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Secret Asset Declaration Not Acceptable, Group Tells Buhari/Osinbajo

Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo

A human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and social Justice (CHRSJ) has said that the Open-Secret Asset declaration made by the President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo were not acceptable to the people of Nigeria, saying that the method of their recent asset declaration was far from the promise they made during their electioneering campaign.

The rights group also urged the President Buhari to set example through the open asset declaration as well as ensure that every appointee in his government declared their asset in such a way that could be verifiable for Nigerians stressing that asset declaration by the President and Vice-President were beyond filing of the forms alone.

In a signed statement by the Executive Chairman of the group, Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman, and made available to The Union in Osogbo yesterday insisted that Buhari and Osinbajo should make the content of their asset declaration known to the public, adding that Nigerians should be carried along in the governance of this country from the beginning to the end.

Sulaiman maintained that making secret about their asset declaration did not augur well for the new administration anti-corruption posture in the country The CHRSJ boss however commended the step taking by the President and his vice as contained in the Chapter V1 section 140 of the 1999 constitution as amended but maintained that their action were short of public declaration of assets and liabilities. Sulaiman then called on the President and the Vice- President to direct the Code of Conduct Bureau to make the contents in the form of assets declaration submitted to the Bureau open without further delaying.

His words:” President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Oshinbajo, should know that non-making of their assets declaration open to the public did not keep faith with their electioneering campaign promises and this will make the people of the land to be suspecting foul plays in their government. It is better for this administration to watch all the promises made during the electioneering campaign and be sure of enormous tasks before the administration. The tasks before the administration are beyond being rhetoric”

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