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Nigerian president wealth declaration shows 'austere' living, nearly $150,000 in account

  • FILE - In this Friday, May 29, 2015 file photo, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari salutes his supporters during his inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria. An official in Nigeria says the new president's wealth declaration shows that he has been living "an austere and Spartan lifestyle" compared to his predecessors and other senior government officials, with $150,000 in his personal account, contrary to what many might expect of a former head of state of Nigeria and one who has held a number of top government positions, an official said Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, May 29, 2015 file photo, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari salutes his supporters during his inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria. An official in Nigeria says the new president's wealth declaration shows that he has been living "an austere and Spartan lifestyle" compared to his predecessors and other senior government officials, with $150,000 in his personal account, contrary to what many might expect of a former head of state of Nigeria and one who has held a number of top government positions, an official said Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, soldiers accused of refusing to fight in the country's northeastern Islamic uprising appear before a court martial in Abuja, Nigeria. More than 3,000 soldiers who were dismissed from the Nigerian army for alleged indiscipline in the ongoing war with Boko Haram Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country have been reinstated, an army spokesman said Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, soldiers accused of refusing to fight in the country's northeastern Islamic uprising appear before a court martial in Abuja, Nigeria. More than 3,000 soldiers who were dismissed from the Nigerian army for alleged indiscipline in the ongoing war with Boko Haram Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country have been reinstated, an army spokesman said Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga, File)  (The Associated Press)

An official in Nigeria says the new president's wealth declaration shows that he has been living "an austere and Spartan lifestyle" compared to his predecessors and other senior government officials, with $150,000 in his personal account.

Garba Sehu, a senior special assistant in charge of media and publicity for the president, said in a statement that documents submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau show President Muhammadu Buhari's lifestyle is contrary to what one would expect of a top official.

Sehu says the documents submitted to the bureau are still being vetted but will soon be made public. Buhari has vowed to stamp out corruption which is endemic in Africa's biggest economy.