President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had declared their assets in forms submitted at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB). Critics have pilloried Buhari especially for not making his assets public. Just 40 hours before the new administration marks its first 100 days, The Presidency has made both leaders’ assets public. Mr Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, issued a statement on Thursday evening. Though he stated that “as soon as the CCB is through with the process, the documents will be released to the Nigerian public and people can see for themselves”, the presidential spokesman went ahead to reveal the asset declarations:
“The documents submitted to the CCB, which officials say are still being vetted and will soon be made public, show that prior to being sworn in on May 29, President Buhari had less than N30 million to his name. He also had only one bank account, with the Union Bank. President Buhari had no foreign account, no factory and no enterprises. He also had no registered company and no oil wells”.
The statement added that President Buhari “had shares in Berger Paints, Union Bank and Skye Bank”.
“President Buhari had 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. One of the mud houses in Daura was inherited from his late older sister, another from his late father. He borrowed money from the old Barclays Bank to build two of his homes.
“President Buhari also has two undeveloped plots of land, one in Kano and the other in Port Harcourt. He is still trying to trace the location of the Port Harcourt land.
“In addition to the homes in Daura, he has farms, an orchard and a ranch. The total number of his holdings in the farm includes 270 heads of cattle, 25 sheep, five horses, a variety of birds and a number of economic trees.”
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. The rest were donated to him by well-wishers after his jeep was damaged in a Boko Haram bomb attack on his convoy in July 2014”.
The same forms, according to Shehu, show that “the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), 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”.
“Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s asset declaration includes his 4-bedroom residence at Victoria Garden City, Lagos, and a 3-bedroom flat at 2 Mosley Road, Ikoyi. The vice president also has a 2-bedroom flat at the popular Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan expressway and a 2-bedroom mortgaged property in Bedford, England. Aside from these, the vice president has no other landed properties on the form.
“Apart from his law firm, known as SimmonsCooper, the vice-president also declared shareholding in six private companies based in Lagos, including Octogenerium Ltd., Windsor Grant Ltd., Tarapolsa, Vistorion Ltd., Aviva Ltd. and MTN Nigeria.
“His personal vehicles are one Infinity 4-Wheel Drive SUV, one Mercedes Benz and a Prado Jeep.