As President, Buhari Now Poorer Than He Was, Osinbajo Claims

Yemi Osinbajo, incumbent vice president, has said his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, is now poorer than he was before becoming president in the present democratic regime.

Mr Osinbajo stated this on Friday at the presidential villa while addressing volunteers who canvassed votes for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) during the campaigns for 2019 general election.

The number two citizen is the running mate of Mr Buhari, a former military ruler, who had sought the position severally and failed until in 2015 when he won the presidential race defeating an incumbent Goodluck Jonathan.

The duo sought re-election and defeated, Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was their major challenger.

Buhari, prior to the 2015 election, paraded himself before the masses as one who is poor and couldn’t afford to purchase the nomination form of his party which stood at N28million at the time, a claim he re-echoed during this year’s campaign despite being the president.

“When I looked at his assets declaration form, I was checking it in 2015, I said to him, “Mr President, I am so much richer than you, it is an embarrassment,” Osinbajo claimed he told the president.

The vice president said the president told him that this was because of the differential of their former occupations.

“He said, I am only a soldier, you are a big lawyer so you should have more money than me,” the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) quoted his principal to have said.

“I can tell you that he is perhaps; even poorer than he was in 2015 when I saw his declaration of assets form,” Osinbajo added.

Although, he is now earning about N21million annually, according to the vice president, Buhari has failed to fulfil his promise of making his assets public when he sought the exalted office in 2015.