President Muhammadu Buhari says his strict adherence to the constitutional requirement of assets declaration before and after taking office was aimed at strengthening best practices, raising moral standards in public service and helping to build integrity and combat corruption.
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Garba Shehu on Friday, Buhari also asked all out-going officials, elected and appointed, from the Vice President down the line, to collect assets declaration forms, fill and return them as he has done.
Speaking upon collecting his asset declaration form from the chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Professor Isah Mohammed, Buhari said no one is excluded from the constitutional duty of assets declaration.
“I signed, collected and acknowledged receiving my form. From here, I will ask my bank manager in Kaduna to show me what has gone in and out of my account. Nobody is excluded from declaring their assets. I expect everyone, from the Vice President downwards, to follow the system,” he said.
For his part, CCB chairman, Professor Mohammed, said compliance by the President in the last eight years and the support he had given to the Bureau had enabled it to achieve 99% compliance by elected and appointed officials.
Mohammed also acknowledged the support of the President in the achievement of the digitisation of the CCB’s services and operations, thereby helping the organisation to open investigation of cases with greater efficiency.