If you come from my country, you know there is always drama to connect with. The past few weeks have seen a lot of that display such that one would wonder how long we will continue to work like this, but who is anyone to complain drama is part of the job.
The first one happened a few weeks ago when the Chairman of NDDC Pondei fainted during NDDC probe and claims came out later about lots of embezzlement in the system, then scholarship beneficiaries getting wind of the happenings back home and started a protest in London.
The newest one is of Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Both outfits have been washing their linens (dirty one) in public since the issue of who collects stamp duties came to the fore.
Sometime in May, there was an ugly fight between Abike Dabiri, the Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami. A very ugly fight it was and described as petty because it was a fight between man and a woman.
In the case of NIPOST vs FIRS, it was another war between opposite genders as the Maimuna Abubakar-led NIPOST argued that it is the original institution charged with giving out stamp duties until FIRS decided to start printing stamp duties also. But the FIRS, led by Muhammad Nami, argued in the opposite direction.
However, in what could be described as a punch below the belt, Abubakar dragged a whole FIRS on twitter, launching #justicefornipost. This singular act turned to a free-for-all on the street of Twitter.
This development is coming after President Muhammadu Bubu Buhari issued a warning that public office holders should not wash their dirty undies in public anymore following the Dabiri-Nami war.
In a medium-sized Twitter thread, Abubakar called on Nigerians to come to NIPOST’s aid, saying that the FIRS is about to steal their mandate.
I am worried for NIPOST, having sleepless night because of NIPOST, we need the general public to come to our aid, FIRS stole our mandate..#justicefornipost
— Maimuna Abubakar (@ref_ng) August 2, 2020
In a rather savage comeback, the FIRS came charging, saying:
We wish to state categorically that, as an agency which operates within the armbit of the law, the FIRS is determined to not only ensure that all monies collected by NIPOST into its illegally operated Stamp Duties Account are fully remitted into the Federation Account but also make sure that any kobo not accounted for in that account is legally recovered in line with the charge of President Muhammadu Buhari to the recently inaugurated Inter-ministerial committee on the recovery of stamp duties from 2016 till date.
Her indecorous tweet would not have deserved any response but for the sensitive nature of the issue at stake, which if not sensibly treated and promptly corrected would likely mislead the public.
It is therefore shocking to us at the FIRS that such a privileged young lady who happened to be appointed to high office would throw all caution to the air to cast aspersions on reputable public institutions like the National Assembly and the FIRS, which she accused of stealing NIPOST idea.
This, to say the least, is a preposterous claim and great disservice to the government and people of Nigeria.”
The public is hereby reminded that we at the FIRS are resolute in our resolve to safeguard national interests and not any personal ego or interest as NIPOST officials appear to carry on lately.
We therefore call on right-thinking Nigerians to disregard that ill-advised tweet by Maimuna Abubakar and allied misinformation being disseminated by NIPOST in relation to Stamp Duties collection, which by law is the responsibility of the FIRS.
THAT VEXED NIPOST TWEET BY MRS. MAIMUNA ABUBAKAR
We appreciate the general public for demonstrating deep knowledge of the difference between Stamp Duty and Postage Stamp. It is unfortunate that Mrs. Maimuna Abubakar, Chairperson of the NIPOST Board is yet to understand this.
— FIRS Nigeria (@firsNigeria) August 4, 2020
With the foregoing, it is clear that, in this country, when money is involved, Nollywood has nothing on our public office holders. And as someone rightly puts it…
Last month, NIPOST was the oppressor and Nigerian logistics/courier Businesses were the victims of the oppression.
This month, FIRS is the oppressor and NIPOST is the victim. NIPOST the former oppressor is now asking for justice.
What is the next episode in this comedy series?
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) August 3, 2020
Well, everyday paves the way for a new comedy series in Nigeria and it leaves the good people of this country asking what the next palava would be.
Be guided Nigerians, 2023 is close.