Low activities in Abuja airport as IBB, OBJ, others shun Buhari’s inauguration
By Isiaq Olumodan with Agency Report
The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday witnessed low activities as a result of the inauguration of the new administration at both federal and state governments’ level, just as two former Nigerian presidents who opposed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari were conspicuously absent at his inauguration ceremony.
Apart from Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, both of whom are believed to have supported Atiku Abubakar for the February presidential election, former Head of States, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar were also absent at the Eagle Square, Abuja, venue of the inauguration.
No reason has been given for their absence. Although, the federal government through its former Information Minister, Alh. Lai Mohammed had announced that the inauguration would be low-key. Major events that would have been part of the inauguration have been scheduled for June 12 which has now been declared Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
Meanwhile, The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the airport witnessed a decreased movement of passengers and aircraft at both domestic and international wings.
The Station Manager, Max Air, Kehinde Ogunyale, told NAN that air traffic was very low even though there was no restriction of flight operations at the airport.
Ogunyale said that the airport was unusually scanty, adding that all the airlines’ counters were very quiet.
“There is no traffic at all, it is very low because of the inauguration.
“Everywhere is quiet because we are not doing normal flights today since there are no passengers,” he said.
Similarly, an official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria who pleaded anonymity told NAN that passenger movement was normal at the international wing.
He said that some foreign airlines had arrived while Ethiopian airlines were expected to land at 11:30.
He said that many international passengers were being checked in to board their flights.
At the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) where charter operations take place, he said that few private jets had landed with few dignitaries making their way to the city.
According to him, only a few domestic airlines have arrived and departed this morning because there is no much traffic.