Buhari reneges on assets pledge again, fails to release documents after CCB verification

Buhari in France

President Muhammadu Buhari has yet again reneged on his promise to make specific details of his assets public, failing to release comprehensive particulars of assets he filed to the Code of Conduct Bureau.

The president had said he would make full disclosure after verification of the listed items by the CCB.

A statement by the Code of Conduct Bureau on Wednesday said verification of the president’s assets had “since” been concluded.

On September 3, 2015, in the face of widespread criticisms, the presidency through Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, had released only some details of assets and liabilities filed by President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The statement said Mr. Buhari had N30 million in his bank account before taking office on May 29, while Mr. Osinbajo had N94 million and $900,000.

It listed other assets of the president to include five houses in Kaduna, Daura, Kano and Abuja; two undeveloped plots of land, one in Kano and the other in Port Harcourt.

Mr. Buhari also had farms, an orchard, ranch, livestock including 270 cattle, 25 sheep, five horses, a variety of birds and a number of economic trees, according to the statement. The president had an unstated “number of cars”.

Vice President Osinbajo owned 4-bedroom residence at Victoria Garden City, Lagos and a 3-bedroom flat at 2 Mosley Road, Ikoyi, the statement said.

He also had a 2-bedroom flat at the popular Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and a 2-bedroom mortgaged property in Bedford, England.

Apart from his law firm, known as SimmonsCooper, he had shareholding in Octogenerium Ltd., Windsor Grant Ltd., Tarapolsa, Vistorion Ltd., Aviva Ltd. and MTN Nigeria – all based in Lagos.

The release lacked specific details such as addresses and value of listed houses, and assets of spouses and unmarried children under 18.

The announcement came after repeated refusal by the new government to fulfil its promise of making the president’s assets public within its first 100 days in office.

Initially, the presidency had told Nigerians that Mr. Buhari was awaiting verification of the declared assets by the Code of Conduct Bureau before going public.

A week away from the government’s 100th day in office, amid mounting criticism, the presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress denied Mr. Buhari made any promise within his first 100 days in office. That claim was proven by PREMIUM TIMES to be untrue.

When the presidency finally released some details of the assets, it assured Nigerians that full disclosure contained in the filed documents would be made public immediately after verification by the CCB.

“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 statement by Mr. Shehu had said.

But a statement by the Code of Conduct Bureau on Wednesday shows the president reneged on that promise.

The statement, issued in response to a news report that verification of assets and liabilities declared by Messrs. Buhari, Osinbajo, President of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other top government officials, including Speaker Yakubu Dogara, had not been completed, CCB said it had concluded the process of verifying the declarations of the mentioned officials.

“The bureau wishes to inform the general public that it has since concluded the verification of assets declared by those mentioned in the said publication,” CCB said in a statement by its Head, Press and Protocol, Mohammed Idris.

While the statement did not disclose when the verification was concluded, it said the process was “since concluded”.

Some officials yet to declare assets

The statement also disclosed that there were still some government officials who were yet to comply with the law by declaring their assets and liabilities.

It however said the rate of compliance by public officers had increased since Mr. Buhari assumed office.

The bureau appealed to defaulting public officers to comply with the law by declaring their assets and liabilities to the bureau.

“The bureau will like to use this medium to appeal to those who are yet to declare their assets to visit the Asokoro, Head Office of No 23, Halle Salasi Street Asokoro, Abuja to collect, fill and submit same to the office,” said the statement.

“It could be observed that since the inception of the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari, the rate of compliance by public officials in responding to assets declaration has greatly increased,” said the statement.

Apparently referring to Mr. Saraki who is facing corruption trial at the Code of Conduct, CCB added that, “Therefore, the said publication is another trick to misinform the public so as to undermine the ongoing trials of cases of false declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal”.

The presidency did not respond to requests for comment for this story. Mr. Buhari’s spokespersons, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, did not respond to calls and text messages to their phones.


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  • Pure Reasoning

    Calls and written requests should be put through to the presidency for the president and vice president to make the CCB asset declaration verification public. Pres. Buhari and his vice Osinbajo must show openness and transparency. Irrespective of our individual support, he must lead the way now.

    • musa aliyu

      Wonder what you jobless urchins want.? We shall still send you to sambisa, after dislodging your other contractors.

      • kenn

        He made the promise/pledge willingly. Nobody asked or forced him to. Now is the time to fulfil it. It’s called integrity which he is supposedly known for.

        • Otile

          Leave Imam alone, no one gives what he does not have.

          • kenn

            Lol. No yawa

  • Höly Wähala

    @Premium Times… then, use the Freedom of Information Act to compel the presidency to make the assets declarations public or face court order for their release, why are you telling us your job? Just, Do it!

