The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari may be poorer now than he was in 2015.
Backstory: Speaking at a dinner for volunteers of the APC presidential campaign in Abuja, Osinbajo narrated a story about how he saw President Muhammadu Buhari’s assets declaration form in 2015 and exclaimed, “Mr President, I am so much richer than you, it is an embarrassment,” to which the president replied with, “I am only a soldier, you are a big lawyer, so you should have more money than me.”
“I can tell you that he is perhaps even poorer than he was in 2015 when I saw his declaration of assets form,” he said.
The problem: There is no way to verify the truthfulness of Osinbajo’s claims about Buhari’s wealth. The Code of Conduct Bureau has refused to publicly release it and the president and VP who both promised during the 2015 campaign that they would publicly release it did not do so, instead they released a press statement itemising some of the assets.
What Nigeria needs now, according to Osinbajo: The VP said that “the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is the appropriate and right government for Nigeria at this time.” Why? Because, according to him, “what our country needs the most is honest government… Our country is not short of ideas, projects or money. What we are short of is integrity in office. Corruption is the major problem that our country has faced. And once we are able to deal with it effectively, we will be the great nation that we ought to be.”
One more thing: Buhari does not need to talk: Osinbajo responded to Nigerians who believe that the president needs to communicate with citizens more. He said that Buhari “doesn’t need to be an orator. All he needs to do is be a doer. And that is what he is doing.”