APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari said he will publicly declare his assets if elected as the president of Nigeria.
Buhari stated this in a document obtained by Punch on Thursday, February 19, 2015. The document highlights what the APC presidential candidate will do in his first 100 days if he assumes power on May 29.
Buhari said he would encourage political appointees in his administration to also declare their assets publicly. The people’s general, in the document titled, “I plegde to Nigeria” said that all his political appointees would only earn salaries and allowances as prescribed by the Revenue and Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission.
Buhari said “I pledge to publicly declare my assets and liabilities, encourage all my appointees to publicity declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment. All political appointees will only earn the salaries and allowances determined by the RMFAC.”
Buhari will be the second Nigeria’s President to publicly declare his asset if he keeps to his promise.
The former and late president of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Yar’dua, also from Kastina state as Buhari, was the first and the only Nigeria’s President to have publicly declared his assets when he assumed office.
Late Yar’dua’s action forced his then deputy, who is now the President, Goodluck Jonathan, to also make his assets declaration forms available to the public.
However, since Jonathan assumed office as the substantive President, Goodluck has refused to make the forms available to the public, saying that he did that when he was serving as deputy to Yar’dua.
When asked during the presidential media chat whether he would consider declaring his assets publicly, Goodluck refused, saying he don’t give a damn.
On tackling the insurgency, Buhari said that he had had the rare privilege of serving the country in the military in various capacities and rose to the rank of a major general and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and that he would defend the integrity of the nation.
Buhari said “I pledge, as Commander-in-Chief, to lead from the front and not behind in the comfort and security of Aso Rock, to boost the morale of fighting forces and the generality of all Nigerians,”
On the fate of the kidnapped Chibok girls, the APC presidential candidate said that as a father, he has been feeling the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are widows and orphans of the military, paramilitary, civillians and parents or the Chibok girls.
He said “My government shall act decisively on any actionable intelligence to #BringBack Our Girls.”