  • growthengine

    lying president.

  • Rollingdollar

    Hellooo are you there? Yes, you, I have a question: Has President Buhari said one thing( just 1 thing) that has passed the test of integrity since he assumed office? Just name it. Is it assets declaration? Is it security? ( remember how many times boko haram was defeated), Is it justice? (even Dasuki trial has NOT commenced)
    Buhari is a natural born liar and deceiver. If he declares his assets, I donate my little left finger. You guys will wait until thy kingdom come.

    • musa aliyu

      Pdpigs and jonadumb are gone for ever. We who voted him have seen a Messiah in him. You can rake in hell, your final abode


        This is how you address your fellow countrymen for simply trying to hold the government accountable, and make our country better? Really, guy?


    At least Jonathan was honest and blunt, when he refused to make his own public, for those who like to compare.

    Buhari MUST be forced to keep his word this time. ENOUGH!

    • musa aliyu

      If you guys were able to condone your Aneni of a president, why can’t you give kudos to one who has gone to tell you what he owns? Mtchewwwww!!!

  • owhonda

    He will do it. Baba is engrossed with so much for now. Someone should simply draw his attention to the.

  • Es3

    Is there anything that Buhari/APC is yet to renege on??? Cos by my record he/they have reneged on all promises made Nigerians in order to get their votes!!!

    Nigerians were scammed and swooned by his/propaganda….but the sad part is that many are still busy making up excuses for him?!!!

    • musa aliyu

      We were not swooned at all. We’ll vote for Buhari again and again and again, and after his death, which is inevitable, we’ll still vote for his dead body. Go rake in hell


        You are just an attention seeking troll.

      • Es3

        Then, yours certainly one of those hopelessly bad cases around…so far!

  • emmanuel

    The Niger Delta “insurgents” called the ‘Avengers’ have blown up a vital Chevrom pipeline in Warri Delta State as reported by AFP. It claimed responsibility and threatened to continue until their demands are met. This is another boost to the economy.
    I think the Nigerian Army should also plead with these insurgents in the Niger Delta to voluntarily surrender and also promise them the enjoyment of a “good life” if the surrender just as they (the Army) promised the Boko Haram terrorists, oh sorry, I mean Boko Haram insurgents.

  • Martins

    I just don’t expect this President to declare his assets at all. He lacks the required integrity to do it, same applies to his continuous use of 11aircrafts and the heavily padded budget of the state house. This is the same man they said did not own a single house in the FCT during the campaign, yet he now owns plenty. I just believe his supposed integrity is exaggerated.

  • Tina

    When the blind leads the sighted this is what you get. Buhari is academically challenged going by his High School WAEC secondary school results, so no one should expect him to understand the simple implication of reneging on a promise.

    • Otile

      Then live him alone.

  • Onike24

    Let Nigerians learn to elect men and women who are civilized enough to understand the true meaning of integrity.

  • Onike24

    Dear Nigerian Senators,
    We want #DeathSentenceForCorruptPoliticians ……… just like for Kidnappers

    • Otile

      When you impose cruel death penalty how many politicians do you expect to live? It is like carrying out genocide on them.

    • Okafor

      Na him be say we no go get politicians again. All of them are corrupt from the president to ministers to govs to commissioners and to the LG chairmen/women

    • Onike24

      Why don’t you find something better to do with your time? If you want to express your opinion don’t use my moniker! Na wah for Nigerians! I wish no one death!

  • Otile

    You people should leave my Imam alone. The assets are his. Do you want him to perjure himself again?

  • donMe$$i

    I only feel pity for the IDIOTS that were FOOLED by these people!

    Where are the janitors; kay soyemi, TundeMESS aka Tunsj julius truthmeter, Maria, Rommel, guguru, Buhari4ever, etc?? THEY SHOULD COME AND PACK THIS SH*T!


    • Let’s hear from Kay Soyemi and TundeMESS.

    • Prophet

      What exactly are you making noise about? What information were you waiting for that you did not get and how has the omission ruined your life?
      Shouting like this about nothing only proves that you don’t have any tangible thing with which to criticize Buhari.
      He said he was going to release his declaration. He released it and you had nothing to say.

      Months later , PT came out with nonsense about full declaration and you about to commit suicide! Go get a life! Silly thing.

  • The_Flying_Dutchman

    It is so silent you could hear a pin drop. One would think the APC e-flies are in a coma, but na lie. They are hiding in shame and utter darkness! Just mention ‘saraki’ now, and see the flies swarm out of the soakaway!
    I won’t mention their names.

  • Salisu

    Does this show integrity on the part of ‘Mr integrity’ and pastor Osinbajo?

