The presidency on Thursday clarified its previous statement
that President Muhammadu Nuhari had a “technical
stopover” in London.
Garba Shehu had earlier explained that technical stopover
hindered the President from arriving Nigeria on Wednesday
after leaving Washington on Tuesday morning.
However, the People’s Docractic Party questioned Buhari’s
stop over at the U.K. urging the government to stop
deceiving Nigerians and reveal the truth.
Garba Shehu, spokesman of President Buhari, speaking on
the UK stopover, said the big” presidential jet is undergoing
repairs and there was a limit to the travel distance of the
small plane his principal was currently using.
“The big jet is under repairs. It has been taken for major
repairs. So the president is using a small plane and there is
a limit to the distance the small plane can cover.
“So the technical stopover I talked about is that the journey
from US to Abuja is broken into two. Technical stopover is
that the plane stops at a point, refuel, do some checks and
then proceed on the journey.
“It is a routine thing. The plane can do Abuja-Washington,
that’s about 12 hours and the maximum the plane can fly is
12 hours, 40 minutes.
“But you don’t need to push it to the edge. This is very
normal. There is nothing unusual about it. In any case, they
are already on their way back home,” he said.