Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, September 11, 2015

Lead by example

President Buhari of Nigeria has challenged all political leaders to publicly declare their wealth. He and his vice president have now done so. Will others be able to step up to the plate? What will the pressure on them to do so have on government and politics?

President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo Reveal Assets
The Presidency yesterday made public details of assets declared by President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

Both had made campaign promises to reveal their assets to Nigerians if they come to power.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu… said prior to being sworn in on May 29, Buhari had less than N30 million to his name…

Buhari has a total of five homes, and two mud houses in Daura. "He had two homes in Kaduna, one each in Kano, Daura and in Abuja.

"In addition… he has farms, an orchard and a ranch. The total number of his holdings in the farm include 270 heads of cattle, 25 sheep, five horses, a variety of birds and a number of economic trees", he said.

He added also that Buhari uses a number of cars, two of which he bought from his savings and the others supplied to him by the federal government in his capacity as former Head of State…

He also disclosed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo "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 (equivalent to N177million) in his bank accounts.

He said as revealed by the same forms, highlights of Osinbajo's asset declaration include his 4-bedroom residence at Victoria Garden City, Lagos and a 3-bedroom flat at 2 Mosley Road, Ikoyi… a 2-bedroom flat at the popular Redemption Camp… and a 2-bedroom mortgaged property in Bedford, England…

"His personal vehicles are one Infinity 4-Wheel Drive SUV, one Mercedes Benz and a Prado Jeep," Garba said…

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