Assets declaration: Nigerians bombard Conduct Bureau for former Presidents, govs form; heads of schools now to declare assets
Nigerians have bombarded the Code of Conduct Bureau to request for the asset declaration forms of former Presidents and Heads of State, serving and ex-governors despite they are no longer in public offices.
Among the past Presidents and heads of state Nigerians are demanding for their asset declaration forms to be released by the bureau, the mostly affected former Presidents and heads of state are ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, ex-President Ibrahim Babangida, and ex-Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.
However, there is still a pending legal case in the court requesting that Nigerians should be granted the free will to peep at the assets declared by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
While reacting to the development, the Bureau said that the National Assembly has not put guidelines in place on how Nigerians can have access to the asset forms of the ex-leaders.
It said it can only release asset forms to statutory public bodies or departments like security agencies, investigating agencies (like ICPC and EFCC) and the court.
Meanwhile, the Code of Bureau have revealed that vice chancellors of universities, rectors of polytechnics, provosts of colleges of education and public officers from Assistant Director and above are now expected to declare their assets.
This revelation was made by the Chairman of CCB, Prof. Muhammed Isah in an exclusive interview with newsmen
Isah said: “We have high demand for the asset declaration forms of all the former Presidents and Heads of State and governors. We cannot release the asset forms of these past public officers because the guidelines for releasing such have not been put in place by the National Assembly.
“We even have a case in court on this demand which we are trying to defend. It is not about protecting these past leaders, but it is about the law and compliance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
“We do release asset forms to public institutions like EFCC, ICPC, the court and security agencies. For instance, a High Court in Kaduna State recently asked for the Asset Declaration Form of Governor Nasir el-Rufai and we submitted it.
Asked why more Nigerians are interested in the asset forms of past leaders, Isah simply added: “I don’t know their intention for it.”
He said the bureau was working on the amendment of the CCB Act to enable Nigerians to have access to asset forms.
“We are working on amending the Act of the CCB. Until the Act is amended as part of the next Constitution amendment, we cannot do anything now. If the amendment is done, there is possibility of getting the guidelines to have access to asset forms of public officers.”