While seeking to be elected as President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari had promised Nigerians that he would publicly declare his assets as soon as he took over government.
He had said: “I pledge to publicly declare my assets and liabilities, encourage all my appointees to publicity declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment.”
Over three months after he was sworn in as president, Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have finally declared their asset, fulfilling one of their many campaign promises.
Earlier, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had rejected the request to make public the content of Buhari and Osinbajo’s assets declarations.
On Thursday, September 3, a source at the bureau said the documents submitted by Buhari which officials say “are still being vetted and will soon be made public”, showed that prior to being sworn in on May 29, the president had less than N30 million to his name.
The document also showed that the president had only one bank account, with the Union Bank, shares in Berger Paints, Union Bank and Skye Bank, a total of five homes, and two mud houses in Daura.
Osinbajo, on the other hand, who had been a successful lawyer before his foray into politics declared a bank balance of about N94 million and 900,000 United States Dollars in his bank accounts.
Nigerians have started reacting to this news on social media. While some are commending Buhari, others are not impressed.
Some Nigerians are not impressed over the asset declaration by Buhari and Osinbajo.