Buhari’s House Is Modest, Doesn’t Live In Massive Hilltop Mansions Like Babangida, Obasanjo- Presidential Aide, Femi Adesina
Adesina made the submission in a statement to celebrate Buhari’s birthday titled “BUHARI AT 79: LESSONS WE’VE LEARNT FROM HIM” shared on his Facebook page.
Adesina claimed that the President does not squander money anyhow with public funds and he knows the right time to allow public funds to be used.
Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo, two former Nigerian presidents, were also given subtle shots by Adesina.
While Buhari lives in a humble house in Daura, both Babangida and Obasanjo enjoy enormous hilltop mansions, although Adesina never uttered their names.Nigeria’s former dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, is claimed to have retreated to a 50-bedroom hilltop estate in Minna after leaving power, Obasanjo is claimed to have settled to a 32-bedroom mansion.
Adesina wrote: “Let me tell you a story. Have you been to the Buhari home in Daura? Modest, modest, modest, is what the structure shouts at you, as you approach. The furnishing; modest. The locale itself; modest. The appurtenances; modest,”
“It is said that President Buhari had used a carpet in that house for almost 20 years. He knew every bit of furniture and fittings like the back of his hands. And then, one day, in his first term as President, he visited home, and a new carpet was in place.
“Who changed my carpet? That was the first question he asked, as he stepped into the house? Imagine the President of Africa’s most powerful country, the largest economy on the continent, having time to ask about a carpet that had become old and threadbare? But that is Muhammadu Buhari for you. Simple man, if ever there was one.
“We know of the 50 bedroom hilltop mansion (even if slightly exaggerated) where his former colleagues live. And we know of presidential libraries and other mansions built by somebody else, through what Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, called ‘executive extortionism.’ But not all these trappings for Buhari. Scant regards for material things, what I recall my father describing as ‘shadows of life.’”
“Devout. Faithful and committed to his God. That is Muhammadu Buhari. Some people, who have not attained one-third of the heights he reached, would already have their shoulders permanently up, kicking at God, saying: “Is this not the great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?” (Daniel 4: 29, 30). Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
He added, “You can argue with him. He listens, and is humble enough to change his mind and position. And he would tell you: ‘You are very right,’ adding: ‘My good God!’ And he laughs.
“Stingy but generous. President Buhari is very thrifty. He does not throw money at things, and as his media adviser, I can tell you. He even pokes fun at himself, saying; ‘don’t you know I’m very stingy?’
“True. He doesn’t waste public money. He won’t misappropriate, and neither would he let you, if he knows about it. But when he needs to give, he does. I have personal experiences, which I’ve related before. I won’t repeat them, lest some people ask me to bring part of it, as they’ve done before. Lol.