The Code of Conduct Bureau has hinted reasons why it is impossible to make public the details of assets declared by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The Bureau revealed that it hands are tied due to the Nigerian 1999 constitution which allows the declaration of assets by office holders but did not allow for publicity.
It would be recalled, Buhari had pledged to publicly declare his assets despite the lack of a law requiring him to do so.
However, while the President continues to dawdle on the subject, the presidency came out to say details of his declaration will be made available after the Code of Conduct Bureau authenticates claims in the forms.
The CCB revealed that, “sections 12(1) (a) (v), 14(1) (b) and 15(1)9a) of the same Act empowered it to decline any request, which it considered an invasion of personal privacy.
“Assets declarations by public officers contain such personal information, which falls within the exemptions to the disclosure of information in the FOIA,” the Bureau added,
Explaining further that, paragraph 3(c of the Third Schedule, Part 1 of the constitution (as amended) empowered it to “make assets declarations of public officers available for inspection by any citizen of Nigeria only on terms and conditions prescribed by the National Assembly.
“However, the terms and conditions under which that can be done have not yet been prescribed by the National Assembly”.