I read on Linda Ikeji and other blogs about the Kenyans ridicule of President Jonathan on visiting their country with 7 private jets which is said to be the largest fleet of aircraft brought into their country by any one president.
I am not a Politician, neither am I in support of our president having 10 Private Jets in his fleet and a maintenance budget of N1.52billion; But i want to correct the impression behind the posts circulating around.
The president visited Kenya with 7 Jets, but not all were his. According to the video, the woman said; “Your president visited our country with seven private jets and that’s never happened before. We were all excited. This is Nigeria. It’s the country with the largest private jets. Seven private jets only. I know there must be more but for us still that was wow. Everybody came in their own jets.” Now note the phrase, everybody came in their own jets.
The Star, a Kenyan News site posted this on their website; “A high-powered delegation of Nigerian investors is expected to fly in today to join the three-day state visit of President Goodluck Jonathan. Around 50 wealthy investors will arrive in a fleet of seven private jets, according to a close source.
They include Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, Africa’s richest businessman, ranked among the top 25 in the world, whose worth is over $20 billion (over Sh1.75 trillion).
The two economic powerhouses of West and East Africa are expected to sign major trade deals in their first meeting of such magnitude. The Nigerian President’s plane will touch down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 4pm and he will be welcomed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.” Now note the phases in Italics.
With the above, i can conclusively tell you that yes, the Nigerian delegation to Kenya might have arrived in 7 private jets, but the President only came in one while other billionaires who were part if the group which included; Azudialu of Nestoil, Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Jim Ovia, Sani Dangote etc came in theirs.