The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has advised incoming Nigerian governors to emulate President Muhammadu Buhari’s unselfishness, Concise News reports.
“You are lucky you have someone to learn from. Please, emulate President Muhammadu Buhari. He has no business partners, nobody sits with him to make deals,” Ribadu tells the newly elected governors on Tuesday.
Ribadu was speaking as a guest of honour at the induction ceremony organised by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) in Abuja for the incoming governors.
The former Police officer says Buhari does not have any new properties since his return to office.
“We don’t have overnight billionaires again. He (Buhari) is a good leader to emulate.”
Tagged “Mr Integrity”, Buhari was presented, in the wake of the 2015 elections, as a no-nonsense anti-corruption fighter. He cut the picture of a stern leader who had no lush homes in Nigeria and abroad.
He eventually won that year’s general election over incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, on this ground and on his pledge to stamp out corruption.
Over the last four years, the president ruled the country with a painted image of a leader who detests the acquisition of wealth through illicit public funds.
But many Nigerians have become weary of this posture because there have been reports of pervasive corruption, especially among some of his appointees.
In 2015, Buhari who had promised to declare his assets immediately after taking office failed to do so after more than three months in power.
Buhari later provided information on his assets in September 2015, bowing to growing public pressure for the then new government to do so within its first 100 days.