President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday has promised to announce his assets before the swearing-in Democracy day slated for Wednesday, May 29th 2019.
The President emphasized this when he welcomed officials of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) who presented his assets declaration forms to him and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President, while showing gratitude to them for the long suffering they have endured in their service to the institution where he also assured that he will finish up and give back the form before the inauguration on Wednesday.
“I thank you very much for serving me my forms which I must fill constitutionally before my second term of office. I think we cannot over emphasize the importance of your office because Nigerians are notorious for cutting shortcut in serving and account public responsibilities and we are trying to impress our nation and the world that this administration based on accountability.”
“It is the only institutions like yours that will bail us out from the efforts that we have been making to make sure that people in public office do not abuse that public office and that those who come in and those that are leaving in certain positions make sure that they hold the integrity of the office and of the country generally.
“I am very pleased that you are here, I assure you I will quickly fill this form and dispatched it back to you so that at the end of 2023, I believe there are a lot of people that will like to take it back on me.
Buhari appealed to CCB to keep the “forms safe”, as according to him, “there are people who believed they shouldn’t be questioned when they are being questioned and some of them are already in trouble.
“I expect them to fight back and this is one of the instruments. So, I hope you will keep it when I finished.
Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau Mohammed Isa, while presenting the Assets Declaration Form to Buhari, Osinbajo, said assets declaration was a Constitutional requirement that must be completed at all cost
“Mr President, as part of the constitutional requirements, there is need for every public officer – President, Vice, Minister, members of the National Assembly to swear in his assets declaration and liabilities in compliance with paragraph 11 sub 1 of the part 1 of fifth schedule to the constitution.
“Mr President it is in view of this we found it pertinence to present ourselves and also present to forms to Mr President and the Vice President for end of tenure and beginning of new tenure in office. The forms are readily here with us for presentation.”
The event was witnessed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity.
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