The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, have declared their assets, as required by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but not made public as earlier promised during their campaign.
In his reaction to newsmen on why the assets weren’t made public,the head of President Buhari’s Media Team, Garba Shehu said,“President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau as required by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If anyone is interested in knowing details of his asset worth, such a person can avail himself or herself of the use of Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to seek the information from the bureau.”
“The Code of Conduct Bureau on Friday acknowledged the submission of President Buhari’s and Vice President Osinbajo’s assets declaration form submitted separately on May 28, and signed for by the organisation’s Chairman, Sam Saba. President Buhari’s Declarant ID was given as: ‘President: 000001/2015?,” the statement read.
The Nigerian Constitution states in Chapter VI Section 140, that a person elected to the office of President shall not begin to perform the functions of that office until he has declared his assets and liabilities as prescribed in the Constitution.
NewsWireNGR recalls that President Umaru Musa Yar’adua of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP had declared his assets and that of then Vice President Jonathan to the CCB and also made the same declaration public to the Nigerian people..
While seeking election into the highest office in the land, the President had promised Nigerians that he would publicly declare his assets as soon as he took over government.
Advocates of declaration of assets say it will put a stop to corrupt practices.
After taking the Oath of Office on Friday, President Buhari reiterated his commitment to tackling corruption in Nigeria, but said his government would not be interested in “paying off old scores”.