Unclear report says Buhari has queried top official Babatunde Fowler over revenue issues as tenure ends (full letter)
- Babatunde Fowler, executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), gets queried by the presidency
- The query, which comes following issues relating to revenue, follows as Fowler ends his tenure as the head of the FIRS
- Fowler is asked to respond to the query as fears rise about a possible non-reappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly slammed Babatunde Fowler, executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), with a query just as his tenure comes to an end.
Legit.ng understands that the query had to do with revenue collection during his period as there are fears he may not get a second term.
Both Premium Times and The Cable reported that the query was contained in a letter dated August 8, 2019, and signed by Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president.
It was learnt that Fowler was given up till August 19, to respond to the query.
Read the query below:
Your attached letter (FIRS/EC/CWP/0249/19/027 dated 26 July 2019) on the above subject matter, refers.
We observed significant variances between the budgeted collections and actual collections for the period 2015 to 2018. Accordingly, you are kindly invited to submit a comprehensive variance analysis explaining the reasons for the variances between budgeted and actual collections for each main tax item for each of the years 2015 to 2018.
Furthermore, we observed that the actual collections for the period 2015 to 2017 were significantly worse than what was collected between 2012 and 2014. Accordingly, you are kindly to explain the reasons for the poor collections.
You are kindly invited to respond by 19 August 2019.
Please accept the assurances of my highest regards.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had revealed why he sacked Walter Onnoghen, retired Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), saying that he dealt with him for having in his possession undeclared foreign and local currencies.
The president reportedly made the disclosure this on Tuesday, June 25, while receiving some Yoruba leaders led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
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