Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, said that Muhammadu Buhari had never promised to publicly declare his assets, unlike speculated.
According to The Paradigm, Adesina made a sensational claim in a recent interview with social commentator Kayode Ogundamisi.
He insisted that what Buhari, the All Progressives Congress candidate, did promise was that he would declare his assets in compliance with the law.
“You need to get his words right, go and check all that the president said during the campaign, in no place would you see it attributed to him as a person.
“But then there is a document by his party, the All Progressives Congress, saying he would declare publicly, so we need to set that right, it’s a declaration by his party.
“Now what does the law require? The law requires public officers to declare their assets; he has done that. But his party has a document that says he would do it publicly.
“There is a procedure for that, and the procedure is that you first declare, Code of Conduct (Bureau) would verify and after that, if you want to make it public, the onus lies on you to say release. The procedure has to be followed.”
He therefore urged Nigerians to wait for the verification of the declarations by the Bureau first.
However, Adesina’s claim seems controversial, as the documented speech of Buhari before the presidential election proves that he did say he would made the content of his declaration public. The plea was believed to be made in a document titled “I pledge to Nigeria”.
“I pledge to publicly declare my assets and liabilities, encourage all my appointees to publicity declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment.”
After the inauguration President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo filed the declarations to the Bureau. The body refused to make the content of the documents available to Nigerians saying they were not authorized to do so. This was followed by harsh criticism, which persists till the moment.