Opposition Peoples Democratic Party has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo to lead by example and publicly declare their assets.
In a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, the PDP also urged the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila to make public their assets and proof that they are not corrupt.
Stating that the Code of Conduct Bureau had refused to release details of assets of the President and other top officials without their consent, the PDP urged all high-ranking political office holders to waive the caveat placed on the CCB and make their assets known to Nigerians.
He recalled that if former Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen could be made to face prosecution for not declaring in full his asset, other top government officials should also submit themselves for public scrutiny through a public declaration of what they own as assets.
Odeyemi said, “We are of the opinion that President Mohammadu Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan and Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila should declare openly their assets to allow Nigerians to further see how much wealth they have acquired since joining government.
“We believe laying claim to sainthood is easy as Buhari and others have been doing all along, but Nigerians deserve to see beyond whatever government forces down their throats. By making a public declaration of their assets, Nigerians will be able to see better and judge accordingly.
“By making public their assets, Nigerians will see how many heads of cattle in 2019 had been added to what Buhari had 2015. Blowing hot and cold at the same time is not the hallmark of a leader with clean hands.”
He warned that should Buhari and others fail to publicly declare their assets, further aspersions would be cast on the anti-graft efforts of the present administration.