By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Assembly to come to the rescue of the country by holding a public inquest into the handling of taxes collected by the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS in the last four years.
The leading opposition party further tasked the nation’s apex legislative chambers to take urgent steps to recover the stolen funds and channel such to projects that have direct bearing on the welfare of Nigerians.The PDP made call in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.The party declared that the revelation of variances in the taxes collected by the FIRS pointed to the siphoning of trillions of naira, taxpayers’ money collected by Services The PDP stressed further the revelation confirms its (PDP) stance that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Buhari Presidency is neck-deep in corruption and looting of our common patrimony.According to the statement by the PDP, “This discovery of variances in the remission of taxes vindicates our concerns about underhand dealings and frittering of monies collected as taxes in the
last four years.”The party notes that Nigerians are not deceived by the desperation by agents of the Buhari Presidency to cover its complicity by seeking a fall guy in the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Babatunde Fowler.
“The PDP says that a critical study of the leaked correspondence from the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, to the FIRS Chairman at the wake of the revelations of financial discrepancies at FIRS, totally betrays the complicity of the cabal in the Buhari Presidency.
“The correspondence also further confirms that our nation and her economy have been in the strangulating grips of a corrupt cabal, who has evidently hijacked the statutory roles and responsibilities of agencies of government, leading to the crippling of our system in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s misrule.
“The PDP describes as appalling that the Buhari Presidency has allowed its cabal a field day to loot our common patrimony, leading to the crushing economic hardship in the land, which is now worsening, with the anti-people ban on FOREX for food by the Buhari administration.
“The stealing of our taxes by APC agents has brought so much anguish to Nigerians, who suffer the brunt of collapsed infrastructure, decay of social amenities and a crippled national economy under President Buhari.
“The PDP therefore urges the National Assembly to come to the rescue by holding a public inquest into the handling of taxes collected by the FIRS in the last four years, take urgent steps to recover the stolen funds and channel such to projects that have direct bearing on the welfare of Nigerians”, it said.