Lawyer Sues Buhari, Osinbajo For Failing To Publicly Declare Assets

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A lawyer and human rights activist, Kabir Akingbolu, has sued President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo over allegedly failure to keep to their promise to Nigerians during their electioneering campaigns to publicly declare their assets.

Akingbolu, who filed the suit before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos is contending that by declaring their assets secretly, Buhari and Osinbajo have violated Section 172 and Section 11 (1) and (2) of the Code of Conduct for public officers under the Fifth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Other defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

Buhari and Osinbajo had declared their assets to the CCB secretly, a development which drew public condemnation, with many insisting that it was a departure from the anti-corruption posture of President Buhari who had prior to the election promised to declare his assets publicly.

Akingbolu is, therefore, asking the court to declare that it was mandatory for the CCB to publicly publish the assets of Buhari and Osinbajo.

He is further praying the court to declare that the secret declaration of assets by Buhari and Osinbajo was unconstitutional.

He also want the court to mandate them to publicly declare their assets in line with the Code of Conduct for public officers under the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution.

Akingbolu, in an affidavit in support of the suit, averred that Buhari and Osinbajo made it abundantly clear while canvassing for votes from Nigerians that they would publicly declare their assets in order to prove that they would run a transparent government.

He further averred that under the code of conduct, the President and the Vice President were duty as public officers to declare their assets publicly, and that the duo have breached the said stipulation by not publicly declaring their assets as dictated and mandated by the Constitution.

He lamented that the CCB “has been shielding Buhari and Osinbajo by not publicizing their purported declaration of assets in line with the law.”

“I know as a fact as a legal practitioner that Buhari and Osinbajo are duty bound to declare their assets publicly and it will be in the interest of justice, public peace and good governance to grant the reliefs in this suit,” he averred.

1 COMMENT

  1. Tranquillity, probity, accountability and credibility must takes its roots in Nigerians’ democracy. Declaring assets as constitutions demand is paramount for peaceful democratic coexistence and justice. True democratic law must be enforce and exhibit for effective democratic processes and development. Where the constitutions demand public declaration of assets, then nobody is exception. I know the president and vice president of this country,( Nigeria) have all the credibility to lead this country forward.
    And i think with such accusation from law maker, they have to prove to public that their pedigree is suitable enough by declaring their assets to Nigerians.
    Transparency and credibility in all tiers of government in Nigeria must be observed as stipulated in the Nigerian constitution.