Palpable tension seems to have gripped members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, as the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, on Thursday evening, began massive verification of assets declared by top serving and former Public Officers.
Post-Nigeria gathered that all efforts by some serving Ministers to convince Buhari to stop the CCB from verifying their assets, proved abortive, as the President practically told them to “go and answer their fathers name.”
A presidential source revealed that; “Some Ministers wanted to stop the exercise but the President told them to go and clear themselves,” the source said.
There are speculations that the likes of Rotimi Amaechi, Babatunde Fashola and Fayemi Kayode, who were immediate past Governors of Rivers, Lagos and Ekiti respectively are trying to frustrate the exercise.
A statement by the Chairman of the CCB, Sam Saba, released by the Press and Protocol Unit of the Bureau on Thursday, stated that the exercise involved physical appearance of the concerned Public Officers before the Bureau, for conference and field verification’s of their declared assets.
Conference verification requires Public Officers to present documents relating to their declared assets to designated officials of the Bureau.
According to the Bureau, Ministers who have yet to submit themselves for the verification are; Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation); Babatunde Fashola (Power, Works and Housing); Ibe Kachikwu (Petroleum Resources (State); Abubakar Malami (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice); Adebayo Shittu (Communications); Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Solid Minerals and Steel Development); Audu Ogbeh (Agriculture and Rural Development).
Others include; Senator Aisha Alhassan (Women Affairs and Social Development); Solomon Dalung (Youths and Sports Development); Osagie Ehanire (Health (State); Usani Usani (Niger Delta Affairs); Prof. Anthony Anwukah (Education (State); Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture), and General Ali Mansur (retd.) (Defence).
The list also includes Senator Udo Udoma (Budget and National Planning); Ibrahim Jibril (Environment (State); Suleiman Adamu (Water Resources and Rural Development); Mustapha Shehuri (Power (State); Prof. Claudius Daramola (Niger Delta Affairs (State) and Kemi Adeosun (Finance).
The rest are Professor Isaac Adewole (Health); Okechukwu Enelamah (Trade, Investment and Industry); Geoffrey Onyema (Foreign Affairs ); Muhammadu Bello (Federal Capital Territory); Senator Hadi Sirika (Aviation (State); Hajiya Khadija Bukar (Foreign Affairs (State); Senator Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment); Heineken Lokpobiri (Agriculture and Rural Development (State); Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technology); and Abubakar Bwari, Solid Minerals (State).
The rest of the Public Officers still expected to submit themselves to the Bureau are the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Oyo-Ita Ekanem; Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olanishakin; Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar Sadique; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibas Ibok among others.
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