President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said he and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would only declare their assets publicly as promised during their campaigns after the Code of Conduct Bureau had completed the verification of their declared assets.
He expressed the hope that the verification would be concluded within the first 100 days of their administration during which they promised that their assets would be declared publicly.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the clarification in a statement made available to journalists.
Shehu had penultimate Saturday issued a statement indicating that Buhari and Osinbajo had declared their assets before CCB without giving details of the assets declared.
The development attracted criticism from individuals and groups who recalled that Buhari, during electioneering, promised to declare his assets publicly and encourage those who will work with him to do the same.
But Shehu in the latest statement said the President and Vice President had said that in fulfillment of one of their campaign promises, their declared assets would be released to the public upon the completion of their verification by the CCB.
He said the statement was warranted by the need to clarify some suggestions that the President and the Vice President may not, after all, declare their assets publicly.
He however described the concern raised by members of the public as “a little precipitate.”
The presidential spokesman said the President and Vice President remained committed to their electoral promise of declaring their assets publicly within the first 100 days of their administration.