- The presidency says that President Muhammadu Buhari has already declared his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)
- President Buhari is, however, under no obligation as stated by any law in Nigeria to publicly declare his assets, says the executive
- Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, says it is left for the CCB to declare the assets of the president if the Freedom Of Information (FOI) Act is invoked
The special adviser to President Muhamadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that there is no law in Nigeria that compels his principal to publicly declare his assets.
Adesina said that if at all the president chooses to declare his assets to Nigerians since the beginning of his second administration, it will be on a voluntary basis, Channels TV reports.
However, the presidential aide confirmed that President Buhari has already declared his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
He said: “I can say for a fact that he has done because I am privy to it, and SERAP asking the president to declare publicly, on the basis of what law?
"The president will do what the law requires of him and what the law requires is that he should declare his asset which he has done. Declaring publicly is not in our laws; it can only be a voluntary thing.”
Adesina added that the Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests made by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) are left for the CCB to respond to, not the president.
He insisted that if the FOI act is invoked, it is the position of the CCB to respond to Nigerians publicly with the president's assets.
Adesina stated: “If the FoI act is invoked, it will be left with the Code of Conduct Bureau to release because the FoI act will not be for the president, the president has declared and it’s already deposited with the code of conduct."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had been given a 7-day ultimatum within which to publicly declare their assets.
The ultimatum was issued by SERAP on Saturday, January 4. SERAP confirmed the development in a post on its official Twitter handle and an article on its website.
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