By declaring their assets, leaving out the liabilities, federal, state and local government officials might not have fulfilled all constitutional righteousness.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had, upon assumption of office, tendered the required documents containing information about their assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for scrutiny and promised to make the contents public, as pledged during the 2015 presidential election campaigns.
However, an elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, and some legal practitioners are arguing that if the figures reeled out last week are representative of the contents of the documents the two leaders lodged with the CCB, they might have come short of fulfilling the provision of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Section 140, sub-section 1 of the 1999 Constitution as amended states: “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 this Constitution and he has taken and subscribed to the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of office prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to this Constitution.”
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