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2023: Ohanaeze Youth Beg North For Alliance …Reveal Those To Succeed Buhari

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Youth of apex Igbo social-cultural organis-ation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide last Saturday said it has taken the lead to build bridges across six geo-political zones to ensure the emergence of Igbo President come 2023.
Ohanaeze youth said an alliance of the Eastern Region with the North will produce one of the present Southeast Governors and one present Northern Governor as a running mate, or a former Vice President or former Governor or Senator, depending on the choice of the North.
The youth organisation, in a statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, its President General and made available to newsmen on Saturday, also said that it was working towards ensuring a past Governor from the South East emerges as Nigeria’s first citizen.
Outlining its plans for the next presidential election, Ohanaeze youth noted that Igbos are marginalised in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement added, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has taken the lead in building bridges across the six geo-political zones, through aggressive persuasion on some aggrieved northern groups and leaders, who felt marginalised in the President Buhari regime or schemed out of relevance and importantly have viewed Southwest alliance with the North as a farce.
“We have concluded arrangement to play hosts first class traditional rulers, opinion leaders, prominent northern groups and Arewa youth leaders to re-align and build confidence ahead of 2023 Presidential election without any political affiliations or party.
“North has been the traditional partner in progress since 1960s with the old Eastern Region, until there was suspicion brewing between the years created by artificial barriers which this move and series of consultations will automatically restore.

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Buhari’s COS Queries FIRS Chairman Over Worsening Tax Collection

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Indications emerged yesterday that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Abba Kyari, has queried the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr, Babatunde Fowler, over alleged discrepancies in tax collections from 2015 to 2018.
A letter dated August 8, 2019, and addressed to the FIRS chairman, which was signed by Kyari, asked Fowler to explain reasons for ‘significant’ variances in budgeted collections and actual collections of tax in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In the concerned years, the actual amount collected as tax fell below the budgeted target.
In 2015, actual collection was N3.7tn, while the budgeted target was N4.5tn.
A similar shortfall occurred in 2016, when actual collection was N3.307tn, less than the N4.95tn budgeted target.
Also, in 2017, the FIRS collected a total of N4.027tn, less than the set target of N4.89tn.

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Presidency Makes U-Turn On Food Imports

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The Presidency, yesterday, said that the Federal Government has neither banned nor restricted importation of food items in the country.
The Presidency also explained that the recent directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to stop providing foreign exchange for importation of food items did not mean a restriction on the importation of food items.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja, further stated that any importers of food items that wished to source their FOREX from non-government financial institutions (and pay customs duty on those imports – increasing tax-take) were free to do so.
The Presidential spokesman was replying to a report in ‘FINANCIAL Times’, which was a letter to the Editor with the titled, “Muhammadu Buhari sparks dismay over policy shift on food imports”, published on 15th August, 2019.
Shehu wrote, “Your article “Muhammadu Buhari sparks dismay over policy shift on food imports” (15 August) suggests the Nigerian Government is restricting the import of agricultural products into the country.
“This is simply incorrect. To be absolutely clear, there is no ban – or restriction – on the importation of food items whatsoever. “
Buhari has consistently worked towards strengthening Nigeria’s own industrial and agricultural base.
A recent decision sees the Central Bank maintain its reserves to put to use helping growth of the domestic industry in 41 product sectors rather than provide FOREX for the import of those products from overseas.

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El-Zakzaky: Shiites Raise Fresh Allegations Against Buhari

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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has described a recent statement credited to the Federal Government that its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky had wanted to seek asylum in India before his repatriation, as part of a campaign of calumny by the government to cover its own gross misconduct in a foreign land.
The IMN made the claim in a press statement issued to newsmen, yesterday by its President, Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa.
The Shi’a group accused the Federal Government of mischievously going beyond its role of supervision to the level of maliciously interfering in the medical process, instructing on which doctors the Sheikh and his wife must see, while refusing to allow them access to their own doctors.
This, it claimed, confirms the allegation that the government had wanted to kill the Sheikh in the name of medical treatment.
“Before efforts at resolving this impasse could be concluded, the Sheikh was brought back to Nigeria, since their evil schemes could not be executed. The government is now churning out contradictory explanations to blame the Sheikh for not allowing himself to be killed in the name of medical treatment. The Nigerian government is also blackmailing the Sheikh that he sought for asylum in India just to cover their own gross misconduct in a foreign land,” said the press statement.

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