One of minister-designates, Ibrahim Jibril, said that a report about him saying he would not emulate President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo after they made public their assets is false.
Recently, Buhari and Obasanjo have released details of their submissions to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to fulfil promises made to Nigerians during the electioneering campaigns.
Jibril and other ministers-designate were quoted by The Punch on Saturday, October 30, saying they were under no obligation to declare their assets publicly as the president and his deputy did.
Jibril’s media aide reportedly said in a statement: “It is not necessary to emulate Buhari and Osinbajo.”
However, Jibrin issued another statement late on Saturday saying he neither made those comments nor has a media aide going by the name Ibrahim Umar.
“While I am unable to ascertain at this time whether my colleagues quoted in the story spoke to the paper, I can say categorically, without any fear of contradiction, that I did not, at any time, speak to anyone from that newspaper.
“The paper quoted a certain Ibrahim Umar, who it described as my media aide, as speaking to it on my behalf. I however have no such aide or associate. So it is either the quote was manufactured or it was given to the paper by an impostor,” Jibril said.
The new minister said he is always avaliable to respond to media enquiries about his services to the Nigerian people. “I would continue to insist that the media deal with me with utmost professionalism and transparency,” he added.
The Acting Editor of Saturday Punch, Dayo Oketola, promised to investigate the issue.
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