In a recent interview with Arise TV, Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president and presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made multiple claims relating to his plans for Nigeria and his track record in public service.
TheCable checked some of the claims, and here is what we found.
CLAIM 1: Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s famous leaders, contested the presidency five to six times before he eventually won.
Abraham Lincoln never contested the presidential election five or six times as Atiku claimed.
Lincoln won his first bid for the presidency in 1860 and was re-elected in 1864.
He was the 16th president of the United States. He was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre, Washington DC by John Wilkes Booth. He died the following day on April 15, 1865.
CLAIM 2: There is no law stopping public officers from doing business in Nigeria.
VERDICT: False. The Nigerian legislation does not permit full-time public officers to run businesses, save for farming.
Section 6(b) of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Tribunal Act only allows public servants to engage and participate in running a farm, either subsistence or commercial.
The same provision is found in sections 2 (a) and (b) of the fifth schedule to the 1999 Constitution.
Timi Olagunju, a legal practitioner and policy analyst, told TheCable that section 6 of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Tribunal Act is quite clear on the matter.
“The CCB is an act of parliament backed by the constitution. It is legislation, not a subsidiary or a by-law. Section 6 clarifies that a public office holder, shall not engage or participate in any private business, trade, or profession, except for farming, basically to promote agriculture,” he said.
“It is important to note that the law provides an exemption. The public officer can engage in private business if he is employed on a part-time basis.”
Olagunju however noted that in his years of practice, he is yet to see a public officer get convicted for running a business while occupying a public office.
CLAIM 3: Egypt has a population of about 80 million, and more than two million policemen.
VERDICT: Both claims are false.
There is no substantial evidence to back the claim that Egypt has two million police officers.
According to the 2015 Home Office analysis of the Egyptian armed forces, the Egyptian National Police Force has approximately 350,000 personnel responsible for law enforcement and maintaining public order across the country.
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