A presidency source has revealed that the new ministers to be inaugurated soon may not be compelled to publicly declare their assets as President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo did.
Bear in mind, on Friday, several Nigerians agreed on the need by President Buhari’s ministers-designate to publicly declare their assets before they take the oath of office.
They asked the ministers-designate to follow Buhari’s example by stating their worth in terms of money and properties, if they really believed in the President’s anti-graft war.
According to them, the declaration of assets by those appointed into public offices by Buhari was a moral necessity that should be encouraged.
Many of the ministers-designate were at the weekend wary of the issue as a number of them were provoked when they were asked on the issue.
President Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo had last August made a public declaration of their assets in line with a now contentious pledge given by one of the support groups of their presidential campaign.
That same support group had in their campaign material also affirmed that Buhari, if elected President, would not just make a public declaration of his assets, but would also require his appointees to do same.
According to a high ranking presidency official, when asked on Sunday if the presidency would require the ministers-designate to make public their declared assets, he said the ministers to-be would not be subjected above constitutional requirements.
He said: “What does the law require? Whatever the law requires is what we expect them to be doing? Does the law require it?”
Reminded that the President went above the law, he said: “Well, that is the President on his own volition.”