Ade Mario, the Director General of The Coalition of Nigerian Youth on Security & Safety Affairs (CONYSSA), recently commented on the Code of Conduct Bureau's request for Tinubu and other politicians to publicly declare their assets before the May 29 inauguration date.
According to Ade Mario, such a declaration of assets should be a standard practice for anyone seeking an elected office. He even added that it should be done prior to contesting for an election, rather than after winning. However, he lamented that corruption is a pervasive problem in Nigeria that prevents this from happening.
He explained that corruption is the reason why many Nigerian politicians are reluctant to publicly declare their assets. He believes that they have acquired their assets through illicit means, and as a result, they are afraid to make such declarations. In his opinion, if Nigeria was a functional country, many politicians would not be eligible to run for office. He went further to say that Tinubu would not be qualified to contest for the 2023 presidential election, as he would either be in the custody of the EFCC or detained elsewhere.
Hear him: "If Nigeria is a working country, many politicians won't be qualified to run for office in Nigeria. Tinubu won't be qualified to contest for the 2023 presidential election, he would either be in the den of the EFCC or detained somewhere".
Mario emphasized that publicly declaring one's assets should not be a big deal if the politicians have obtained their wealth through legitimate means. He believes that corruption is the major challenge that Nigeria faces, and until it is addressed, the country will continue to be in a dire situation.
Finally, he concluded that it is unfortunate that Nigeria is a country where corruption has become a norm, and politicians are reluctant to publicly declare their assets because they know they have acquired them through corrupt means.
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