Stop rhetorics, end corruption, declare your asset to transform Nigeria, SERAP tells Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

SERAP said President Jonathan’s promise for 2013 is “routine and rhetorical”

A civil society organization has advised President Goodluck Jonathan that fighting corruption head-on and ending the culture of impunity are key to transforming the country instead of reeling out empty promises.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, said in a statement on Sunday that President Jonathan’s promise to work faster this year to meet the needs of the people is “routine and rhetorical.”

“The President must show strong leadership and lead by example if he is to earn the trust of Nigerians and convince them that he is truly committed to the fight against corruption,” said SERAP Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni.

“Ultimately, the responsibility for sorting out Nigeria rests with President Jonathan. The buck stops with him. Nigerians will judge him not by the number of promises he has made but by the number of roads repaired, decent hospitals established, and how much difference he is able to make to ensure the enjoyment of other basic necessities of life for millions of impoverished Nigerians.”

The statement called on the president to lead by example by declaring his own asset as required by the constitution and to prosecute his cohorts accused of corruption.

“Half measures which avoid public scrutiny of the President’s own asset declaration, and effective prosecution of corruption cases when they involve those connected with this government are utterly inadequate and tend to throw the government into disrepute.”

“Genuine fight against corruption can’t happen unless President Jonathan wants it, and leads by example,” the statement added.

The statement said that the woeful positions the country occupies in the 2012 Failed States Index published by the United States based Foreign Policy Journal and the 2012 United Nations’ Human Development Index should give the president serious concern.

Nigeria was ranked 144 out of 177 countries in the Failed State index and 159 out of 172 countries in the Human Development Index.

SERAP therefore said in other to do better this year President Jonathan should “prioritise and demonstrate his expressed commitment to fight corruption by urgently ensuring the effective prosecution of those suspected of massive corruption in the fuel subsidy system and fully recover stolen public wealth and resources.”


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  • Lekan

    Hope he will listen to this wise counsel

  • Osai

    which law in Nigeria states that the president should declare his asset in public? Is Falana who happens to be a lawyer not aware there is no law to compel Jonah to do such? Why don’t we account for all the monies taken away from the SS since crude oil was discovered in the SS in 1958

    • Dan maikoko

      Hi, Osai. One of the most important things we want the son of the ss to do as president is bring before the law IBB, ABACHA, BUHARI, OBJ and all those who stole from the national coffers, extract the resources stolen and share it fairly by allocating half of what was stolen to the Niger Delta for emergency development.

      What do we have now. Well three years into the Jonathan presidency the right hand man of the president and a man said to receive more money for the development of the ND than some states of the nation had to resort to the use of military helicopters to tranport quests to his fathers funeral. There is no road in or out of his village!

      As you might have known one of the people killed when one of the helicopters crashed was AZAZI, another son of the ND who had to be buried in Yenegoa instead of his ancestral village because there is also no road to his village.

      What do they use the money ment for the ND? Well, one the sons of the ND and a former Bayelsa governor had 48(!!!) of his choice properties in Abuja (not yenagoa!) confiscated by the EFCC! The late Azazi himself did not deny a newspaper expose that claimed he had property in the same abuja worth N6 billion!

      I am really sorry for the ordinary people of the niger delta because they suffer the worst consequencies of oil exploration and at the end of the day money ment for their development is spent in ABUJA!

  • afam_4real23

    Some people just want their own script to be read but refused to know the law itself,last time i checked the law did not say GEJ should declare his assets on the pages of newspapers but according to code of conduct stated ..CODE OF CONDUCT BUREAU AND TRIBUNAL ACT

    An act to provide for the establishment of the Code of Conduct Bureau and

    Tribunal to deal with complaints of corruption by public servants for the

    breaches of its provisions.



    Whereas by section 20 of the code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, the

    Code of Conduct Tribunal is established for the trial of public officers guilty

    of contravening the provisions of the Act;

    And Whereas by section 20(2) of the Act it is proved that the Tribunal shall

    consist of a chairman and four other members and that the Chairman shall

    be a person who has held or is qualified to hold office as a judge of a

    superior court in Nigeria and shall receive such remuneration provided by


    PART 1

    (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of part 1 of the fifth schedule to the

    constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, there is

    thereby established a bureau to be known as the Code of Conduct

    Bureau(hereafter in this Act referred to as “Bureau”)

    (2)The Bureau shall consist of a chairman and ten other members who

    shall be men of unimpeachable integrity in the Nigerian society.

    (3)The chairman and the other members shall be appointed by the

    President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

    2. The aims and objectives of the Bureau shall be to establish and

    maintain a high

    Standard of morality in the conduct of Government business and to

    ensure that the actions and behavior of public officers conform to

    the highest standards of public morality and accountability.

    3. The functions of the Bureau shall be to-

    (a) receive assets of declarations by Public officers in accordance

    with the provisions of this Act;

    (b) examine the assets declarations and ensure that they comply with

    the requirements of this Act and of any law for the time being in


    (c) take and retain custody of such assets declarations; and

    (d) receive complaints about non-compliance with or breach of this

    Act and where the Bureau considers it necessary to do so, refer such

    complaints to the Code of Conduct Tribunal in accordance with the provisions of sections 20 to 25 of this Act established by section 20

    • Dan maikoko

      Neither did the law prohibit the president from declaring his assets publically. Thank you very much afam_4real23, this part of the law you qouted fully shows that the president can declare his assets publically without breaching the law! Yaraduwa did the same and one of the most devastating moments for those who mean well for Nigeria was when Jonathan said that he was forced by Yaraduwa to declare his assets.
      Those with abit of common sense know that if we go by GEJ’s assets before he became deputy governor and his assets when yaraduwa forced him to declare as VP, there is no hope that Jonathan can declare his assets or that such declaration will make any difference or mean anything.
      2015 will show clearly if Nigerians are indeed fools!

      • afam_4real23


    • NAGODI_1

      “(d) receive complaints about non-compliance with or breach of this

      Act and where the Bureau considers it necessary to do so, refer such

      complaints to the Code of Conduct Tribunal in accordance with the provisions of sections 20 to 25 of this Act established by section 20” Receive complaints from who? Any Nigerian citizen that has observed “non-compliance” by a public official! How can a citizen observe non compliance? By seing the asset declaration of the president and other public officials of interest. This part of the law makes it compulsory for the president and/or the code of conduct bureau to make all asset declarations public. Now if the CCB did not make declarations public it is the duty of the president to command them to do so because they are directly under the presidency. Mr afam_4real23, you have shot yourself on the feet with this declaration!

      • afam_4real23


  • San

    This is ridiculous! Where then is leadership by example if our leaders use the excuse of the law not to do the right thing? Listen, they know we Nigerians are not that smart that is why Jonathan and others can cite the law when it suits them to justify their corruption. We should wake up and smell the coffee!!

  • Ben

    If the president is that serious about ending corruption he should show us afterall the Chair of National Human Rights Commission publicly declared his assets. What is wrong with our president setting an example? Nigerians are not fools and are actually smart, they definitely know that Jonathan is playing game with them. If he is bold enough the president should heed SERAP call and show us that there is nothing wrong with his asset. Our God will judge one day.

  • Sade

    How can our president tells us not to be corrupt while himself and people around him are eating and feeding fat from our commonwealth? Then I will be mumu to listen and not help myself. Charity begins at home. I swear the day Jonathan publishes his assets I will become born again and campaign against wayo in any form

  • Mamman Bako

    You’re speaking to a deaf man and of a deaf man.