Buhari sacks Fowler at FIRS, appoints new chairman

Babatunde Fowler, FIRS appointment not renewed by Buhari

Babatunde Fowler, FIRS appointment not renewed by Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has declined to renew the appointment of Babatunde Fowler as the chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS). Instead, he named a new person, Muhammad M. Nami, as Fowler’s successor.

Fowler’s tenure expired today 9 December, but a statement by the Presidency said he is expected to hand over to the most senior director on the board, who will take charge, pending the Senate confirmation of the new board.

Muhammad M. Nami’s nomination was conveyed in a letter Buhari sent to the Senate, on the composition of a new board for the revenue agency.

Muhammad N.Nami

The board is composed of a member representing each of the six geographical zones and statutory representatives from a select number of ministries and government agencies.

Mr Muhammad Nami, according to the statement by Aso Rock, is “a well-trained Tax, Accounting and Management professional with highly rated qualifications and professional practice and licenses from relevant professional bodies”.

He has almost three decades of practical working experience in Auditing, Tax Management and Advisory and Management services to clients in the banking, manufacturing, services and public sectors as well as non- profit organisations.

Nami attended Bayero University Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (1991) and a Masters of Business degree (2004) respectively. He is a fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Institute of Debt Recovery Practitioners of Nigeria and Associate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.

He started his career with PFK in 1993 and rose to the position of a Senior Consultant in charge of Tax management and advisory services. He is currently the managing consultant of Manam Professional Services (Chartered Tax Practitioners and Business Advisers) based in Kaduna, Abuja, Niger State.

Mr Muhammad has served and is still serving, on many companies’ Board and Statutory Board Audit Committees. He was appointed as a member, Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Stolen Assets in November 2017 by President Buhari.

He is married and has children.

The non-reappointment of Fowler had been in the public sphere for several months, following a query from the President’s Chief of Staff, asking him to explain, why there were discrepancies in tax estimates and what was actually collected.

View Comments (8)

  • Wonder shall never end. Fowler transformed FIRS and his appointment should be extended. This is my humble opinion,

  • So sad. This man has no antecedents, no pedigree. Buhari took him from the street of Kaduna to come and run a tax authority. Clear Nepotism at its highest. What a shame!.

  • By the time Buhari is done with this brazen ethnic cleansing disguising as corrective, he would have taught the South west and Christians how not to trust………………… This experiment of alliance which morphed into APC has failed woefully for all to see. Tinubu, we are very grateful for foisting this mainstream politics of unequal arrangement with attendant subjugation. We’ve never had it so bad. God will surely turn this captivity.

  • By the time Buhari is done with brazen ethnic cleansing disguising as corrective, he would have taught the South west and Christians how not to trust..................... This experiment of alliance which morphed into APC has failed woefully for all to see. Tinubu, we are very grateful for foisting this mainstream of unequal arrangement with attendant subjugation. We've never had it so bad.

  • Tired of Nigerian mentality of associating someone ups and downs with anyone who is not in their political favor.
    The only set of GOOD people is their immediate family.
    Never look beyond their local environment.When are you going to look beyond your village.Pray that you have a breakthroughs in your life and be reference by your generations.
    These people will positively be remembered as they've made their marks on the earth.
    50 years of BUHARI exit he will continue to be remembered.
    Lagos state history will not be written without the name Tinubu.
    In civil service we will continue to remember Fowler.
    Pray and work hard for yourself and the coming generations to be an achiever and impact this life to be remembered.
    Not social media criticism expert and die with hatred in your genes.My humble advice.

    • Oga Ade, Tinubu did not influence his appointment in the first instance. Get your facts right and get over this Tinubu must fall syndrome