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.
The head of President Buhari’s Media Team, Garba Shehu, gave the hint about the declaration of assets in a statement made available to Channels Television on Saturday.
“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.
The figures, as declared, are not yet available.
By declaring their assets, President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo may have not only fulfilled the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution, but also fulfilled the first of their many campaign promises.
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”.