Presidency moves against emergency billionaires ..says holders of public office must account for their wealth


Serving and former public office holders will henceforth be
made to account for their wealth, Vice President Yemi
Osibajo (SAN), has said. He stated this at a town hall
meeting convened by the United Action for Change, UAC in
Lagos today Saturday April 23rd.
Osinbajo who fielded questions from various labour and
professional organisations as well as individuals at the
meeting held at the Ikeja Airport Hotel, said “the era of
people becoming emergency billionaires is gone” and would
no longer be tolerated by the Buhari-led administration.
“Anybody who cant explain his wealth must be brought to
account. Everyone who has served in public office must
account for what they own. This is the change we want
Nigerians to support”, he declared, adding that the dream of
the Buhari government is to have a “country where integrity
is our national culture.”
The VP assured that the policies of the government are not
tainted by any hidden agenda, stressing that at the end of
their tenure, Buhari and himself will be ready to present
their bank account details and assets owned to convince
Nigerians they never abused their positions to get richer.
While pleading that Nigerians should be more patient with
the administration, Osinbajo said the change mantra of the
government was not and will never be a mere slogan but a
necessity they are irrevocably committed to.
“Nigerians should never lose hope in the face of present
difficulties. We have the best opportunity to change this
nation now because we have a leader who is honest in all
his dealings. There is a determination by this government
to change the nation’s direction”, he assured.
Answering questions on the social security scheme
promised some categories of Nigerians, the VP said the
government remains committed to a health insurance
scheme that will provide coverage for all Nigerians. He
assured that the N5,000 monthly stipend promised poor
Nigerians will soon take off, adding that a list of one million
beneficiaries for a start is already being complied across
the country.
He pleaded for the understanding of Nigerians on the biting
fuel scarcity across the country, promising that a policy
that will provide final solution will be unveiled in a matter of
weeks. UAC Covener and National Legal Adviser of the
ruling APC, Dr Muiz Banire, SAN in his opening remarks
called for continuous support for the change Nigerians
voted for at the 2015 general elections.
He explained that the body was “conceived as a vehicle to
engage and sensitize Nigerians on the philosophical and
moral significance of change working through its major
platform: Change Nigeria.”


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