”I Will Declare My Assets Publicly” – Buhari

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 PUNCH 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.
If the APC candidate keeps to his promise, he will be the
second Nigeria’s President to publicly
declare his assets.

The late President, Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua, also from
Katsina State as Buhari, was the first and the only Nigeria’s
President to have publicly declared his assets when he
assumed office.
This action forced his then deputy, who is now the President
Goodluck Jonathan, to also make his assets declaration
forms available to the public.
However, since he assumed office as the substantive
President, Jonathan has refused to make the forms
available to the public, saying that he did that when he was
serving as deputy to Yar’Adua.
Asked during a media chat whether he would consider
declaring his assets publicity, the President refused, saying
he did not give a damn.
But Buhari, in the document titled, “I pledge to Nigeria” also
said that all his political appointees would only earn
salaries and allowances as prescribed by the Revenue and
Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission. He said:
“I pledge to publicly declare my assets and liabilities,
encourage all my appointees to publicity declare their
assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for
appointment. All political appointees will only earn the
salaries and allowances determined by the RMFAC.”
While pledging to personally lead the war against
corruption in the country, Buhari also said that he would
inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as
stipulated in the Procurement Act.
He added that the Federal Executive Council, which he said
had been turned to a weekly session of contract bazaar,
would be made to concentrate on its principal function of
policy making.
He said that he would also work with the National Assembly
towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act.
On the other ways to strengthen the anti-graft war, he said:
“We will work with the National Assembly to strengthen
the Independent Corruption Practices and other related
Offences Commission and the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission by guaranteeing institutional
autonomy, including financial and prosecutorial
independence and security of tenure of officials.
We will also make the Financial Intelligence Unit of the
EFCC autonomous and operational; encourage proactive
disclosure of information by government institutions in
the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.”
He also promised that his government would work with the
leadership of the National Assembly and the judiciary to cut
down the cost of governance.
On insurgency and insecurity in the country, the former
head of state said that he had had the rare privilege of
serving the country in the military in various capacities and
rose to the rank of a major general and Commander -in –
Chief of the Armed Forces, he would defend the integrity of
the nation.
“I pledge, as Commander-in-Chief, to lead from the front
and not behind in the comfort and security of Aso Rock,
to boost the morale of fighting forces and the generality
of all Nigerians,” he said.
On the fate of the kidnapped Chibok girls, Buhari said that
as a father, he had been feeling the pain of the victims of
insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether “they are
widows and orphans of the military, paramilitary, civilians
and parents or the Chibok girls.
“My government shall act decisively on any actionable
intelligence to #BringBack Our Girls.”

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