There has never been a time when President Muhammadu Buhari pledged to make his assets declaration public, says the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina on Tuesday in Abuja
Adesina, who spoke at a book launch in Abuja on Tuesday, was reacting to the position of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah who, as the guest speaker at the event, had raised the issue while speaking earlier.
Adesina, while reviewing the book, told the gathering that he raised the issue of assets declaration with the president when he resumed office.
“When I resumed work on June 1, 2015, in a private meeting with Mr President, one of the first questions I asked him was ‘this promise about public declaration of asset, when are you redeeming it?’ And then he answered me, ‘can you please show me where that promised was made?’”
Adesina said he searched everywhere and there was nowhere the president ever said he would do a public declaration.
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), had earlier said it will not release the details of President Buhari’s and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s assets, saying there is no guideline from the National Assembly that instructs the CCB to do so.
Recall that late president, Umaru Musa Yar’adua, actually made public the declaration of his assets, even though his government did not clam that anti-corruption crusade formed part of its cardinal focus.