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Campaign Promise: ‘Buhari, Ministers Must Declare Assets’

Posted: May 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Buhari Global Network (BGN) has called on President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his campaign promise of declaring his assets and encouraging those in his administration to do the same, as soon as he takes office.

The BGN made the call during a press conference in Abuja on Sunday. National Coordinator of the group, Aja N. Aja, said the group and Nigerians in general would keep a close watch on the incoming government.

“We believe that he will do it. There are no two ways about it. He should also insist that whoever he is going to work with must declare his assets.

“Let me also make my own personal view (clear). Although it might be academic all this while, declaration of assets has a very good role. Some people over-declare in anticipation of what they are going to get. It is not just declaring but to make it public.

“Let them make what they declare public and we will now, by the virtue of Freedom of Information Act, go into investigation.

“If you say you had N! million, what is your tax profile like? First of all, have you been paying your taxes or you just made bogus declaration in anticipation of what you are going to make? And if you under-declare, in four years’ time, we will see.

“So, that must be part of this government. They must declare openly. We must know how much you are worth,” he said.

Aja noted that though the BGN campaigned for Buhari during the elections, it would also not hesitate to criticise him if he deviates from his promises.

“Not only the promises but even the virtues that we believe they represent. There are things that they believe: Honesty and sincerity. If they deviate from it, we will call a press conference like this and we will tell the world. That is what we are going to do from now henceforth,” he said.