The CEO of Dream Project for Africa, Mr. Nelson Oluwabukola Michael has promised that his organization, Dream Project for Africa will sue the Director of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Dr. Tunde Fowler, President Mohammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria in a court of law for violation of the Fundamental Human Rights of Nigerians on free movement if the FIRS dares to go ahead with its plans to deny issuance of international passport for Nigerians who are unable to show evidence of tax payment.
Nelson quotes Chapter IV, Section 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which expressly states that: “Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit therefrom.” The only permitted exceptions are for criminals who are trying to flee the country of for those who need to be tried outside Nigeria or undergo imprisonment outside Nigeria.
Restricting movement of Nigerian citizens is an overreach by the FIRS boss, and such action is criminal in intent and reckless in context. The President, Mohammadu Buhari and the Federal Government are also culpable in this detestable act against Nigerians, said Nelson.
Dream Project hereby calls on the Nigerian Senate, Nigerians in Diaspora and members of the justice system to take a stand against this infringement until it is abandoned. We also call on Transparency International to wade into this issue, concluded Nelson.
Our stand is in response to an article published in the November 28, 2016 edition of Premium Times reading as follows:
“The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, on Monday said soon, Nigerians might begin to show evidence of tax payment before obtaining their passports.
Tunde Fowler said this at the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board which had the theme: “Increased Inter-Agency Co-operation to Enhance Tax Compliance and Optimise Revenue Collection” in Abuja.” Full content of the article can be found at here.