The chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Mohammed Isah, has said that the bureau would not release details of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s assets.
Mr Isah made the statement at a forum organised by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja.
According to him, the CCB cannot release details of their assets because there is no guideline from the National Assembly that instructs it to do so.
He further stated that the CCB’s operations are guided by the stipulations of the constitution and the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act.
“Paragraph 3 of the third schedule of the constitution gives the CCB power to retain in its custody details of assets declared by a public office holder.
“It also grants them the power to make them available for inspection upon request by any citizen of Nigeria, on the terms and conditions prescribed by the National Assembly,” Mr Isah noted.
He therefore, said that the conditions stipulated by the FOI Act would be nullified if anybody as a private person or private organisation wants to access asset declaration or information contained in asset declaration of any public officer.
The CCB boss, however, did not indicate whether or not the bureau had asked the National Assembly to prescribe the conditions.
The FOI Act establishes the right of anyone to request information in the custody of any public official, agency or institution, with the exception of security files which are not of public concern.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, had requested the details of asset declarations of Nigeria’s presidents and state governors from 1999 till date.