- Senate President Bukola Saraki says he was wealthy before he joined politics
- Saraki says his wealth is due to hard work and a blessed family
- Saraki is currently facing charges of corruption
Nigeria's Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki says he acquired 95 per cent of his wealth before he joined the country's political terrain.
Saraki, 53, told the BBC Hausa service in an interview that his wealth is due to hard work and a blessed family.
“I come from a blessed family. I come from a family where my parents were opportuned and after that I worked hard in the private sector and I think I have worked hard for everything that I have. I made 95% of my asset before I joined government,” Saraki said.
A medical doctor turned politician, Saraki is the first son of one of Nigeria's foremost first republic politician and former Senate leader, Dr Olusola Saraki.
The Senate president is currently under investigation by the federal authorities over allegations of falsely declaring assets when he was governor of Kwara state between 2007 to 2015.
Saraki however expressed confidence that he would be cleared of the charges against him, adding that he would continue to serve in public office.
Nigeria's number three man also denied allegations of tax evasion against him which was contained in the widely reported leaked Panama Papers.
“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 said.
Saraki had visited the president twice in the space of three days, prompting several rumours on the purpose of the visits.