WHY AM VERY RICH - Bukola Saraki

In a boastful manner Dr. Bukola Saraki, Nigeria's President of the Senate has attributed his stupendous wealth to hard work and blessed family

Saraki in an interview with BBC Hausa service said he acquired 95% of his wealth before he entered politics.

Mr Saraki acknowledged that there was corruption in the country, but said his wealth was a result of coming from a blessed family and hard work.

He said he was confident that he would be cleared of the charges against him and he would continue to serve in public office.

The senator also said he had not evaded tax - an accusation highlighted in the Panama Papers.

His wife also appeared in those documents accused of registering a company offshore to buy a London property.

Saraki was quoted as saying;
"Based on legal advice the company was set up because they were acquiring an asset and it was advised at that time and that’s how it was set up to the best of our knowledge. It was not a company that was set up by ourselves; it was set up by a legal firm and under a legal firm as far as to the best of our knowledge no law was being broken."
Saraki, who is standing trial of alleged corruption and false declaration of assets, expressed confidence that he would be cleared of the charges against him.

He also denied the tax evasion accusation highlighted in the Panama Papers, some documents which revealed the secretive offshore companies that influential personalities used to hide their wealth

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