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SERAP Charges Buhari On Asset Declaration

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to make a public declaration of his assets soon after his inauguration on May 29.

This, according to the body would help in eradicating corruption from the country.

SERAP, in a statement by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, on Thursday, expressed its disaffection on the country’s fate in the face of institutional corruption, saying Nigerians had high hopes in Buhari to sanitise the system and alleviate the sufferings of the common man.

According to SERAP, by declaring his asset, Buhari would have set a standard for the culture of transparency, which the organisation said was currently missing in public life.

It advised Buhari to make his war against corruption all-inclusive in terms engaging the public and prosecution without fear or favour. It however urged him to go about it in a manner that would not make it look like a war against the opposition.

“The President-elect must appreciate the legacy of systemic corruption, its human rights costs; and anticipate the scale and challenges of reconstruction.

“First, the President-elect should demonstrate the political will to prevent and combat corruption not only within his presidency but also at all levels of governance. His strategy should reflect the importance of transparency, accountability and participation.

“As a first step, the President-elect should immediately after 29 May 2015 demonstrate his total rejection of corruption by publicly declaring his assets and publicly instructing all members of his government to do the same,” it said.

Part of the corruption eradication road map set for Buhari by SERAP was also for the President-elect to visit all unresolved corruption cases in various institutions and ministries including the aviation sector; the petroleum ministry where about N300bn was allegedly missing since 2011; the fuel subsidy scam; the alleged mismanagement of trillions of naira in the Security and Exchange Commission and others.

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