Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has reacted to calls by some sections of the public that President Buhari should declare his assets, he said the President in no occasion promised publicly he will declare his assets.
This was disclosed in a chat with social commentator Femi Ogundamisi, according to Mr. Adesina, the All Progressive Congress (APC) gave the assurance and not President Muhammadu Buhari.
Though he alleged President Buhari had declared his assets in compliance with the law but not publicly and may decide to go public after verification by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
“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 reiterated that the decision to declare assets publicly is solely in the hands of the President when the verification is done.
“He has declared, and it is deposited with the code of conduct bureau and they need to verify. Let’s come to that time when code of conduct would say we have completed verification.”