A former lawmaker and activist Senator Shehu Sani has said that the decision of Oyo State governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde, to publicly declare his assets is a moral challenge to President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The former Kaduna Central Senator stated this on his Twitter page while reacting to the controversial statement credited to the Oyo state chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) that Makinde should explain his source of wealth.
Sani who didn’t specifically mention President Buhari or his vice said the public declaration of assets by Makinde “is a moral challenge to the messiahs of transparency, Angels of change and saints of anti-corruption.”
The APC-led government of Buhari is known for its anti-corruption campaign. During his first term in office, his administration focused majorly on the fight against corruption.
At a time, some of the critics of his government described his anti-corruption mantra as a means to intimidate the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Also, Buhari and his vice declared their assets on assumption of office in 2015 while Nigerians no longer know the value of their wealth in 2019 as the form submitted at the Code of Conduct Bureau were not made public.
In what appeared to be a rude shaking of the political bridge of the ruling APC on Monday, July 15, 2019, a PDP governor in Oyo publicly declared his assets and Nigerians saw it as a challenge to the ruling APC in Abuja.
Oyo State Governor’s public declaration of assets is a moral challenge to the messiahs of transparency,Angels of change and saints of anti corruption.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) July 16, 2019
“If an opposition party member could publicly declare his assets, what’s holding the ruling APC that has been campaigning vigorously against corruption?” a political observer asked.
The assets declared by the governor showed that he is worth over N48 billion. He said his decision to make it public was in fulfillment of one of his electoral promises.
It also showed that he has 12 houses: nine in Nigeria, two in the United States of America, and one in South Africa.
But Nigerians were shocked when the Oyo APC came up with a statement that the billionaire governor should explain his source of wealth.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the state party chairman, Mr. Akin Oke, as saying Makinde failed to explain how he came about his wealth and the social media was agog again, most of them blasting opposition party in the state.