The CNN, has on Wednesday, described
President Muhamamdu Buhari’s approval for the complete closure of Nnamdi
Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as a huge embarrassment.
Its described the planned closure as a
“huge incurable economic ailment” that would hunt down the economy,
because of the refusal of major foreign airliners to use the Kaduna
Airport, due to security reasons.
Recall, that before Buhari went on an
emergency medical vacation to London, he approved the closure of the
International Airport. The Airport is expected to be shut down for six
weeks, from Wednesday, March 8.
In the CNN report that was published on
its website, the news cable described the Airport as the “gateway to
Nigeria’s capital and seat of government. It is a vital resource for
public officials, VIPs, and business travelers.”
It further revealed, that the Abuja
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport handled almost 5,000 domestic
flights in December alone, making it the second busiest Airport in the
“The shutdown is expected to cause
severe disruptions. But the decision has been forced by the increasingly
decrepit and dangerous condition of the Airport’s sole runway, which
has ruptured in several places”, the CNN reports.
Aviation stakeholders had considered
other options to keep the airport open, such as night-only repairs, but
the Buhari administration rejected the offer.