Following the standards of sub-Saharan African leaders, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has earned the – dirty-poor – reputation as probably the least corrupt African leader.
This, according to Washington Post, is coming on the heels of the public declaration of his assets.
Recall, last Thursday, a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the President has about N30m in his only bank account with Union Bank Plc, while the Vice President has a balance of N94m and $900,000.
Other assets declared by the president include: houses in his hometown, Daura, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja, as well as his farm in Daura. The President equally declared his investment in Berger Paints and landed property in Kano and Port Harcourt.
“President Buhari had no foreign account, no factory and no enterprises. He also had no registered company and no oil wells,” reads the statement released by the spokesman, describing the president’s assets as “Spartan.”
“Everyone in Abuja is just talking about how their vice-president is richer than President Buhari after wealth declaration!”— Cynthia Nyamai (@CynthiaNyamai) September 4, 2015
The question on many minds is this: Is Buhari, Nigeria’s former military ruler and ex-head of the oil ministry, telling the truth?
It would be recalled that former president, Goodluck Jonathan refused during his administration to make public his asset, which was declared to the Code of Conduct Bureau. Ex-President Umaru Yar’Adua, who Jonathan succeeded, was worth $5m.
The report by Washington Post said, “By the standards of sub-Saharan African leaders, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is dirt-poor. The question on many minds is this: Is Buhari, Nigeria’s former military ruler and ex-head of the oil ministry, telling the truth?”
“Corruption, after all, is a major problem in Africa’s largest economy. Buhari himself has publicly said that more than $150 billion is missing from the government’s coffers. Still, the public declaration appears to be an attempt to show some much-needed transparency. Buhari was elected in March largely by promising that he wouldn’t tolerate corruption.
“What is clear is that Buhari has done what his predecessors – and most other African leaders – have never done.”