By Shola Abayomi.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has advocated public scrutiny of top government officials, stressing that if former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen was compelled to face prosecution for inadequately declaring his assets, other state officials should equally submit themselves to public scrutiny by openly declaring the assets they own.
The PDP further dared President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila to prove they are not corrupt by publicly declaring their assets.
Failure to publicy declare their assets, the PDP said, would further bring the anti-graft efforts of the APC administration to disrepute.
The PDP made the disclosure yesterday, in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi.
The statement reads, “We are of the opinion that President Mohammadu Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan and Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila should declare openly their assets to allow Nigerians to further see how much wealth they have acquired since joining government.
“We believe laying claim to sainthood is easy as Buhari and others have been doing all along, but Nigerians deserve to see beyond whatever government forces down their throats. By making a public declaration of their assets, Nigerians will be able to see better and judge accordingly.
“By making public their assets, Nigerians will see how many heads of cattle in 2019 had been added to what Buhari had 2015. Blowing hot and cold at the same time is not the hallmark of a leader with clean hands.”