Femi Adesina, the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, has said the latter did not say he would publicly declared his assets as people say of him. He said it was the president’s party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, that said assets of its then presidential candidate (Buhari) would be published.
Adesina said this to Kayode Ogundamisi, a social commentator, in an interview. He said Buhari had already complied with the law by declaring his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and that it is up to him to make it public after the bureau has finished verifying assets declared.
“You need to get his words right, go and check all that the president said during the campaign, in no place would you see it attributed to him as a person,” Adesina said.
“But then there is a document by his party, the All Progressives Congress, saying he would declare publicly, so we need to set that right, it’s a declaration by his party.
“Now what does the law require? The law requires public officers to declare their assets; he has done that. But his party has a document that says he would do it publicly.
“There is a procedure for that, and the procedure is that you first declare, code of conduct (bureau) would verify and after that, if you want to make it public, the onus lies on you to say release. The procedure has to be followed.
” The presidential spokesman went on to say the decision to release or not release the asset for public consumption would be taken by the president when verification is done.
“He has declared, and it is deposited with the code of conduct bureau and they need to verify. Let’s come to that time when code of conduct would say we have completed verification.”