Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, flew a private jet to Delta State for a weekend trip to commission a “King Jesus and I Ministry’s Covenant Alter of Testimony.” The private jet is estimated to cost about 1,392,650 Naira ($7K) per hour, which means Speaker Dogara’s estimated two-day trip cost about N66.8 million ($336,000).
After SaharaReporters broke the news, Speaker Dogara told the media that he paid for the trip himself and did not use public money to fund his personal getaway.
Speaker Dogara, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), just began his term in the National Assembly on a campaign, which promised to fight corruption and waste in government. He was recently elected as Speaker of the House in the midst of infighting between APC factions in the National Assembly.
The Speaker did not explain how he could afford to pay his own weekend trip in a luxury jet, when he has been a National Assembly representative since 2007.
His N66.8 million trip culminated with a speech at the Ubuli-uku-based ministry that upon all politicians in Nigeria to end the political fighting and to “allow popular will to prevail” across the country. He said that he did not want to travel to Delta State but was "directed by God" to come and speak to the church members.
SaharaReporters attempted to reach Speaker Dogara and his aides for comment but they did not return any calls or texts.