The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has revealed his source of wealth, saying he inherited large numbers of real estate in Lagos.
Tinubu spoke during an interview with BBC Africa, monitored by our correspondent on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.
The former Lagos state governor who described himself as the only qualified candidate for the country’s top seat in 2023, also said none of the top contenders has the track record to compete with him in the forthcoming polls.
He said: “Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar are not competent. They are not as competent as any other person out there. They’ve no track record; none of them are qualified except me.”
He expressed optimism that next year’s polls will be free and fair.
“Things are going very well. I’m very, very confident that this election will be free and fair. I’m the frontrunner and that’s why I’m getting many arrows.
“My top priorities are security, and economic recovery to get accelerated development to get Nigerians employed and get inflation down. You know, monetary policy needs to be changed. Subsidy needs to be decided upon and then removed.
“Insecurity in Nigeria is actually reduced and I will defend him (Buhari) for that. Then, 17 local and about 4 states where we had flags of foreign jihadists in Nigeria. That’s no more, that’s long gone.
“To start chaos is easy, to bring normalcy and redecorate is more difficult. Here we are, Buhari has degraded but not completely eliminated ISWAP. We need mass recruitment of individuals in a volunteer army to really clean up.
“I’m different. I am Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I have governed Lagos. I built a modern state that could be a country on its own. I’ve led an administration that’s so prudent from N600million internally generated revenue to N5 billion a month.
“That’s a record, nobody else can brag about that. I’ve treated and tamed the Atlantic Ocean surge in Nigeria that would have perished so many people in Lagos. The infrastructural renewal of Lagos is excellent. I have continuity in Lagos. Buhari has done his best, he’s my leader in the party.’’
Speaking on his source of wealth, he said: “I have an example of Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, he started from stock buying and brokerages. I inherited great real estate. I turned the values around. I’m not denying my wealth.
“I was the most investigated, the most accused Governor in opposition up to, you know, for eight years, and up till 2007, and since I’ve left the office. I’m still there, I’ve not taken any government appointments. No government contracts.
“I’m not getting any share of revenue from Lagos. The World Bank, IMF have investigated the record in Lagos.”