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First Anniversary: Publish your assets, prove your commitment – SERAP to Tinubu


 Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has asked President Bola Tinubu to use the anniversary of his first year in office to publish his assets.

 

SERAP tasked the President to use the anniversary as an opportunity to demonstrate his oft-expressed commitment to democracy, accountability, and openness in government.

 

It urged him to encourage his Vice-President Kashim Shettima, ministers, and state governors to also widely publish their assets declaration forms.

 

It also called on him to urgently propose a constitutional amendment to include provisions on the creation of asset declaration databases to publish government officials’ asset declaration forms before, during, and after serving in public office.

 

In the open letter dated 25 May 2024 and signed by SERAP Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “Widely publishing your asset declaration form and encouraging your Vice-President, ministers, and state governors to also widely publish their assets would serve legitimate public interests.”

 

SERAP said: “Publishing your asset declaration form and encouraging others to do so would also promote public trust and establish a system of transparency, accountability and public participation.”

 

According to SERAP, “Openness and transparency in the details of asset declaration forms of high-level public officials would strengthen the country’s democracy and promote accountability at all levels of government.

 

The letter read in part: “You promised in your inaugural speech on May 29, 2023 ‘to take proactive steps to discourage corruption’, and to ensure that ‘Nigeria is impartially governed according to the constitution and the rule of law.

 

“We urge you to use your first anniversary in office as an important opportunity to underscore and reaffirm your oft-repeated commitment to democratic governance, openness and public accountability by immediately taking concrete steps to implement the proposed recommendations.”

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