While many Nigerians are fretting about President Muhammadu Buhari missing in action in London for 55 days with his presidential jet allegedly parked at the airport running up charges of £4,000 a day (a claim that was denied by spokesman Garba Shehu), another scandal was being ignored.
A source told Naijiant.com that the president’s flight crew and aides – a grand total of 89 – have been housed at the Hilton Hotel in Paddington, West London at a rate of £400 a day. To verify the source’s claim that the hotel has been fully booked because of the Nigerian contingent, one of our reporters tried to book a room today (30 June) and all rooms, from executive suites, to executive rooms, to King and Double Beds were “sold out”.
The Paddington Hilton comes in handy for the night-crawlers among the Buhari crew. The Steam Bar is just downstairs near reception and is packed every weekend with young London-based Nigerian ladies with an eye for Nigerian public officials with a lot of oil money to spare.
Our source was not sure if the Buhari crew are killing time at the Steam Bar as they wait for their boss, who hasn’t been seen in public for 55 days, to recover and return home.Te