Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, has challenged Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State, and All Progressive Congress, APC, governors of Northern extraction to publicly declare their assets just as the President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo have done.
Senator Sani said neither El-Rufai nor his counterpart governors from the APC and the North have any tangible reason not declaring their assets stressing that making known their verifiable material profiles would enable the people to assess and judge them at the end of their tenure.
Sani wondered why the governors are yet to declare their assets publicly months following their inauguration and in emulation of President Buhari and Vice President, Prof Osinbajo.
“If Buhari cries or laughs, these governors follow suit. But I wonder why they are yet to emulate his footsteps by declaring their assets soon after the President and the Vice President declared their assets. There is no moral justification here; I want to believe that they are governors without human face,” Sani said.
Speaking in his Sallah message yesterday, the lawmaker said northern governors and other APC governors cannot justify their reasons for failing to be conscientious by making their assets public as the leaders with morals that they want everyone to believe that they are. “They should be prudent and allow the change they preach to manifest in them for others to follow”.
Senator Sani equally tongue-lashed some of the northern governors for their inability to pay workers’ salary, particularly when most of the workers were victims of flood disasters and had lost their valuables to flood and their loved ones in death at the Holy Land in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
“There is the need to follow the precedent of President Buhari. I urge the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, to deploy its statutory powers to force the governors to declare their assets. Also, the Freedom of Information Act should be deployed against them and all other public office holders from 1999 to date.
“It will avail the public the opportunity to know how righteous or hypocritical their so-called leaders are. Declaring your assets before the CCB, and not doing it publicly shows that the governors have skeletons in their cupboards.
“Nigerians must insist that their leaders must disclose what they have, and Nigerians must form vigilante group to help the Code of Conduct Bureau to verify the claims of their leaders.
“It is an irony that in this country where people want to parade the first class degrees, the degrees they made in Harvard and Cambridge, how brilliant they were in these prestigious universities, yet they don’t want people to know how they come by the wealth overnight,” he said.