Buhari poorer now than he was in 2015, claims Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is probably poorer now than he was before he became President of Nigeria in 2015.
The Vice President disclosed this Thursday night when he hosted a dinner in honour of volunteers who canvassed for votes for the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the general election. The dinner held at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to Osinbajo: “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”, to which the President responded: “I am only a soldier, you are a big lawyer so you should have more money than me.”
He continued: “I can tell you that he is perhaps; even poorer now than he was in 2015 when I saw his declaration of assets form.”
Osinbajo urged Nigerians to vote for the APC in the March 23 supplementary elections in the six states the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared elections inconclusive. He said: “We are still not done with the elections.
He urged them to intensify efforts for the 23rd of March supplementary polls in six states.
“And all of the efforts we need to put into those six states, we still need to do. We can’t afford to slack off and say the job is done; we still have some things to do.”
He recalled his experiences during this year’s electioneering during which he said his encounter with Nigerians as he crisscrossed the country campaigning for votes showed that Nigerians are so trusting and supportive of their leaders.
He said, “I think that one of the main characteristics of the Nigerian is how so supportive and trusting many of our people are and they don’t ask us for too much.
“They never really ask for anything that is impossible to do.
“And that’s why, for many of us that went around this country, we realized the tremendous amount of work that there is to do and our capacity to do so much work.
“What our people need, as we discovered, isn’t that much. As a matter of fact, I do not know any nation where the people are so generous no matter how poor they are.”
Vice President Osinbajo said there was need for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to connect more with the people.
“It just struck me that what we really need to do a lot more is to connect with the people. All the people need is opportunity for us to interact with them. We should have a way by which everybody is involved one way or the other. One of the complaints that people made about our government is that we were not communicating enough and that people did not know what had done,” he said.