After the list of companies defaulting on tax payment emerged with Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited (OFN) listed, Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has called on ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, owner of the company to pay the debt.
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OFN is one of the 19,000 going concerns the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) published their names on the its website for tax default.
Arising from the publication, BMO, a group not lacking recognition of President Buhari has called on Obasanjo to pay his company’s tax debt.
It said the ex-President was at liberty to write open letter to Buhari in his characteristic manner but it is imperative that his company fulfils its tax obligation.
The group’s statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, reads in part: “It is a big surprise that a company owned by a former President who sees himself as the father of modern Nigeria is on a list of companies that have run afoul of the nation’s tax laws.
“We also consider it a thing of shame for General Obasanjo not to pay taxes as at when due, especially as he is known to pontificate either at public fora or through open letters against societal ills, aside from launching scathing attacks against all sitting Presidents after him.
“We do not see why he should stop writing letters or speaking out against societal ills, but it would be hypocritical for him not to pay his company’s taxes as at when due. So, our message to former President Obasanjo is-Keep writing open letters to Nigerians but do not forget to pay your taxes.”