- SERAP has called on Nigeria's president and vice president to follow the example of Kebbi's deputy governor
- The group urged both men to immediately publish their asset declaration forms just like the deputy governor of Kebbi
- SERAP had asked the court to order President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo to make the details of their assets public
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo have been urged to follow the good example of the deputy governor Kebbi state, Yombe Dabai Samaila by immediately publishing their asset declaration forms.
The call was made on Sunday, October 4, in a series of tweets by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
According to the group, Samaila in response to SERAP's suit forwarded his asset declaration form dated May 28, 2019, last week.
Samaila's form which was sworn before the High Court of Justice, Bikebbi, shows that the deputy governor declared the following assets, landed property and cash in banks, valued at N353,136,378.56, from which he receives N61,500,000.00 as income on a yearly basis.
The organization went on to note the country's number 1 and 2 citizens should stand up for transparency by public officers and show leadership by publishing their assets immediately just as Samaila has done.
SERAP explained that the declaration would serve as a sign of their oft-repeated principled stand on transparency and accountability in the management of Nigeria’s resources.
It wrote on Twitter:
We’ve asked President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo to follow the good example of Mr Yombe Samaila, deputy governor Kebbi state, by immediately publishing their assets. Mr Samaila had last week forwarded his asset declaration form to SERAP, in response to our suit.
President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo should stand up for transparency in asset declarations by public officers as a sign of their oft-repeated principled stand on transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s resources.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the court had been asked to make an order to mandate the president, the vice president, and the governors of the 36 states across the country to publish their assets in the public domain.
The request was made in a suit filed by SERAP at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
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