Senate President, Bukola Saraki, yesterday reacted to the assets ownership claim made by Panama-based offshore provider, Mossack Fonseca and shared by the International Consortium of Investigation Journalists (ICIJ) that he has no secret asset and that he has declared assets belonging to him and his wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki.
Saraki said, he has fully fulfilled the provisions of the law on declaration of assets by public officers. The embattled Senate President said he had on several occasions declared his assets, including properties owned individually by himself and his wife.
He stated that, “Furthermore, the law only requires a public officer to declare both his own assets and those held by his spouse and his children under 18 years of age. The law does not require a public officer to declare assets held by the spouse’s family”.
He also said, “It is not expected by the law that a public officer should declare such assets held in the spouse’s family estate. Indeed, the Code of Conduct form does not make provision for declaration of spouse’s family assets”.