Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that he makes money from real estate and not from Lagos revenue as he is being accused.
Tinubu told the BBC in an interview published on Tuesday that those behind the allegation were only envious of him.
“Hey, excuse me, share, what? Have they proven it? The World Bank, (and) the International Monetary Fund have investigated the records in Lagos State. What’s wrong with them? It’s envy, envy, envy,” he said.
The former Lagos State governor said he got his wealth through investments in real estate which he inherited and turned their values around.
“I inherited great real estates. I turned the values around. I’m not denying my wealth. I’ve not been… I was the most investigated, the most accused governor in opposition up to, you know, for eight years and up to 2007.
“And since I left the office, I’m still there, I’ve not taken any government appointment, no government contract,” he said.
Tinubu further said he would focus on security and economic recovery if elected.
He defended President Muhammadu Buhari on the latter’s decisions on insecurity.
He said, “It’s reduced. I will defend him for that. Then, 17 local governments and about four states where we have flags of foreign jihadists in Nigeria. That is no more. That is long gone.
“To start a chaos is easy. To bring normalcy and redecorate is more difficult.
“Here we are, Buhari has degraded, but not completely eliminated ISWAP. They will talk briefly of lethal weapons, ammunitions and technological equipment that could have helped accelerated the clean up of those.
“The West is yet to feel comfortable enough with a Buhari administration to sell us the arms and technology necessary.”
Asked why Nigerians should vote for him despite how they feel about the Buhari administration, he said, “Because I’m different. I’m 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 was so prudent, from N600 million 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 many people in Lagos. The infrastructural renewal in Lagos is excellent. I have continuity in Lagos.
“Buhari has done his best. I can’t run away from him being my friend, my leader in the party. I will not.”