- Afenifere has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare his assets publicly
- Buhari had on Friday, January 25, suspended Justice Walter Onnoghen as the CJN over failure to declare some of his assets as required by law
- The leader of Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, said that a leader must not set for others standards that are very difficult for him to meet
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to publicly declare his assets.
Vanguard reports that the group in a statement by its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, on Tuesday, January 29, insisted that the president should set an example by declaring his assets, saying “so Nigerians can hold him as a man of his words.”
Legit.ng gathered that he said the president should take a bold step by declaring his assets publicly, following the constitutional crisis created over the illegal suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, over allegations of not fully declaring his assets.
The group said: “Then General Buhari in 2014 in a 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.
“It is now four months to the end of the four-year tenure of president and this pledge has not been fulfilled. Instead of doing what he pledged, presidential aides have been giving all manner of untenable excuses in the last 3 and half years.
“This is a moral burden as it is said that he who comes to equity must come with clean hands and that examples are better than precepts."
According to Afenifere, a leader should not set for others standards that are very difficult for him to meet.
“The jeopardy of President Buhari’s anti-corruption war has really been one set of rules for the goose and another set for the gander," the Yoruba group added.
Afenifere, therefore, asked President Buhari to immediately make his assets declaration form public so Nigerians can hold him as a man of his words.
The group added that such a power of example sets greater tone for good conduct in society than a thousand arbitrariness in the name of fighting corruption, adding that the true meaning of leadership is being able to lead by higher standards.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a faction of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, endorsed Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo for a second term.
The Afenifere's endorsement came at a meeting in Ibadan, Oyo state on Tuesday, January 29. The Yoruba group led by Ayo Fasanmi said it endorsed Buhari because he has done well.
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