Code of Conduct Bureau, Fawehinmi lock horns over Buhari assets declaration

By Amako Nneji June 2, 2015 14:05

Code of Conduct Bureau, Fawehinmi lock horns over Buhari assets declaration

Following the secret declaration of assets by President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, as against their campaign promise to make open declarations of their assets, many Nigerians who are eager to know the leaders’ net worth will be disappointed, as the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, which keeps custody of the assets declared by the two leaders, has said it lacks the power to make them public.

Chairman of the CCB, Mr. Sam Sada, who stated this on Monday, affirmed that there was a gap in the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act which made it difficult for the bureau to make public the assets declared by public figures.

In a statement on Saturday, the head of Buhari’s media team, Garba Shehu, had stated that the President and the Vice President submitted their assets declaration forms separately on Thursday.

Shehu added that the CCB, through its Chairman, Sam Saba, had acknowledged the receipt of the forms on Friday.

Shehu, however, did not disclose the contents of the assets declaration forms.

As mounting criticism continues to trail this secret declaration of assets, a Human Rights Activist and lawyer, Mohammad Fawehinmi, has stated that it was the responsibility of the Code of Conduct Bureau to make the asset public

    “They have done what is required by law by declaring their assets officially; it is now the duty of the Code of Conduct to make it open or published it.

    “However, it becomes an obligation on Buhari and Osinbajo to publish their assets publicly as contained in their electoral promises. This will be the beginning of the fulfillment of their promises to Nigerians,” he said.

He stressed that Nigerians have the right to know.

In reaction, the CCB maintained that Sub-section 3c of Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution actually empowered the National Assembly to determine the terms and conditions for making such assets publicly.

    “A public institution shall ensure that information referred to in this section is widely disseminated and made readily available to members of the public through various means, including print, electronic and online sources, and at the offices of such public institutions.”