The National Leader of the All Progressive Alliance, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is under fire from some Nigerians on Twitter after Muhammadu Buhari appointed a new Chairman for the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Prior to the turn of events, the Chairman of FIRS was Babatunde Fowler, an alleged stooge of Tinubu. According to Garba Shehu, the Official Spokesperson of Buhari, Fowler’s tenure as the FIRS Chairman has expired.
Upon the expiration, Buhari immediately replaced him with Muhammad Nami, a move that drew criticism among some Nigerians.
Fowler’s replacement has been misconstrued with many allegations and insinuations. Some said he was sacked unduly, while others had something or the other to say on the issue.
However, Bashir Ahmad cleared the air stating that:
“It is NOT a constitutional right to renew someone’s appointment after his or her term in office has expired. Mr Fowler’s tenure expired today.”
This statement drew wide criticism from Nigerians who cited that the EFCC’s Boss has been in office longer than his tenure. One user also cited the Chief of the Armed Forces, Buratai and CBN Governor, Emefiele whose tenures have allegedly expired.
Other concerned Nigerians have dragged Tinubu on Twitter alleging that the President is reducing Jagaban’s influence in the Federal Government.
Also on the receiving end of the media onslaught is Vice President Yemi Osibanjo.
Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has mocked former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo over the removal of Babatunde Fowler and Muiz Banire as FIRS and AMCON chiefs.
The two were replaced by Northerners within the space of 24-hours and this has led to mixed reaction on social media.
The former minister expressed that Tinubu and the Vice President have been used as slaves by President Buhari in his agenda to rule Nigeria.
Femi Fani-Kayode tweeted
“Finally Fowler of FIRS is out and, just as I predicted, he has been replaced by a northern Muslim. When will Tinubu and Osinbajo finally accept that they were outflanked, outmanoeuvred, fooled and scammed into betraying their own people by the Fulani cabal? More to come!”
Although President Muhammadu Buhari did not break any constitutional law by appointing Mohammad Nami as the new FIRS Chairman, more Nigerians have attacked Tinubu on the issue.