Socio–Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to recommit to transparency and demonstrate leadership by publicly committing to publish his asset declaration at the end of his tenure of office, and encouraging other members of his administration to do the same.
SERAP also urged him to “direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to prosecute all outstanding high-profile corruption cases currently being handled by his office.
Buhari had stated in his Independence Day address that “I have promised to bequeath a country where all citizens have equal opportunities to achieve their lives. We have made significant progress in the eradication of deeply entrenched corruption that permeates all facets of our national development.”
But, in an open letter dated, October 1, 2022 and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “Contrary to your Independence Day address, grand corruption has continued to deny millions of Nigerians equal opportunities.”
SERAP said, “promoting transparency and combating corruption and ensuring full and effective respect for the rule of law would send a strong signal of your commitment to leave behind a legacy of transparency and accountability.”
According to SERAP, “millions of people are falling into preventable poverty, and live in a continuing state of anxiety and insecurity.”