For Nigerians to take him serious on his avowed commitment to crushing corruption in the polity, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has charged President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to begin the campaign with himself by publicly declaring all his assets after his inauguration on May 29.
iggSERAP listed asset declaration by Buhari in its five-point anti-corruption outline which it wants the president-elect to address.
In a statement issued yesterday by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the group lamented the institutionalisation of corruption in governance, but remarked that Nigerians were confident that Buhari could sanitise the system and improve on the wellbeing of most Nigerians.
Mumuni said that by declaring his assets, Buhari would set a standard and stage for the enthronement of transparency in public administration.
He further charged Buhari to make his war against corruption all-inclusive in terms of engaging the public and prosecution without fear or favour and not to go about it in a manner which would not make it take the form of a war against the opposition.
SERAP said: “The President-elect must appreciate the legacy of systemic corruption, its human rights costs and anticipate the scale and challenges of reconstruction.
“First, the President-elect should demonstrate the political will to prevent and combat corruption not only within his presidency but also at all levels of governance. His strategy should reflect the importance of transparency, accountability and participation.
“As a first step, the President-elect should immediately after 29 May 2015 demonstrate his total rejection of corruption by publicly declaring his assets and publicly instructing all members of his government to do the same,” it said.
Mumuni also urged the President-elect to address all unresolved corruption cases in various institutions and ministries including the aviation sector; the petroleum ministry where about N300billion was allegedly missing since 2011; the fuel subsidy scam; the alleged mismanagement of trillions of naira in the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC and others.

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