What Insolence! UK Daily Mail Mock Buhari


A post by the British newspaper, Dailymail Online, on Sunday questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption credentials ahead of his arrival in London for a world anti-corruption summit to be hosted by UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron.

They referred to President Muhammadu Buhari as “self-proclaimed ‘People’s President,” reminiscing  the extravagant lifestyle of his family.

It recalled that one of Buhari’s daughter attends a £26,000-a-year (N7.4million) English school and that in April, the opposition party PDP, discovered a ticket stud showing 16-year-old Hanan had flown first-class from London to Nigeria, despite her  father’s(Buhari) ban on officials using premium travel.

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UK Dailymail Mock Nigeria's President Buhari, What Insolent!
President Buhari at David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit.

The Dailymail staked their claim on a Nigerian newspaper which said that Buhari had spent £150,000(N43 million) on educating his daughter, Zahra at Surrey University

They also questioned Buhari’s failure to give a full account of his worth, and pointed out his partial admission of more than £1 million (N286.7 million) in the bank, five houses and two plots of land.

Mail Online disclosed that, “The presence of Nigeria’s president at David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit this week may surprise many in his nation – which receives vast amounts of UK aid.

The Dailymail online wrote:

“The British Government is giving nearly £250million in the coming year to oil-rich Nigeria. Self-proclaimed ‘People’s President’ Muhammadu Buhari began a war on corruption after taking power last year, but critics allege it is a political witch-hunt.

“Supporters say 49 arrests of members of the previous regime show the anti-corruption war is genuine, but opponents say it is politically driven.

“Nigeria has the highest-paid government officials in the world but is one of the largest beneficiaries of UK foreign aid. The President of its senate, Bukola Saraki, is due to face trial on corruption charges after it emerged he has a £6 million London property in his wife’s name.

“The Nigerian Embassy did not comment.”