.Says She Flew In Presidential Plane
.Commends Courage of Pilot, Air Force Crew
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has recounted how she experienced “violent turbulence” aboard a Presidential Air Fleet plane during a return trip to Nigeria from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The First Lady said she travelled to Dubai for “medical treatment”, though she did not disclose the nature of ailment.
However, during the return trip last Thursday, the President’s wife said the plane, manned by an Air Force pilot, experienced serious turbulence mid-air.
THE WHISTLER learnt that the incident sent jitters into the spines of the occupants of the air craft.
However, she stated that it took the courage of the pilot, an Air Force Captain, to stabilise the plane and navigate it to safe landing in Abuja.
She wrote, “I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their prayers and well wishes while I was away for medical treatment in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE).
“I am well now and fully recovered and have since returned back home, Nigeria.
“On our way back, the Nigerian Air force flight encountered a violent clear air turbulence which was navigated safely and professionally by the Captain and crew of the flight.
“I want to commend and appreciate the courage and professionalism of the captain and his crew, the wonderful gallant service men and women of the entire Nigerian Air Force for their dedication to duty and the quality of maintenance of its fleet.
“I recall hosting the private healthcare providers earlier in the year and we had a very productive engagement where the issue of building the capacity of Nigeria health sector was the major focus, and funding was discovered to be the major challenge.
“I, therefore, call on the healthcare providers to take the advantage of the Federal Government’s initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines for the operation of N100 Billion Credit Support for the Healthcare Sector as was released recently contained in a circular dated March 25, 2020 to the commercial banks.
“This will no doubt help in building and expanding the capacity of the Nigerian health sector and ultimately reduce medical trips and tourism outside the country.
“Once again, I thank our front-line workers and all Nigerians for their steadfastness as we navigate the challenges facing the entire world.”