My ministers must declare their assets –Buhari

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The President-elect, Muhammadu , says those seeking political appointments in his administration will be forced to declare their assets before taking office and before leaving. Buhari said this during an interview with Sahara TV on Sunday. He said this would encourage accountability and reduce corruption. He said, “All those that were governors, ministers, permanent secretaries, head of foreign staff and all those with political appointments will have to declare their assets on the assumption of their appointment and definitely with the courts. And once they leave they have to re-declare their assets.” Buhari, who insisted that last-minute defectors would not be given appointments in his government, promised not to interfere with the judiciary in the fight against corruption but would strengthen the nation’s justice system. He stated that his administration would not “become embroiled in investigation of every ministry, and then the government will not have time to move forward.” The President-elect slammed the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the depletion of the Excess Crude Account. Okonjo-Iweala had said a significant portion of the billions of dollars drained from ECA over the past two years was distributed to governors instead of being saved for a rainy day However, Buhari said the finance minister’s excuse was not acceptable. “I’m afraid the finance minister has no cause to complain because the governors cannot force the central government to act outside the constitution,” he said. On the contentious issue of oil block ownership and an equitable distribution of the country’s wealth, he suggested that partisan in was the cause of the uneven distribution in the oil sector. Buhari said that he wanted to formalise the oil sector in the country. He said that the “proliferation of oil fields to people who don’t even know what it is, is one of the messes partisan politics has brought.”

9 Comments

  1. Grace Aigbokhae

    April 13, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Good 1 from him. Since it will encourage accountability and reduce corruption.

  2. Sandra Chinasa Deborah

    April 13, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Hahahah… Thats better

  3. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    April 13, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Nice one sir, we believe u will bring d change we need. Keep it up

  4. Ndubuisi Oscar

    April 13, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Nice step for good governance, hope he will take action about it not just uttering words

  5. Louis Offor

    April 13, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Hmmm….The President-elect Speaks! Sir…though these words are decent to the hearing of a sane man. But Sir, i must implore you that when you get there, you have to ensure everything within your capacity is exhausted to see to the fruition of these ideas you already have in place else there might be persons who would want to see that you fail while the jury is still out on you until you deliver. I assure you Sir, you have my support and prayers and the support of all those who saw to it that you won your election.

  6. Tyra bello

    April 13, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Sai Baba, We are so behind you. May God protect you and help you achieve every of your great plans for this nation

  7. Eunice Aigbokhae

    April 13, 2015 at 9:56 am

    That is a very good idea sir

  8. Shobande Keymon Yomi

    April 13, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I see CHANGE coming. Sai Buhari

  9. Bello John

    April 13, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I pray you live up to your words. A good step in the right direction though