­sary lux­u­ries, in­clud­ing the 11-air­craft pres­i­den­tial fleet.

A state­ment yes­ter­day from spokesman Garba Shehu says Buhari is ex­pected to hand over other air­craft in the fleet to the Nige­rian Air Force for its op­er­a­tions. He did not say how many.

News­pa­pers are ad­ver­tis­ing the sale of the two air­craft, a Das­sault Fal­con 7x ex­ec­u­tive jet and a Beechcraft Hawker 4000 busi­ness jet.

Nige­ria is suf­fer­ing a re­ces­sion and dou­ble-digit in­fla­tion caused by slump­ing oil prices.

The coun­try’s dire eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion is ag­gra­vated by mil­i­tant at­tacks on petroleum in­stal­la­tions and short­ages of for­eign cur­rency.

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