”I Will Declare My Assets Publicly” – Buhari

Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives
Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.),
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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