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Group Wants Buhari To Publicly Declare Assets

The Civil Society Network against Corruption has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to publicly declare his assets which he promised during his electioneering campaign before marking his one hundred days in office adding that the fight against corruption cannot be successful if the President and his team are not leading by example.

The group said this during its strategic meeting on Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability, the NGOs Coalitions, Networks and Individuals charged the administration to beam their anti-corruption search light across board and spare no individual.

Chairman of the networks, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju said that President Buhari owes Nigerians a duty to declare his assets public and that for the war against corruption to make significant impact in the country, it must begin with probing the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

According to him, the fight must begin with a number of cases in accordance with the strength of the anti-corruption agencies. “If the President will start the fight with past administration, it is a welcomed development and it will possibly lead to 1999. The anti-corruption process that just started is not only going to be sustained, but must be holistic, he said.

They also urge the media to own the anti-corruption campaign by changing the narrative that the fight is a witch-hunt targeting a certain class of people. “The current move must be sustained, you can’t tell the present administration where to begin the fight, you had the opportunity but you did not utilize it.

“If President Buhari is probing the immediate past administration, then he is setting a legal basis for his successor to probe him, there is no better time to probe than now. Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, convener, Say No to Corruption Campaign, noted that for one to fight corruption he must be prepared because the corruption would certainly fight back calling on those who described the present administration’s war against corruption as a witch-hunting to stop the foul cry. Nwagwu disclosed that the current probe into the oil sector was started by the Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

   -Paschal Emeka, Abuja

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