The presidency has denied that President Muhammadu Buhari promised during the election campaign before the April general elections earlier this year to declare his assets if he became president.
In an interview with the public affairs analyst, Kayode Ogundamisi, Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adeshina, said it was Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress, that made the pledge.
According to thescoopng.com, Buhari stated clearly during one of his campaigns: “I believe if Nigeria does not kill corruption; corruption will kill Nigeria. I pledge to publicly declare my assets and liabilities and encourage my political appointees to also publicly declare their assets and liabilities.”
“You need to get his words right, go and check all that the president said during the campaign, in no place would you see it attributed to him as a person.”
“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.”
“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,” Adeshina said.
Last week, Kabir Akingbolu, a lawyer and human rights activist, sued Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over their failure to publicly declare their assets, contrary to their pledge made during the election campaign.