When the newly sworn in #president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, #Muhammadu Buhari, declared his assets in secret with #the Code of Conduct Bureau last week, he took a lot of tongue lashing from most Nigerians, especially analysts and critics, who questioned the rational behind his actions. Representing a truly converted democrat, #President Buhari has now explained the reasons behind not making his assets declaration public.
The #president explained that only the Code of Conduct Bureau has the right to make public the assets he declared; and as such, all blame should be directed at them.
According to President #Buhari, his declared assets and those of #Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will be released to the public upon the completion of their verification by the bureau, reported The Punch.
Buhari hoped that the verification exercise would be completed before the expiration of the 100-day deadline within which he and Osinbajo said they would do this.
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The President stated that he was under obligation to make his assets declaration public to fulfill one of his campaign promises.
The #Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, #Garba Shehu, who announced this in a statement on behalf of Buhari on Saturday, said, “The duly completed forms by both the President and the Vice-President were submitted to the CCB on March 28th, a clear day ahead of their inauguration.”
Shehu said the statement was warranted by the need to clarify some suggestions that #Buhari and Osinbajo might not, after all, declare their assets publicly.
The statement said, “While such public display of concern is appreciated and valued, it must be said that it is a little precipitate. As required by law, the declaration and submission of documents to the CCB have been made, but there still remains the aspect of verification which the Bureau will have to conduct to authenticate the submissions made to it.
“In the circumstances, it is only after this verification exercise, and not before, that the declaration can be said to have been made and validated; and only after this, will the details be released to the public.”
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