President Muhammadu Buhari emphasizes his commitment to upholding the constitutional requirement of assets declaration as a means to promote best practices, ethical standards, integrity, and the fight against corruption in public service. In line with this objective, the President has directed all outgoing officials, both elected and appointed, starting from the vice president downwards, to collect, fill, and submit the assets declaration form, just as he has done. The President’s media aide, Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a recent statement.
During a visit to the Code of Conduct Bureau in Abuja, President Buhari collected his assets declaration form from Professor Isah Mohammed, the bureau’s chairman. Expressing the inclusivity of the constitutional duty of assets declaration, President Buhari highlighted that no individual should be exempt from this responsibility. He further emphasized his personal commitment to transparency by mentioning his intention to review his account activities with his bank manager in Kaduna.
Professor Mohammed, while acknowledging the President’s compliance with assets declaration over the past eight years, also praised the support President Buhari has extended to the bureau. As a result of this support, the bureau has achieved an impressive 99% compliance rate among elected and appointed officials. The digitization efforts championed by President Buhari have significantly improved the efficiency of the bureau’s services and operations, facilitating the prompt investigation of cases.