by ROTIMI FADEYI
… President, Osinbajo declare assets
President Muhammadu Buhari has said officials of past administrations including ministers are entitled to their full rights and privileges under the constitution and must not be subjected to any undue harassment and intimidation at the airports or at other points of entry and exit.
A statement issued by Head of Buhari media team, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted the President to have said, “We have not banned anyone from travelling,”
Responding to some cases of “V.I.P stoppages” at the airports as reported to him on Saturday, Buhari directed all agencies under the government to run their affairs in full compliance with extant rules, regulations and the constitution of the country.
The statement also quoted that the President said: “Unless otherwise directed by the courts, no law-abiding citizens should be barred from travelling abroad. We must treat fellow citizens with courtesy and respect. Officials at the borders and other points of entry and exit should conduct their affairs in strict compliance with due process. No one has my permission to bar anyone from travelling abroad.”
Meanwhile President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have declared their assets as required by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A statement issued by Head of Buhari’s media team, Garba Shehu said “The Code of Conduct Bureau on Friday acknowledged the submission of Buhari and Osinbajo assets declaration form submitted separately on May 28, and signed for by the organisation’s Chairman, Sam Saba. President Buhari’s Declarant ID was given as: ‘President: 000001/2015′”
The statement, however, did not disclose the details contained in the assets declaration.
The statement further said, “The Nigerian Constitution states in Chapter VI Section 140, that 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 the Constitution.
“By declaring their assets, Buhari and Osinbajo may have not only fulfilled the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution, but also fulfilled the first of their many campaign promises”
“While seeking election into the highest office in the land, the President had promised Nigerians that he would publicly declare his assets as soon as he took over government”, the statement added.
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