‘Recommit transparency, declare your assets’, SERAP tells Buhari

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to recommit to transparency and demonstrate leadership by publicly committing to publish his asset declaration at the end of his tenure of office in 2023.

The call is contained in an issued press statement, signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, yesterday.

The organisation also urged the President to “direct the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to take immediate steps to expeditiously, diligently, effectively and fairly prosecute all outstanding high-profile corruption cases currently being handled by his office”.

Recall that President Buhari had stated in his 62nd Independence Day address that “I have promised to bequeath a country where all citizens have equal opportunities to achieve their lives. We have made significant progress in the eradication of deeply entrenched corruption that permeates all facets of our national development”.

The organisation said: “Contrary to your Independence Day address, grand corruption has continued to deny millions of Nigerians equal opportunities. Promoting transparency and combating corruption and ensuring full and effective respect for the rule of law would send a strong signal of your commitment to leave behind a legacy of transparency and accountability”.

It said Buhari should “recommit to transparency, and demonstrate leadership by publicly committing to publish your asset declaration at the end of your tenure of office, and encouraging other members of your administration to do the same”.

According to SERAP, “millions of people are falling into preventable poverty and live in a continuing state of anxiety and insecurity”.

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