Majority of Nigerians who took part in an opinion poll have dismissed the authenticity of the asset declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Buhari, via a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, provided information on his assets three years ago, bowing to growing public pressure for the then new government to do so within its first 100 days.
Prior to the disclosure, Nigerians condemned Mr Buhari’s failure to form a cabinet and make public his assets after more than three months in office.
However, over two years after that declaration, majority of respondents in the poll by PREMIUM TIMES and Buharimeter believe what Mr Shehu released was insufficient to be considered the president’s public assets declaration.
Buharimeter is a project by prominent civic group, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), to track the delivery of President Buhari’s campaign promises to Nigerians.
The online poll lasted a week and was conducted in a way that made it impossible for any respondent to vote more than once from the same computer or mobile device.
The participants were presented with the statement released by Mr Shehu in 2015 and asked: “Do you believe the statement released by Garba Shehu is sufficient as public declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s assets and liabilities?”
Statistics – Poll – President Buhari Asset Declaration
While 37.1 per cent of the respondents (1,559) considered the president’s asset declaration sufficient, 54.1 per cent (2,272 respondents) said it was not.