General Muhammadu Buhari says political appointees will declare their assets on resumption and termination of their appointment

April 13, 2015 8:49 am
President elect, ,  says all political office
holders, governors, ministers, permanent secretaries, head of foreign
staff and others, will be declaring their assets before a law court on
assumption of their appointment and at the end of their appointment.
According to him, this would ensure accountability amongst public
servants. He said this in an interview with Sahara TV yesterday April
12th

“All those that were governors, ministers, permanent secretaries, head of
foreign staff and all those with political appointments will have to
declare their assets on the assumption of their appointment and
definitely with the courts. And once they leave they have to re-declare
their assets.” he said

He said that his administration
will not interfere in the judicial process that will be used to pursue
corrupt officials. According to him, if his administration “become
embroiled in investigation of every ministry, then the government will
not have time to move forward.”

Reacting to the recent remarks by the Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on the fiscal
conditions and government spending in , Gen Buhari said “I’m afraid the Finance Minister has no cause to
complain because the governors cannot force the central government to
act outside the Constitution.”

Regarding the controversies
surrounding oil block ownership in Nigeria, Gen Buhari said partisan
politics has been responsible for award oil wells to people who do not
have any business with it in the first place

“Proliferation of oil fields to people who don’t even know what it is, is
one of the messes partisan politics has brought.” he said

Reacting
to insinuation in some quarters that former President Olusegun Obasanjo
was indirectly having influence in his incoming government, Gen Buhari
said “I think that people have to accept the realities of Nigeria’s
political
development. General Olusegun Obasanjo is the only living Nigerian that
led Nigeria for more than 11 years, so for anybody to think that
General Obasanjo is irrelevant or he was trying to push his influence
over issues, I think is being uncharitable and not being fair to
Nigeria’s political development.”

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