President Muhammadu Buhari has finally appointed Muhammad M. Nami to replace Tunde Fowler as the new Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Fowler reportedly tried to keep his job by sending a letter to the Presidency highlighting his achievements in the first tenure and hoping to be re appointed, but the President feels otherwise and has replaced Fowler with immediate effect.
In a letter dated December 9, 2019, Fowler wrote to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, reminding him that his tenure was approaching expiration.
Fowler had in the letter said,
“In view of the above, I wish to present myself for re-appointment for a second term. This is consistent with provisions of the FIRS Establishment Act 2007 and would grant me the opportunity to consolidate and build on the achievements we have recorded in the past four years.
“Please find attached the highlight of my achievements during my first tenure in office. I would like to put on record my gratitude to Mr President for the opportunity to serve the nation. I am also thankful for your support in the course of the discharge of my duties.”
Recall that Fowler had issues with the presidency earlier in the year and industry watchers were certain that his reappointment was unlikely. The Chief of Staff to President Muhamadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, had earlier in the year asked Fowler to explain why he could not meet federal government’s target of N9trn. Fowler blamed the situation on recession at the time and the performance of the economy.
The newly appointed chairman, Muhammad M. Nami, is a professional tax consultant who graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Nami is a well-trained tax, accounting and management professional with a robust experience in auditing, tax management and advisory and management services.