President Muhammadu Buhari has stated he never promised to make his assets public. Femi Adesina, special adviser to the President on media and publicity, stated this in an interview with Kayode Ogundamisi, a social commentator.
Adesina said the issue of assets publishing cannot be credited to Buhari but the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), says a report published in TheCable.
He said Buhari has declared his assets in compliance with the law and may decide to make them public when verification is concluded by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
Elombah.com recalls that In February this year, while campaigning Buhari had said that he would publicly declare his assets and liabilities, if voted into power.
In His widely publicized “100 Days Covenant with Nigerians” published just before the presidential elections in March this year then presidential candidate, Buhari pledged to “Publicly declare my assets and liabilities.”
Buhari also stated: “I pledge to…Encourage all my appointees to publicly declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment. All political appointees will only earn the salaries and allowances determined by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC).”
But speaking to with Ogundamisi today, Adesins said; “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,” Adesina said. “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.”
Nigerians have been mounting pressure on the president and his vice to publish the details of his assets as promised during the campaign.
But the presidential spokesman said the decision to release or not release the asset for public consumption would be taken by the president when CDC verification is done.
“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.”
When contacted, Adesina said he had nothing to add to what he said in the interview.
“You already heard what I said, I have nothing to add”.
On May 31st the head of Buhari’s media team, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the President and the 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.
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.