Sequel to the launch of the national re-orientation campaign tagged ‘Change Begins With Me’ which took place yesterday, Thursday, September 8, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigerians called on Buhari to set the ball rolling by reducing the cost of governance, first, by cutting down on the number of presidential jets.
A Nigerian blogger and public speaker, Japheth Omojuwa, said: “Change begins with selling the presidential jets. ONLY a genuinely rich country should think of having up to 3. We have about 10 jets.”
As Nigerians aired their views on the launched programme, some took to Twitter to urge the government to begin the change from the Presidency. See some of the comments below:
Obayemi Christy @xtyolly1402: change begins with cutting govt excesses 6:16 PM – 8 Sep 2016
SIL @irason3: Let the change start from presidential villa and the citizens will follow without coercion and launching of any kind.
YinKa @yinkaagunloye07: We have 11jets. During campaign we were told the jets would be converted to national carrier. Nothing has changed. Same ol same.
SK – Sola Kuti @SKSolaKuti After promising #Change. Buhari/APC failed. Now they want to launch a fraudulent “Change Begins With Me” campaign to heap the blame on us.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari made a promise to Nigerians a year ago, to reduce the cost of governance by selling a part of his presidential jets.
Therefore, in fulfillment that promise, the presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, as a follow-up on the ‘Change Begins With Me’ launch, announced on Thursday evening, that President Buhari has issued an order for the reduction of the number of jets in his fleet.
He wrote on Twitter:
“There is a government committee already in place, working to reduce the number of aircraft in the presidential fleet.
“Some aircraft will be boarded, some others returned to the Air Force for operations. The Change is here.
“There is hope for Nigeria, a hope that was previously clouded by corruption, greed and lack of focus”.
Change has begun with President Buhari.