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SERAP tasks Buhari to declare his assets before leaving office

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to show transparency by publicly publishing his assets at the end of his tenure of office, IgbereTV reports

The organization also encouraged the President to charge other members of his cabinet to do the same.

SERAP also urged Buhari to direct the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, to take immediate steps to diligently prosecute all outstanding high-profile corruption cases currently being handled by his office.

In his address on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Day anniversary of Nigeria, Buhari had promised to leave behind a just country for all.

“I have promised to bequeath a country where all citizens have equal opportunities to achieve their lives. We have made significant progress in the eradication of deeply entrenched corruption that permeates all facets of our national development”, he said

However, in an open letter dated October 1, 2022, by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “Contrary to your Independence Day address, grand corruption has continued to deny millions of Nigerians equal opportunities.”

 

According to SERAP, “millions of people are falling into preventable poverty, and live in a continuing state of anxiety and insecurity.”

The letter read in part: “We hope that the next few months will show your administration’s commitment to consistently uphold transparency and accountability, in order to create a rule of law-friendly environment that would make Nigerians safer.

“There remain longstanding and grave concerns regarding widespread cases of grand corruption involving high-ranking government officials, and systemic corruption in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), and persistent attacks on the rule of law.

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