My attention has been called to a story in today’s edition of The Punch quoting me and some other ministers-designate as saying we will not publicly declare our assets as President MuhammaduBuhari and Vice President YemiOsinbajo have done.
While I’m 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.
While I remain ever available to respond to media enquiries about my service to my country and its people, I would continue to insist that the media deal with me with utmost professionalism and transparency.
In that light, I demand that The Punch retracts, in its entirety, the publication about me in its publication of today (Saturday). I also urge the media to always check and crosscheck their facts before attributing any comments to me.
Ibrahim Usman Jibril