President Muhammadu Buhari has asked that all outgoing officials, elected and appointed, beginning with the Vice President, collect the assets disclosure form, fill it out, and return it as he has.
The directive was issued by the President on Friday in Abuja after he received his form from Professor Isah Mohammed, Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
President Buhari stated that no one is exempt from the constitutional obligation to declare one’s assets.
He stated that his strict adherence to the constitutional obligation of declaring assets before and after taking office was intended to strengthen best practises, raise moral standards in public service, aid in the development of honesty, and combat corruption.
“I signed, collected and acknowledged receiving my form. From here, I will ask my bank Manager in Kaduna to show me what has gone in and out of my account.
“Nobody is excluded from declaring their assets. I expected everyone from the Vice President downwards to follow the system,” he said in a statement released by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu.
Professor Mohammed said compliance by the President in the last eight years and the support he had given to the Bureau had enabled it to achieve 99% compliance by elected and appointed officials.
He also acknowledged the support of the President Buhari in the achievement of the digitization of its services and operations thereby helping the organisation to open investigation of cases with greater efficiency.