By Seyi Lawal
Former Head of State and one time minister of oil resources, General Muhammadu Buhari, (rtd) has been ejected from his Abuja residence following his inability to pay the N20 million rent demanded by his landlord, Newsdiary Online, a news portal has disclosed.
According to reports monitored by our reporter in Abuja, the retired general who is also the presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC in the April 2011 general elections, was expected to renew his rent which was due after the initial payment.
Consequently, he decided to move his property to Kaduna when he could not raise the amount demanded by the landlord.
It was gathered that owing to inability of Buhari to raise the N20 million earlier requested as rent for the building at Number 11 Queen Elizabeth Street, Asokoro District, Abuja, the landlord reportedly reduced the rent to N15 million but Buhari could still not raise the funds.
Reports say the original rent was paid on his behalf by a former minister of defence, General Theophilus Danjuma, (rtd) which enabled Buhari to move into the house which provides shelter to him any time he is in the Federal Capital Territory.
Buhari was said to rebuff suggestions by his friends to approach Nasarawa State governor, Alhaji Umaru Almakura who won the governorship seat on the platform of his party, CPC, for financial assistance insisting that he would rather maintain his integrity than ask the governor for money.
It was also gathered that Buhari also resisted a similar pressure to approach President Goodluck Jonathan for assistance to enable him keep the apartment.
“Some of Buhari’s associates who wanted to avoid his ejection actually reached out to the owner of the property, and the landlord even agreed to slash the rent to N15 million for the sake of the General. Sadly, he could not pay and he accepted the option of moving his property to Kaduna. Buhari is believed to have made up his mind to put up somewhere he can afford whenever he has something to do in Abuja henceforth”, the News portal stated.
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