Nigeria: President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo declare assets

By Chinyere Ogbonna – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, have declared their assets.

This is in line with the requirement of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The hint of their declaration is contained in a statement by The head of President Buhari’s Media Team, Garba Shehu in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to the statement, “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.

The figures, as declared, are not yet made public.  However, by declaring their assets, President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo have fulfilled the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution, and also fulfilled the first of their many campaign promises.

During the electioneering campaigns, President Buhari had promised Nigerians that he would publicly declare his assets as soon as he took over government.