I will maintain a modest lifestyle as President, I will resuscitate Nigerian Airways. All Presidential aircraft will be brought under Nigerian Airways.
One of the major killer of our economy apart from corruption is waste. Our scarce resources are being plunder away very carelessly and unnecessarily wasted. Let me give an instance, presently, there are more than 6 aircraft in the presidential fleet.
What do you call that? Billions of naira is budgeted every year for the maintenance of these aircraft not to talk of operational cost and other expenses.
You may want to ask what a Nigerian President is doing with so much aircraft when a Prime Minister of Britain fly around using the same public aircraft like an ordinary Briton.
Go and check and compare with that of any developed country in the world, the office of the Nigerian President is a very expensive one inspite our high level of poverty and joblessness.
Despite all these, you still find a Nigerian Minister spending about N10billion to charter an aircraft for just one year. Now, for me, when we come into office, all these waste will be blocked and properly channelled into our economy. We intend for instance, to bring back our National carrier, the Nigerian Airways. We shall do this by bringing all the aircraft in the presidential fleet into the Nigerian airway and within a year increase the fleet into about 20.
What is the Difference between me and those who elected us to represent them, absolutely nothing. Why should Nigerian President not fly with other Nigerian public? Why do I need to embark on a foreign trip as a president with a huge crowd with public funds? Why do I need to go for foreign medical trip if we cannot make our
hospital functional? Why do we need to send our children to school abroad if we cannot developed our university to compete with the foreign ones?
Why, and why must our people be servants to the foreigners in the midst of plenty? I can go on and on. I came here in the UK and I chose to trek just to make sure I sent a message back home to some people who wish us dead.
This is not my struggle, it is our collective efforts to save Nigeria from those who have failed us for 16 years.
General Muhammadu Buhari speaking in London on Saturday, February 21, 2015.