  • We are no longer interested in Buhari’s fraudulent declared assets. What does one expect from a con artist? Buhari scammed the gullible Nigerians.

  • musa aliyu

    Just trying to make a mountain out of a molehill! PT, na wa for you o! We’re not interested in any other thing on this, don’t carry us back

    • Ed

      are you always being st*pid or you are doing all these nonsense just for annoying people in this forum?

  • emmanuel kalu

    The question here is how does a general in the Nigeria army that was head of state for a few years, how does he acquire all this property. secondly, for someone fighting corruption, the president should be at the forefront of making sure all his assets and business associations are disclosed to Nigerian’s. At this point, we don’t really care because we are demanding more for the country. we would like to know his plan for the economy, and not what each minister is spilling out here and there. lay out how you are going to deal with power and fuel. what you are going to do with agriculture, solid mineral, housing and roads. The president should hold a press conference and lay out a clear simple economical plan to move this country forward.

  • power must change hands-

    Me, I am not Surprised by the Satanic acts of Buhari- The man is a hard core crook! We have a Man full of Contradictions on our Hands. Buhari and his VP could have lied their way to the abode of Lucifer if it was possible for them to do so–because they are one and the same with Adolf Hitler in the spiritual realm that they both belong to with boko haram


    Name one Fulan who has ever spoken truth to Nigerians since our falg freedom from Britian in 1960–They are bnorn to lie-It is in their DNA


      Name one Fulani who has ever spoken truth to Nigerians since our flag freedom from Britain in 1960–They are all born to lie-their way to the top—–It is in their DNA……

  • Prophet

    What is wrong with PT? What exactly is your definition of full disclosure?
    You folks should realize that The President , while being the chief representative and highest placed public figure in Nigeria, is also a private citizen.
    He told you the properties he owns, you are asking for address! Do you want to go and visit him or a you looking to rent?
    Next you will be asking how many underwear he has and the size of his wife’s bra!

    Useless people! Why don’t you go and ask Jonathan about his own asset declaration? Awon oniranu!

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Never mind them they love to play to the gallery

      • kenn

        The President is actually the one who was playing to the gallery by making a promise he does not intend to keep.

        • Abdul

          He already kept his promise and that is why PT can list all Buhari’s asset. Read the article again YOU WILL SEE ALL BUHARI’S ASSET IN THE ARTICLE.

          • Daniel

            PT no more a friend? The war within will keep revealing the absurd in a government of ‘change’.

            Incompetence ‘dey smell’

          • kenn

            That’s partial disclosure of unverified assets. He promised to make full disclosure after it’s verified. SP is on trial for false declaration of assets. Have you wondered how that came about?

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        Yar’Adua did tell the public what his net worth was (including the value of his properties). Jonathan did so once (although he was forced to do so). Buhari and Osinbajo on the other hand have only released their bank account information. The asset declaration is not complete from their end.

    • Jj

      The President promised he would let Nigerians have access to what he originally declared after verification. That’s the basis for holding him to account.

      • Prophet

        ….and he has done that! The kind of details PT is asking to see is unreasonable.

    • kenn

      He willingly entered into the pledge to make it public once the verification is done. No body asked or forced him to. So having made that promise albeit impulsively reneging on it does not portray him as a man of his word.

      • Prophet

        Did he not make it public? Premium Times is asking for the addresses of his houses……is that reasonable?
        Why don’t you post your own full name and address here?

        • kenn

          What is reasonable or not is not for me to decide as am not experienced in handling the President. But if I recall correctly President Ya’rdua did make full disclosure including addresses of houses and units of stocks etc. Like I said no asked him to. He pledged to make full disclosure and encourage his ministers to do the same it’s on that basis he is being held accountable.

        • JayGeeX

          He is your employee now, not your god as you seem to think. You pay his wages and therefore he is morally obliged to avail us the information ESPECIALLY since he promised to…

          Kenn is not an elected official, he is still a private citizen and he did not as YOU to post your address, he asked the person that was elected a PUBLIC OFFICIAL to provide his..

          If you keep thinking that way, a slave will be made out of you.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      Yar’Adua told the public what his net worth is (including the value of his properties). Jonathan did so once (although he was forced to do so). Buhari and Osinbajo have only released their bank account information. The asset declaration is not complete from their end.

      • Prophet

        Wow, Nigeria has progressed since electing Buhari! So your bank account statements now carry information about your cows and Houses you own? Fantastic!

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          The houses have a net worth to them. Nobody is talking about his cows or mud houses. He has cars and concrete homes also. Don’t forget about Vice President Osinbajo.

        • Original_Raskal

          mumu! what is the net worth of the house?

