Assets declaration is a MUST for every political office holder in Nigeria. The aim, according to the drafters of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, is to track and prevent Politicians and Civil Servants, from pilfering from the State or National Treasury. One man who has consistently and publicly declared his assets, is President Muhammadu Buhari. However and shockingly, Buhari said in 2003, during his assets declaration, that he had 150 cows, in 2007, 150 cows, in 2011, 150 cows, and also in 2015, the same 150 cows.
In 2019, Buhari in line with the 1999 Constitution, as amended, also declared his assets.
The declaration of assets was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
“The duly completed forms were submitted to the Chairman of the CCB, Prof. Mohammed Isa, on behalf of the President, by Sarki Abba, Senior Special Assistant, Household and Domestic Affairs.
“The forms signed by the President and sworn to before a Judge of Abuja High Court, showed no significant changes in assets, as declared in 2015, by him.
“There are no new houses, no new bank accounts at home and abroad, and there are no new shares acquired.” I want to ask, does it mean that there are no new cows added to the 150 cows? These Buhari’s cows, are they using condoms?
If Buhari’s cows do not multiply, how can Nigeria’s economy grow under him? Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stated this during the commencement of his Presidential Campaign, in Sokoto State, on December 3, 2018.
“I am a Politician, I am a Businessman, I am into many things, I am also a Farmer, and know exactly what the problems of Nigerians are. I am not a failed Farmer, who could only boast of rearing 150 cows year-in, year-out of his livestock business.
“I have more than a thousand cows in my farm, please we should not allow someone whose cows have not grown from 150, to come here and tell us lies and propaganda again.” I rest my case!!!