‘Unlike Jonathan, Buhari will publicly declare his assets’

Osita Okechukwu

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, will publicly declare his assets and liabilities immediately he assumes office, if elected in the March 28 poll.

A member of the party’s presidential campaign council, Osita Okechukwu, who disclosed this during a pro-Buhari road show rally held in Enugu on Tuesday, also said the APC flag bearer will cut down the cost of governance in the country.

The APC supporters marched on major streets of Enugu metropolis chanting pro-Buhari songs.

“General Muhammadu Buhari believes sincerely that no matter how vast our resources, if they are not efficiently utilized, they will only benefit a privileged few, leaving the majority in abject poverty. This he wants to avoid by all lawful means,” Mr. Okechukwu said.

“To achieve this he publicly will declare his assets and liabilities and encourage his political appointees to follow suit immediately he is sworn-in.”

The incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, refused to declare his assets publicly when he assumed office in 2011. His predecessor, Umaru Yar’Adua under whom he served as vice president, made his assets known publicly.

When asked during a media chat in 2012 why he did not do so when he assumed presidential power, Mr. Jonathan said, “I don’t give a damn. That is a matter of principle and I am not going to declare. It is not the president declaring his asset that will end Boko Haram.”

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Sam Saba, later explained that the president declared his assets, though not publicly.

Mr. Okechukwu, who is also the spokesperson of the party in the South East zone, in the address delivered at the rally, said Mr, Buhari feels that the amount expended on running the presidency, the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly could not be “reasonably justified with the poverty on the ground”.

He explained however that the APC Presidency would work with the federal legislature to reduce the cost of governance.

Mr. Okechukwu also said that Mr. Buhari, upon assuming office, will inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act, to act in place of the current “Federal Executive Council which has been turned to weekly session of contract bazaar”.

He said this would allow the FEC to concentrate on its core mandate of policy making.

Stating that Mr. Buhari served Nigeria meritoriously in the military, as a major general and as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Mr. Okechukwu recounted that the APC candidate crushed the Maitatsine insurgents, a violent rabid sect like Boko Haram and also chased away Chadian Army from the nation’s territory.

“He (Buhari) will do so again, if you vote for him as president and Commander in Chief; and not the current president who just woke up from deep slumber after the election was postponed,” he said.

He assured that the APC federal government would revamp the Enugu Coal Industry to utilize the coal to generate electricity and create one million jobs in four years.

“GMB stands by this pledge he made on 10th January, 2015 on the occasion of Enugu State rally of our great party. His word is his bond,” Mr. Okechukwu said.

“GMB is very passionate to create jobs for our youths and strongly feels that the best way to create jobs in this region is to revamp the Enugu Coal which has been abandoned since the civil war.

“His visit to Taichung Coal-Fired-Power-Plant, in Taiwan, the largest in the world motivated his interest to revamp the Enugu Coal.”

While urging the people of the South East to vote for Mr. Buhari, Mr. Okechukwu explained that the APC flag bearer subscribes to the fine tenets of social justice, the rule of law and the welfare of the greatest number of our citizenry.

“This is the celestial bond he has with the Nigerian masses and the middle class,” he stated.


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  • Frank Bassey

    Unlike Jonathan, Buhari refused to tender his WASC certificate.

    • Olu Ade

      You lack a sense of good comparison…that is a dead issue, Nigerians have moved on…

      • Fairgame

        Dead ke? Keep dreaming. You will see how alive it is after he loses the election. Buhari is prisoner in waiting.

        • tundemash

          Why does he have lose election before he’s a prisoner Mr. Dindinrin ?

        • Jika

          Are the courts on vacation until after election?

        • zacchaeus Akinleye

          Are your faculties intact? Buhari is one of Nigeria’s best men in any generation, dude.

    • Spoken word

      You claim buhari does not have a waec certificate but also claim he has F9 in mathematics.which one is correct.clown.

    • Jake

      We are talking about assets dumbo

  • Spoken word

    How can mr I don’t give a damn declare his assets.

  • evi

    Why is he waiting until he wins the election? Since he’s a saint and Jonathan is the devil, let him declare it now.Infact let him tell is how much he had before and after he became governor,head of state, petroleum minister and PTF chairman. Saint buhari,please tell us about your assets so we can know how godly you are, infact if not that you are still alive, God would have sacked Angel Michael and given you his position because of you are too holy

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  • brightdestiny

    What a credible and honest man? Gej you are a vampire on human disguised how I wish dis honorable man Gmb culd win dis upcoming election, I seriously want to cm visit dat corrupt mind fellow in kirikiri to hv d chance of spitting on his useless face Jonathan I hate u 4 all d pains, death, n agony u ved cuzed pple 4 past six wasteful years in office

    • Fairgame

      Buhari that sucks blood of dogs and baboons is the real vampire. Why does Buhari not want to declare it now? Hausa man dey do sense. I dey laugh.

      • Jake

        He said he will declare his assets if elected

    • zeon

      With all the names and wrongs you quoted GEJ did to you, I am surprised that you are not among the dead… ODE!

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    gej to declare? he would rather die than do so. gej is unrepentantly corrupt

  • August January

    Jonathan can never declare his assets, because he has been a corrupt thief since he was governor, and he doesn’t give a damn because he’s aware that some Nigerians who have decided to die as mumu would still be praising him

  • ogidan

    If GEJ declares his asset today, i will vote for him. he dares not. Thief! Barawo! Oyinara! Omo Ole!

    • Jake

      If he declares his asset I’ll mobilise million voters for him

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    In most civilized countries, leaders who have nothing to hide declare their assets.
    Ribadu, a young Turk with a bright future; if only he would exercise patience, has become an ignoble recent convert to PDP’s ignominious role of suppressing the aspirations of the people. Many forgot that it was he who exposed not only GEJ’s but the wife’s corrupt acts.
    Just to be governor, a former Presidential aspirant, a highly regarded corruption warrior, has stooped, through less than “above board” STAGE MANAGED electioneering approach, to become a classic PDP ‘sleight of the hand’ governor! He has become a sign post of the way things are done in PDP!

  • steve

    oh ye generation of (APC) vipers,how soon you have forgotten that GEJ declared
    his asset publicly in 2011.asset declaration is the duity of a well recorgnised body in nigeria,
    to publicly declear it is another………………..VOTE wisely………..GEJ is the man…………GBAM!

  • BroVic

    Public asset declaration is optional. It is also a mere formality and indeed an unnecessary one. Attachment of his certificate, on the other hand, is required by law. Please remind Baba.

  • basil edoma

    See this criminal ooo!!!! Please do declare it now… its just in dreams that you actually loot our public funds cos in reality you’re not going to smell that seat of power again… yes I’m addressing that ex pharoah albeit general cum dictator buhari… You’re so old school….