Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari had promised to declare his assets alongside his Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo but shortly after the polls and swearing-in, the President has refused to do so publicly, being the first promise he has failed to keep.
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Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, says the president never promised to make his assets public.
Adesina said the issue of assets publishing cannot be credited to Buhari but the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said Buhari has declared his assets in compliance with the law and may decide to make them public when verification is concluded by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
He was speaking in an interview with Kayode Ogundamisi, a social commentator.
“But then there is a document by his party, the All Progressives Congress, saying he would declare publicly, so we need to set that right, it’s a declaration by his party.
“Now what does the law require? The law requires public officers to declare their assets; he has done that. But his party has a document that says he would do it publicly.
“There is a procedure for that, and the procedure is that you first declare, code of conduct (bureau) would verify and after that, if you want to make it public, the onus lies on you to say release. The procedure has to be followed.”
The presidential spokesman went on to say the decision to release or not release the asset for public consumption would be taken by the president when verification is done.
“He has declared, and it is deposited with the code of conduct bureau and they need to verify. Let’s come to that time when code of conduct would say we have completed verification.”
When contacted, Adesina said he had nothing to add to what he said in the interview.
“You already heard what I said, I have nothing to add,” he told TheCable. Nigerians have been mounting pressure on the president to publish the details of his assets.