SERAP To Buhari: Emulate Kebbi Deputy Governor’s Steps And Publish Your Assets
Written by MaryGift Sunday on October 5, 2020
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo to “follow a good example of Mr Yombe Dabai Samaila, deputy governor Kebbi state, by immediately publishing their asset declaration forms.”
The call was made on Sunday via a statement issued by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
According to the group, Mr Samaila forwarded his asset declaration form to the organisation last week in response to SERAP’s suit.
While making reference to the form dated May 28, 2019, and sworn to before the High Court of Justice, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, the organisation claimed that Mr Samaila declared assets, including landed property and cash in banks, valued at N353,136,378.56.
In a suit with number FHC/ABJ/CS/65/2020 filed in January 2020, SERAP asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to order President Buhari, Vice-President Osinbajo, 36 state governors and their deputies to “make public details of their assets, specifically property and income, contained in their asset declaration forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) since assuming office.”
“We welcome Mr Samaila’s demonstrated commitment to transparency and accountability, especially at a time when many government officials and institutions continue to exhibit a blatant disregard for Freedom of Information requests by refusing to even acknowledge several of such requests.
“President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo should show leadership by immediately widely publishing their asset declaration forms, just as Mr Samaila has rightly done.
“We also call on Mr Abubakar Bagudu, governor Kebbi state and other governors and their deputies to emulate and learn from Mr Samaila’s good example by immediately publishing their assets,” the statement partly read.