We like rigmarole and plenty english in this country sha! Instead of simply declaring the actual figure spent and letting the matter rest… they chose to speak plenty english.

The Presidency faced some criticism earlier this week when a newspaper report allegedly exaggerated the cost of the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, condemned the report in a rather long statement issued yesterday in Abuja.

It read: “Our attention has been drawn to an editorial published in the Nigerian Pilot of August 2, 2015 and an earlier report in which the total cost of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent trip to the U.S. was estimated at N2.2 billion.

Contrary to the newspaper’s assertions, the total cost of the trip to the Nigerian taxpayer was at the most minimal, in line with the policy of this administration to cut waste and extravagance… In point of fact, the total amount expended on the trip by the Office of the President amounted to nothing near ten per cent of the speculated figure.

Owing to the free accommodation provided by the host government, all the personal staff who accompanied the President on the trip received reduced allowances…His son, Yusuf, received neither allowances nor estacode…The five governors on the trip each paid his own way. Permanent Secretaries who traveled on the delegation did so in accordance with extant rules and none of them exceeded their estacode entitlements.”

Shehu also noted that the Nigerian-US relations which had suffered severely over the past few years had now been restored because of this trip.

I still think the exact amount spent should be made public rather than giving percentiles like “go figure it out”.


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