Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s First Lady, has defended her decision to post video of her daughter, Hanan, inside the Presidential jet on her Facebook.
According to Aisha, she did so to show support to her daughter, following the backlash she received from Nigerians for using the aircraft for a private trip.
In what many Nigerians termed defiance on the part of the first family, the mother on Monday, posted a 55 seconds video of her daughter’s activities while on the trip to Bauchi.
Hanan was said to be on a study tour of Bauchi Emirate, as part of the requirement for her Master’s programme in a foreign university.
In his reaction to the video, Aliyu Abdullahi, Special Adviser on Media to Aisha, he said her principal’s action was simply aimed at explaining the daughter’s business in the state and also lift her spirit.
The media aide added that the first family only fly presidential jets while on trips within Nigeria, in order to avoid the inconveniences other travellers may be subjected to.
“I must say that the First Lady can’t taunt Nigerians,” he told Premium Times in a phone interview.
“For those who fly the British Airways very well, they would know that except the president is on a trip outside the country, she goes on commercial flight.”
“You can imagine the inconveniences the security operatives around the first family could subject other travellers to if it were to be a commercial jet. So, the truth is that the First Lady never meant to taunt anyone but rather, she is trying to explain what the trip was all about and to boost the morale of a daughter who had been subjected to tirades,” he stated.