President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have declared their assets this evening, 30th May, 2015. As postulated by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that abyone holding a public office must declare their assets before assuming office. The immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan and Namadi Sambo, didn’t make their assets a public affair. We would recall that 6 years ago, late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua while assuming office publicly declared his assets. A statement signed by Garba Shehu, the head of President Muhammadu Buhari Media Team said;
“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 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. In Declaring their assets, President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo have fulfilled the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution. By doing this and have 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.