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No plans for new presidential aircraft — Akpabio

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has dismissed reports claiming that the 10th Senate is proposing the procurement of a new aircraft for President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Senator Kashim Shettima.

In a statement on Tuesday, Akpabio’s media aide, Jackson Udom, quoted him addressing newsmen in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, after leading a delegation to pay a condolence visit to Senator Tahir Monguno over his father’s death.

Last week, media reports suggested that the Senate President had commented that the Senate would approve the purchase of new aircraft for the President and Vice President, despite the ongoing hunger crisis in Nigeria.

Akpabio described the report as the work of “propagandists and fifth columnists,” noting that the Senate is focused on delivering legislation to support President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

Expressing satisfaction with the current security situation in Borno State, Akpabio urged Nigerians to continue praying for the current administration.

“I want to dispel the rumour that you are hearing that the Senate President said he will buy a new plane for the President and his Vice, irrespective of the fact that Nigerians are hungry or whatever.

“I never said that. I was actually in Zanzibar, Tanzania. It is the handiwork of propagandists and fifth columnists, who never see anything good in what we are doing. Be rest assured, pray for the government, have patience and be assured that the combination of Tinubu and Shettima will bring wealth and prosperity to all.”

“I am happy to see that peace has returned to Borno, as a result of the hard work of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I want to tell the good people of Borno to continue to support the administration,” he added.

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