Assets declaration has been made a political and campaign issue. Especially for a candidate who ran on integrity and transparency Nigerian were in high anticipation on how the then presidential candidate Buhari would declare his assets if eventually elected. Contrary to Buhari’s promise, Nigerian have discovered that Buhari lied to them.
According to report filed by PUNCH on February 20, 2015, the “Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said he would publicly declare his assets and liabilities, if voted into power.
Buhari stated this in a document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday. The document highlights what Buhari will do in his first 100 days if he assumes power on May 29. He said he would encourage political appointees in his administration to also declare their assets publicly.”
Fast forward to May 31, 2015, PUNCH reported that “President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have declared their assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau as required by the Constitution but failed to make the contents public.
The head of Buhari’s media team, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Saturday, said the President and the Vice President submitted their assets declaration forms separately on Thursday.
Shehu added that the CCB, through its Chairman, Sam Saba, on Friday acknowledged the receipt of the forms.
He gave Buhari’s declaration identity number as “President: 000001/2015.” Shehu, however, did not disclose the contents of the assets declaration forms.
This assets declaration in secrecy is in clear violation of Buhari’s promise to make it public. Therefore he lied on that. Nigerians who trusted this man is now deeply disappointed because he has failed on the basic cardinal of transparency and integrity which he campaigned on.