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Dele Momodu weighs in on presidential jet debate, says time for leaders to fly commercial

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By Temi Olowu

Media Mogul and politician. Dele Momodu has called for a reassessment of the necessity for presidential jets in Nigeria, labeling them an overindulgence during challenging economic times.

His comments come amidst growing public scrutiny of government expenditures and a national dialogue on fiscal responsibility.

Momodu specifically referenced President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, noting that Tinubu owned private jets before assuming office, and suggested that Tinubu could lead by example by downsizing the presidential fleet and reverting to using his private jets.

Furthermore, Momodu recommended that the President and his entourage utilize commercial flights when necessary, proposing that they could hire planes from Air Peace, a prominent Nigerian airline with a fleet capable of handling long-haul flights.

This approach, he argued on his post on the social media platform, X, would support local businesses while demonstrating fiscal prudence.

“There’s no compulsory reason for a country to own Presidential jets. In fact, it is an overindulgence,” Momodu wrote on X platform on Wednesday.

He urged Tinubu to demonstrate the sacrifice he advocates by making this change, adding, “Trouble is our politicians are outlandishly flamboyant.”

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Momodu’s comments also supported remarks made by Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party during the last general election, who has similarly criticized the maintenance of a large presidential fleet.

Obi has been vocal about the need for greater financial discipline and transparency within the government, especially during times of economic hardship.

The conversation around presidential jets and government spending is particularly pertinent as Nigeria faces significant economic challenges, including inflation and high unemployment rates.

Critics argue that the costs associated with maintaining a fleet of presidential jets are unjustifiable when the country is grappling with these issues.

Supporters of maintaining the presidential fleet, however, argue that such assets are necessary for the efficient and secure transportation of the President and other high-ranking officials.

They contend that the logistical needs and security concerns of the nation’s leaders justify the expense.

This debate reflects broader tensions in the country regarding governmental transparency, economic management, and the allocation of resources.

As Nigeria continues to navigate its economic recovery, the decisions made by its leaders regarding such expenditures will likely remain a focal point of public discourse.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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