Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the 36 state governors and their deputies to declare their assets.
SERAP wants the public office holders, to “provide information on the summary of the assets, specifically property and income; contained in your asset declaration forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) since your assumption of office.”
In a statement issued on Sunday, January 5; the body seeks clarification of the asset declarations submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) within 7 days.
The group noted that failure to declare the said assets it “will take all appropriate legal action to compel you to comply with our request.”
SERAP said: “The summary of assets to be disclosed include, where applicable, the following: savings and other liquid assets, all immovable property and shares and actions in any private and public companies; property purchased by way of tender from any public-law entities and information about businesses owned.”
In the Freedom of Information requests dated 3 January 2020 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “The Constitution of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the FoI Act, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; which is part of our laws, read together, impose transparency obligations on all public officials to publicly disclose information; concerning their asset declarations submitted to the CCB; and to clarify any updated review of such assets.”
SERAP also said: “The 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; especially given that declarations are designed to curb grand corruption.
“The non-disclosure of assets also undermines the authority of the CCB; and weakens the public trust in the asset declaration regimes.”
In the specific FoI request to President Buhari, SERAP noted his “public promise to make specific details of your assets public; and urge you to consider this FoI request as a unique opportunity to fulfil the promise made to the Nigerian people.”
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