Reports say details of the assets declared to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be made public as soon as the agency concludes its verification of the claims, the Presidency said yesterday.
The Presidency announced penultimate Saturday that the First and Second citizens had submitted their assets declaration forms to the CCB in compliance with the 1999 Constitution, but the announcement sparked criticisms from some Nigerians who said the action felt short of their expectation.
They asked that the contents of the forms be made public as promised by the President during the campaign.
However, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant, (Media and Publicity), Malam Garba Shehu said yesterday that his principal and the Vice President remain committed to their pre-election promises on the matter.
He said the “declared assets and those of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be released to the public upon the completion of their verification by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).”
He hoped the process “will be completed before the expiry of the 100-day deadline within which they said they would do this.”
He added: “the duly completed forms by both the President and the Vice President were submitted to the CCB on March 28th, a clear day ahead of their inauguration.
“This statement was warranted by the need to clarify some suggestions that the President and the Vice-President may not, after all, declare their assets publicly.
“While such public display of concern is appreciated and valued, it must be said that it is a little precipitate.
“As required by law, the declaration and submission of documents to the CCB have been made, but there still remains the aspect of verification which the Bureau will have to conduct to authenticate the submissions made to it.
“In the circumstances, it is only after this verification exercise, and not before, that the declaration can be said to have been made and validated; and only after this, will the details be released to the public.
“There is no question at all that the President and the Vice President are committed to public declaration of their assets within the 100 days that they pledged during the presidential campaign.
“The President and the Vice President wish to thank Nigerians for their show of concern, and for the confidence they have shown in their leaders’ integrity, as evidenced by the high pedestal of uprightness and expectations on which they have placed them.”