Sunday, 6 September 2015

Senator Shehu Sani voluntarily declare assets


Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central Senatorial Districk has followed the example of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by declaring his assets, 24 hours after the two leaders took the bold step.

In a statement by Sani on Thursday, September 4, which was made available to newsmen, he has three bank accounts with a total of N22 million in them. He owns two residential houses in Kaduna, two houses under lease in Kaduna, two uncompleted office apartments in Kaduna, one residential house in Abuja, one family inherited house in Kurfi, Katsina State, and one family inherited house in Minna, Niger State. He also added that he owns several cars, and bought N5million worth of shares in 2007 but which crashed in 2008.

 According to him, declaration of assets is a moral challenge to all public office holders. The statement read, "In line with moral example set by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo, and in conformity to the standard of transparent and exemplary leadership, and in submission to the public and popular demand for integrity test to all public office holders, in a new Nigeria on a filtration process for a politically cleaner and decent future, I have decided to voluntarily make this public declaration. "President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo public declaration of their assets is a moral challenge to all public holders. Their declaration challenges all men of conscience and docks all men who lay claim to self dignity and self worth. "Their public declaration hangs a chain of guilt on the neck of all public office holders.

 To refuse to publicly declare assets is to continue to carry the burden of a moral thorn of guilt in a nation whose generation of leaders for so long stands in the dock of ethical court. "There are no saints and angels in politics, but the citizenry deserve to know the moral truth behind the facade of uprightness. A clean broom is needed to clean a dirty space. I chose to publicly declare and be pelted than to walk with the stain of suspicion and mistrust splashed on all public office holders by a generation of curious citizenry." Sani is the first Senator and public office holder to publicly declare his assets after the surprise announcement of the President and Vice President's assets on Wednesday, September 4.

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