on May 28, 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that he was sure corrupt
politicians will come after him when he leaves office in 2023.
The President, therefore, directed the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to keep all files regarding his asset declaration safe for detractors who will want to use it against him.
Buhari stated this yesterday while receiving his assets declaration forms alongside his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Bureau had said Buhari, Osinbajo, governors and other public officers whose tenure ends on May 29 must submit their end-of-tenure asset declaration forms on May 28, 2019.
Chairman of the CCB, Muhammad Isah, who was accompanied by Murtala Kankia, Dr. Emmanuel Attah and other board members, made the presentation at the Villa.
Speaking at the event, Buhari said he was sure a lot of people who have tasted the bitter pill of his anti-corruption war will want to get back at him by 2023 after his second term in office ends.
The President said he was going to quickly fill his form and dispatch it back to CCB.
“I am very pleased that you are here. I assure you I will quickly fill this form and dispatch it back to you so that at the end of 2023, I believe there are a lot of people that will like to get back at me.
“So please, make sure you keep it safely because there are people who believe they shouldn’t be questioned which they are being questioned and some of them are already in trouble. I expect them to fight back and this is one of the instruments. So I hope you will keep it when I finish. Thank you very much indeed,” he added.
The President, who commended the CCB for accepting to serve, said: “I am very pleased, I think I am meeting you for the first time since your appointment. I have never met you before. I thank you for accepting to be in this very important institution and I thank you very much for serving me my forms which I must fill constitutionally before my second term of office.
“I think we cannot overemphasize the importance of your office because Nigerians are notorious for cutting short and not giving account of their public responsibilities and we are trying to impress it on our nation and the world that this administration is based on accountability.
“It is only institutions like yours that will bail us out from the efforts that we have been making to make sure that people in public offices do not abuse that public office and that those who come in and those that are leaving in certain positions make sure that they hold the integrity of the office and of the country generally in high esteem.”
In his remarks, the CCB chairman said: “Mr. President, as part of the constitutional requirements, there is need for every public officer – President, Vice, Minister, members of the National Assembly – to swear in his assets declaration and liabilities in compliance with paragraph 11 sub 1 of the part 1 of fifth schedule to the constitution.
“Mr. President, it is in view of this we found it pertinent to present ourselves and also present forms to Mr. President and the Vice President for end-of-tenure and beginning of new tenure in office. The forms are readily here with us for presentation.”
Those at the brief event included Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN); Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.