Jonathan under attack over assets declaration

President Goodluck Jonathan was under attack yesterday over his decision not to make public his assets. The All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) and the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) rejected the President’s stand on the issue. The CPC said Dr. Jonathan is not being “honourable” by his action. The President, during his “Media Chat” on Sunday night, said, when asked why he was yet to declare publicly his assets: “I don’t give a damn about that. The law is clear about it and so, making it public is no issue and I will not play into the hands of the people. I have nothing to hide.” He said he declared his assets publicly under the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua because he did it. “But it is not proper. I could be investigated when I leave office. You don’t need to publicly declare it and it is a matter of principle. It is not the President declaring assets that will change the country.” The CPC, in a statement, said: “The Presidency feathers the nest of unending corruption in Nigeria. Is the President’s unwillingness to declare his assets, more than four years after he did so in 2007, not frustrating efforts to rationally assess the net increase of his assets since commencement of his service at the nation’s presidency?” The ANPP National Publicity Secretary Emma Eneukwu said: “It is very wrong for President Jonathan to object to declaring his assets. This further shows that Jonathan is leading by bad example.”


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