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President Goodluck Jonathan has Declared his Assets, Though Not Publicly – Code of Conduct Bureau

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President Goodluck Jonathan has come under criticism several times for his refusal to publicly declare his assets. He was once quoted as saying “The issue of public asset declaration is a matter of personal principle. That is the way I see it, and I don’t give a damn about it, even if you criticise me from heaven.”

However, today, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Dr Sam Saba said the President has no case to answer.

Speaking through Alhaji Ibrahim Manzo, the Federal Commissioner representing North West in the Bureau, who represented him at a Compliance Training Workshop for Public officers on Wednesday in Abuja, he said there was no law that says the President has to declare his assets publicly.

“As far as we are concerned, Mr President has declared his assets, though not publicly. There is no law that says that you should declare your assets publicly; it simply states that you should declare your assets.

“What is important is that he has declared his assets and when we go through his form and we discover any area that is questionable, then we will take him to court,” Vanguard quoted him as saying.

He added that the fight against corruption is the collective responsibility of all patriotic Nigerians, said Nigerians should wake up to the task.

My question now is – If the President has declared his assets, but not publicly, can Nigerians really say that he has declared his assets?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

14 Comments

  1. Layo

    September 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    ode ni gbo gbo won se. Wallahi

  2. dontmention

    September 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Na so……I suppose he was waiting for mitt Romney to release his taxes first…..mtshweeeew

  3. Mz Socially Awkward....

    September 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    And what of Patience’s assets? Were those also declared?

  4. lilly

    September 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    LOL…..this na long story….mschewwwwww

  5. Amber

    September 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Wo Na dem Sabi jare,let all those in the house of senate declare their assets too

  6. Soraya

    September 27, 2012 at 12:42 am

    @Mz Socially Awkward- wetin concern you with Madam Jonathan’s assets??? Is she a public official??

  7. buchi

    September 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

    There is no law that says public declaration! so what can we do

  8. Ogunnoiki

    September 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Who are they fooling? If GEJ has nothing to hide, why ,made his declaration secret?

  9. Edmond

    September 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    He’s like his father OBJ

  10. brandigest

    September 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    How is this a great news. After telling 150million Nigerians that he doesn’t give a “damn’, he instead of declare it openly he secretly did that which is a bridge of the constitution. Jonathan knows what the law says, he should do the right thing. We have a long way to go with these crop of men on fisherman’s hat and on Babariga.
    The only arm(legislative) who should check the president is just a mere extension of the presidency, his boys.
    http://brandigest.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/stepping-into-the-shoes-of-the-consumers/

  11. ESTRANEO

    September 28, 2012 at 4:51 am

    who are they deceiving? why do our politicians think that we Nigerians are fools? is it because we re-elect them after knowing of their corruption or what? lets juz keep praying for Nigeria

  12. bisoye

    September 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Christ deliver us from the hands of this beast we call our rulers.

  13. Ime Usua

    February 17, 2015 at 2:06 am

    The President is right! The onus in on Bureau to make it public. But public declarations would better serve the intended purpose than secret which has 2 disadvantages:
    1. Does not build the needed trust in the system.
    2. Can be secretly removed and doctored.

  14. Imeginal

    February 17, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Naija!

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