  • tunde008

    Let the press do their investigation and release the full asset declaration

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Have you ever wondered why many Igbo’s reason from the rear hole instead of the CPU? It is because of the shape of their head. It is like cube of sugar and so too small to contain their pappy brain.

  • Femo


    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Who are you Mr ?are you just being revived

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Igbo’s are popular with their upside down thinking.very rude

    • kenn

      What has Igbos got to do with this?

      • Daniel

        Even in abject poverty Buharists have refused to see the light.

        You should not reply hypocrites.

        • kenn

          I agree with you.

    • Daniel

      Now, Buhari is president so what next?

      Northerners are the worst hit by Buharinomics and hypocrisy.

      Embrace the truth and change your ways.

  • G.G Okoh

    @abdulmojeednojeemdeen:disqus: President Buhari should change his ways. He is the one who needs change,
    more than his country needs it. His latest public approval rating has fallen badly to 32%. That is a total fail grade.
    He should look himself in the mirror for a change. He is disgracing himself on moral issues on which a honest man
    – even a self-described honest man – should not be found wanting. He says one thing and does something else later.
    He’s fighting corruption but assembles rogues and indicted thieves as his cabinet Ministers. That is not the meaning
    of a man of honesty as far as i am concerned. Buhari is either honest or dishonest. There’s no middle ground in morals.

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  • Abdul

    I really dont understand what this Premium Times newspaper is up to, what do you want the document for when you already listed all Buhari’s asset? what nonsense is this?

    • delta K

      Ole buhari ole thief, wind Don blow buhari Yansh Don open

    • Daniel

      Yes it is not compulsory. But he declared himself to be different from those before him. Not one electoral promise has been kept.

      Jonathan still the devil? What a hypocrisy and shenanigans !

      Meanwhile the economy is on its knees . A bag of rice now 17000 naira.

      Incompetence unlimited!

      • Abdul



        • Daniel

          Which rice have you been eating? Or you want to declare you don’t eat rice?

          Tell me where you buy your rice and how much.

          We cannot grow as a nation when we play politics with everything.

          This is not about winning an argument, but the reality of living in Nigeria.

          Rice is a staple, whether local or foreign. It is becoming a rich man’s food.

          You can find out.

    • Rumournaire

      It is really amazing how PT could be so mean. If there were any details CCB needed, they would have clarified with him. This is all so mean.

    • Darl

      A rational & sincere mind would be asking “why a promise is not ” and not “what you want the document for, ” If there were no need for futher publication of these assets, then why did the Presidency make such promise? A promise is a promise, its better not to make a promise that will be denied tomorrow or rather can’t be fulfilled.
      A good leader makes his promise his bond and lives by example
      A good leader can by no means be faulted nor found wanting by detractors.

      You then dont question or blame ? detractors for faulting you when you give them means toor avenue to do so.

      I think so many promises has been denied by this administrationask which they were laterlater proven wrong but my question is; Is it that they dont know when they make these promises or that they tell Nigerians what Nigerians want to hear only to deny them later? Its quite unfortunate that a government can be making denials in denials at this computer age when there are lots of gadgets that can provide evidences of any information as desired any time. Really unfortunate!

  • gabriel olasebikan

    Buhari said the 2011 campaign was significant for him because it is an
    election in which more unambigously than the previous two, “2003 and
    2007, our victory is assured as evidenced by the unprecedented turnout
    by people and spontaneous popular acclaim all over the country.”

    campaign is the third and last one for me since after it I will not
    present myself again for election into the office of the president,”
    Buhari said.

    If he reneged to this promise,what should we expect from the 73 year old?

  • North/West Allies

    That is how corruption start, when a leader refused to do necessary things

  • favourtalk

    He has fulfilled his promised and said all he could openly, no more secret with the president. He is the best we could have

  • DanIya Garba

    With the FOI I believe any body interested on such informations can go to CCB and find out for himself.If you have no news to publish please don’t cause confusion here and there.

    • share Idea

      Hope the president was not aware of the FOI when he made the promise or are just defending the idefensible

  • Etomi

    Buhari epitomizes HYPOCRISY!!!!

    I can imagine how much Jesus Christ abjures Buhari, because Christ had no issues with sinners but with HYPOCRITES!!!!!

    Soon the wicked, vicious, vindictive and Pharisaic perjured hag would be exposed for all the ill he represents!!!!

  • Prophet

    Folks forget the reason asset declarations are made otherwise they would know that what Buhari released is sufficient to meet that requirement.
    What need do you have for Buhari’s property locations?

    He has declared his assets. If at the end of his term, you find that he now owns 50 million cows, he must then show us the Gigolo Bull responsible for such amazing proliferation.

    Quit bringing up nonsense and criticizing Buhari for the sake of criticizing Buhari.