By Sadiq Umar, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday assured Nigerians of his readiness to make public the content of its asset declaration with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), saying he would release it upon the completion of their verification by CCB.
The Senior Special Assistant, SSA (Media and Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu who announced this in a statement on Saturday said the President and his Vice Prof. Yemi Osinbjo “the duly completed forms by both the President and the Vice President were submitted to the CCB on March 28th, a clear day ahead of their inauguration.
“It is hoped that this process will be completed before the expiry of the 100-day deadline within which they said they would do this.”
According to him, statement became necessary in order to clarify some suggestions that the President and the Vice-President may not, after all, declare their assets publicly.
“While such public display of concern is appreciated and valued, it must be said that it is a little precipitate.
“As required by law, the declaration and submission of documents to the CCB have been made, but there still remains the aspect of verification which the Bureau will have to conduct to authenticate the submissions made to it.
“In the circumstances, it is only after this verification exercise, and not before, that the declaration can be said to have been made and validated; and only after this, will the details be released to the public.
“There is no question at all that the President and the Vice President are committed to public declaration of their assets within the 100 days that they pledged during the presidential campaign.
“The President and the Vice President wish to thank Nigerians for their show of concern, and for the confidence they have shown in their leaders.”