Poorest President in Africa 2019

The Poorest President in Africa 2019

This post contains the poorest president in Africa, who might also be the world’s poorest leader and the least corrupt.


In one of our posts, we published a list of 10 African richest presidents and their Net worth. This time, we are writing on the poorest president in Africa. You would be amazed that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been labelled as the poorest leader in sub Saharan Africa and possibly the least corrupt leader in Africa.

The reason is based on his asset declaration prior to his inauguration in May 29 where he had N30 million which is equivalent to $150,000.

In a report by The Washington Post, the declaration showed that the president is not in the league of rich African leaders.

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Although, Nigeria might not be on the list of Richest Countries in Africa, Nigeria tops the list of most corrupt countries in Africa 2018. President Buhari was elected because of his acclaimed record and promise of ending corruption whilst showing a sense of transparency.


Meanwhile, according to current Forbes ranking of wealthiest presidents, Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola is the richest African president with Net Worth of $20 million

Here is an update on the poorest african president this 2019

1. Muhammadu Buhari

has been dubbed the poorest African leader with an estimated net worth of $150,000. Much has been debated about this because its unlikely that he is that poor due to his assets.

A report pegges his worth at N30 million in Naira and he has spent 3 years in power and want to recontest the 2019 presidential election in the country.

The reign of Buhari as president has been characterised with blood shed, increased poverty levels and hike in price of commodities according to Washington Post.

Some of the assets Buhari owns include: five homes and two mud houses in his native home in Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State, Nigeria, an orchard and ranch with 270 head of cattle, 25 sheep, five horses and poultry farms. All these he claims he got with his personal savings.

2. Idriss Deby

Idriss is another poor president in Africa with an estimated net worth of $50 Million. Its funny how such amount can be regarded as one being poor especially for a man who has stayed in power for 27 years and is still counting.

Idriss Deby is the president of Chad in Sub-saharan africa and has been in power since 1990. This african leader has a record of human right abuse especially towards the opposition. No wonder he has remained in power for this long.


It is very hard for you to find an African president or head of state that is poor because once they occupy the highest seat in the land, they use public funds to enrich themselves at the expense of the masses that they govern. For now, these are the two poorest African presidents we could research on this 2018.

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  1. nwa chukwu mere eze

    Sorry for Nigerians, this man no worth to be a president his brain is poor and his not educated.

    1. Gabriel

      U that u claimed to be educated,have u read what u have writen?

      1. Adams Adams

        what are you saying? of course our president is an illiterate man and the poorest as they say

    2. Ebere

      *he’s not

    3. Emmanuel

      You that have brain(s) where were you when our pressident Buhari came out,contested and won. Perhaps you were busy chasing away rodents and birds from his farm at the material time.

    4. Godpower

      thank you

    5. Joseph

      that’s one of the quality of a good leader I like it! he became a president not to get or steal public funds but to work for the development of the country and that’s why the country is developing on a high speed

  2. there is nothing that president buhari can do to change Nigeria, the man is God that can stop corruption [ jer 10:23] make una leave the man alone

    1. UCHA JOEL


  3. there is nothing that president buhari can do to change Nigeria, the man is not God that can stop corruption [ jer 10:23] make una leave the man alone

    1. Dxtraordinaire

      It’s the collective effort of Nigerians to nip every form of corruption in the bud the penalty should be life imprisonment
      We should tell ourselves the truth it’s a learned powerlessness
      The man Buhari may not be currupt but with out fear or favour he is in charge of Nigeria and the buck stops and starts with him – He shouldn’t travel again for medical treatment he should fix the health care and security issue before he lives
      Small deliberate steps would be a plus for nigeira

  4. Soul-e

    This “poorest” president just treated himself in UK with $32m! How much was VP’s gate budgeted this year? how much was his library budget las year? Who are you guys deceiving?

    Poorest president but they all die to be there! How much Prof Osibanjo’s salary a professor? How much is Buhari paying his ministers, including Kachikwu that claimed he was being paid over N100m abroad? All them, the NASS, the president, the VP, the ministersials? are all the same! None has the interest of the nation at heart. May God forgive them!

    1. Shanono

      You said treatment not stealing rite


    The only help that the so called president can help to nigerians is just to prove him self dead and let his Vice and Executives stop all this tricks of a thing.

  6. we are still looking up to him (97)

  7. Am not surprise that he’s the poorest president because from the look of things happening today in Nigeria he’s the poorest president………… God help us

  8. Okpetu

    Poorest president and all the children school overseas in the best schools? The wife donate millions? Na wah!

  9. Donmosco

    No dougth because he have “nothing”….. My only question now is “why is the poorest president the president of the gaint of Africa?? Pls I Need Answer!


    But he is merciless to the poor people considering the current Nigeria condition.

  11. yhung pee

    Buhari no get sense since wen dat man don enter power problem don bokuu wel wel if possible e go shock una say nah buhari day spons all dose boka haram nd herdsmen deir weapons well only Jah will safe us well i dont blame he iz poor with d look of his face no make up artiste can design dat ugly face of hiz????

  12. bashdollar

    young pee or what ever you call yourself, speak with fact and not on assumption. try to beheheheehhave like and educated person please. Buhari is the best president weather you like it or not.

  13. Dr. Young

    What is Buhari’s current net worth? Until that is properly ascertained, we can not see the poorest African President in Mr. Buhari. A man with weak net worth does not necessarily correlates with financial cleanliness; what if he had squandered his loots and made a return to government to “balance his deficit account”? After all, if a child fails a class he may and should necessarily be given a second chance to “repeat class”. Or gbooo?

  14. Julius Caesar

    may God help him

  15. Gbengis Khan

    I keep telling folks, POVERTY IS NOT A VIRTUE!

    1. Thanks for telling them

  16. Vannylove

    GMB the poorest president in Africa I don’t believe it

  17. Debbie

    Na true tin u ppl talk ooo. Buhari poor like mad. And that man no get sense. Jonathan self beta pass him

  18. Emmyb

    Can you see how stupid you are if truely he is dead then how can a dead person clarify that he is dead or will he appear on the tv and say that i mr president is not the one in the villa oh use your brain to think when commenting.

  19. YONK

    the’s a calture in africa once you become a president you must work at your own interest b4 interest of the citizens that is certian just know that buhari can never be poor not in nigeria the giant of africa there is some thing behind it you people are just being decieved watch out .

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