anti-corruption and human rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has replied a Presidential Aide, Femi Adesina who said President Muhammadu Buhari is not compelled by any law to make public his assets for the second time.
Adesina stated this while featuring on Channels TV’s Politics Today.
SERAP had on Sunday in a statement given President Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, and the 36 state governors seven days to make their assets public.
The organization said non-public disclosure by public officials of their summary of assets seriously undermines the effectiveness and integrity of the constitutional and statutory obligations to submit asset declarations.
“And I can say for a fact that the President has declared his assets. Declaring that publicly is not in our law but voluntary, therefore he cannot be compelled to do so,” Adesina was quoted saying on the programe.”
The Presidential Aide added that if the FOI Act is invoked, it will be left with the Code of Conduct Bureau to release such information.
“The President has declared and already deposited the documents to them. So, it’s left to them to make such a decision’, he added.
Reacting to the comment of the Presidential Aide, SERAP in a tweet said the matter will be decided in court.
Well, we’ll find this out in court soon.
The people of Nigeria deserve access to the details of these asset declarations. https://t.co/dISXHA2rdd
— SERAP (@SERAPNigeria) January 6, 2020