Buhari, Osinbajo urged to declare assets


President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo have been urged to immediately publish their asset declaration forms.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) made this known in a statement on Sunday by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare.

The organisation asked the President and his deputy to follow the footstep of Yombe Dabai Samaila, deputy governor Kebbi state, following the declaration of his asset, including landed property and cash in banks, valued at N300 million.

The statement read: “We welcome Mr Samaila’s demonstrated commitment to transparency and accountability, especially at a time when many government officials and institutions continue to exhibit blatant disregard for Freedom of Information requests by refusing to even acknowledge several of such requests.

“President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo should show leadership by immediately widely publishing their asset declaration forms, just as Mr Samaila has rightly done. We also call on Mr Abubakar Bagudu, governor Kebbi state and other governors and their deputies to emulate and learn from Mr Samaila’s good example by immediately publishing their assets.

“President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo should stand up for transparency in asset declarations by public officers as a sign of their oft-repeated principled stand on transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s resources. This government’s stated commitment to fight corruption will ring hollow as long as Buhari and Osinbajo continue to ignore repeated requests to publish their asset declaration forms.”

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