By Adenike Lucas
President Muhammadu Buhari has had to postpone his visit to Bauchi due to prevailing weather conditions in the country.
President Buhari, who was expected to commission several projects by the state government, expressed his disappointment at not been able to attend as scheduled today, Thursday 29 December 2016.
He was unable to attend as scheduled due to the disruption caused by the bad weather.
“The commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Commodore Hassan Abubakar, said that the Presidential Aircraft was in perfect condition, the weather in Bauchi was alright, but that the problem was in Abuja.”
The President had also been forced to cancel his trip to Bauchi on December 13 because of the trip he had to make to Gambia over President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept the result of the elections.
In a recorded video message, President Buhari said he had looked forward to the visit in the course of which he was to commission the newly established Air Force Base and a 60 bed ultra-modern hospital in the state.
“We make our plans, God makes His own plans,” the 74-year-old was heard saying.
A spokesperson in President Buhari’s office provided more information as to why the President has had to postpone the visit to Bauchi for the second time.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President said: “the bad weather conditions experienced at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday morning prevented the take-off of the President’s plane for the trip to Bauchi.
“Uncooperative weather, which has been the bane of air travel in the current harmattan season leading to delay and cancellation of flights, reared its head in Abuja Airport this morning, preventing the take-off of the President’s plane for the trip to Bauchi.
“Technical information received from the weather station showed that visibility as at this morning was 600 meters, 200 metres short of the 800 metres minimally required for a safe aircraft take-off,” Mallam Shehu added.
“According to the information available, the visibility was expected to drop to 300 metres before improving to permissible limit later in the day.”