President Muhammadu Buhari is not going to handpick a successor on the end of his tenure, the Presidency has assured.
The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity President, Femi Adesina, gave the peace of mind on Monday night whereas responding to points on the Channels Television programme, Politics Today.
He additionally mentioned that the President will not be compelled by regulation to make public his belongings for second term.
It was Adesina’s response to Latter Rain Assembly’s Serving Overseer Pastor Tunde Bakare’s counsel that the President needs to be concerned in selecting his successor and a requirement by Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP) that President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the 36 governors make public their assets’ declaration within seven days.
The President spokesman mentioned no portion of the Structure states that public workplace holders ought to publicise their assets declaration as being demanded by the Non-Government Organisation.
On Pastor Bakare’s recommendation, Adesina mentioned the President will ensure to not depart the office for looters, however he is not going to take steps that may circumvent the electoral process.
He mentioned though the President can be very excited about who succeeds him, he is not going to bend guidelines or manipulate the electoral process saying “we all know him, he isn’t somebody like that.
The president is not going to decide a successor. Will he have an interest within the process? Sure he’ll. He’ll guarantee that there’s a free, fair and credible election; that no one will come to make use of cash and assets to bamboozle his way into the leadership of the country. It is not going to happen. The president will guarantee free, fair and credible process however handy decide a successor? No, he is not going to do this.”
On if President Buhari was listening to the recommendation by his advisor, Pastor Bakare, Adesina mentioned: “The President will be certain that Nigeria is in protected fingers. There isn’t a level having labored, having made positive factors, having made advances since 2015-2023, to hand Nigeria over to those that will take her again or hand Nigeria over to looters once or you permit looters to allow stolen funds to work for them to grab power. No, that won’t happen.
The President can be that a lot in who succeeds him however he isn’t going to impose anyone. Moderately, he’s going to create a free and fair process and Nigerians are then going to find out who the subsequent president needs to be.”
On the SERAP ultimatum, Adesina insisted that the choice to make the asset public is a matter of voluntary will and never a compulsion.
He mentioned: “The President will do what the law requires of him and I can say for a undeniable fact that the President has declared his assets.
Declaring that publicly will not be in our law but voluntary therefore he can’t be compelled to take action.
The FoI Act, nevertheless, establishes the correct of anybody to request data within the custody of any public official, company or establishment, aside from safety recordsdata which aren’t of public concern.”
Requested if the President will oblige if the FoI Act was invoked, Adesina affirmed that making the President’s assets public can be based mostly on the discretion of the Code of Conduct Bureau.
He mentioned: “If FoI Act is invoked, will probably be left with the Code of Conduct Bureau to launch such information. The President has declared and already deposited the paperwork to them. So, it’s left to them to make such a choice.”