Saturday, September 5, 2015

Declare your asset before you contest, ANEEJ says


ANEEJ statement on Buhari’s asset declaration

Abuja, Nigeria, 5th September, 2015…The Africa Network for Environment & Economic Justice, ANEEJ,  is delighted to note that in conformity with the tradition of presenting an administrative scorecard of achievements within 100 days, President Muhammadu Buhari together with his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo have publicly declared their assets and liabilities to the Nigerian nation. Till date, no one Nigerian president, vice president or military president has made a pre and post administration asset declaration, a position strangely at variance with practices with modern democracies.

It is against this backdrop that we commend this gesture and recommend to every Nigerian public official – governors, deputy governors, local government chairmen and civil servants – who collect large amounts of monies on behalf of Nigerians to follow suit and declare their assets as well.  

ANEEJ believes that asset declaration is a precondition for justice and is sine qua non in the fight against corruption in a Nigeria where public office is often seen as a short-cut to the accumulation and acquisition of stupendous wealth.

‘We call for an amendment of the laws which seemingly support public officials from making a public declaration of their assets and liabilities on the very first day that they would resume office. Let the constitution make asset declaration mandatory and a precondition for public office’, Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku, ANEEJ communications manager has said. 

‘We are pleased as well that our Facebook Campaign which began on the month of July 2015 and tagged, ‘Mr. Buhari/Osinbajo declare what you have publicly’ Have had the desired effect. The campaign started as an ANEEJ initiative to bring Nigerian leaders to account to the people who elected them. It was a campaign for transparency and good governance for Nigeria. It produced a series of discussions online and in the mainstream media’, Mr. Etemiku said.

ABOUT ANEEJ: To contribute to the emergence of a just and equitable African society through socio-economic and environmental rights protection, institutional strengthening and people’s empowerment.
For more information please contact:
Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku
Communications Manager
Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ
39 Oyaide Street,
Off Benoni, GRA,
Benin City,
+2348156171133, +2348187674339
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