North Can Survive Without Billions Generated From Southern States - Hakeem Baba-Ahmed Says

Date: 22-09-2021 6:38 am (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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The Northern Elders Forum has said that the northern region of Nigeria is rich and can survive on its resources without relying on money generated via VAT in Southern states.
NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, made this known on Tuesday, September 21, during an interview on Arise TV’s show.
He made the statement in reaction to the VAT bill passed by some Southern states - including Lagos and Rivers state - insisting that tax generated in the state be paid to the state and not to the Federal Government.
The Court of Appeal in a ruling on September 10 stopped the collection of VAT by Lagos and Rivers State pending the determination of an appeal filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service against the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.
Weighing in on the VAT conversation, Baba-Ahmed said: "I will advise that we wait to hear what the court says. However, even the fact that it has become an issue suggests that we really do need to address the fundamentals and the manner in which the federation works.
"We have always supported restructuring. We have always asked that a major and genuine shift initiative either by groups or the National Assembly so that matters like this be addressed properly.
"If we don’t do that now, then we should get a leader that would do that in 2023. This administration appears not to understand the importance of restructuring; we do in the north, we recognise the fact that we need to change the manner in which we generate wealth and allocate.
"The thing about is: the north wants restructuring; the north wants fiscal federalism. We are a rich region and we can live on what we have, even if we don’t have the billions that accrue to others states. Our poverty is not a kind of problem that we would break this country over."



Posted: at 22-09-2021 06:38 AM (1 month ago) | Hero
- Jiiitk4 at 22-09-2021 08:02 AM (1 month ago)
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Ok. Let's break up.
Posted: at 22-09-2021 08:02 AM (1 month ago) | Upcoming
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- marijuanaa at 22-09-2021 08:40 AM (1 month ago)
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Remove the northern part frm Nigeria nd u have automatically solve 70% of the country problem
Posted: at 22-09-2021 08:40 AM (1 month ago) | Upcoming
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- constigoldo at 22-09-2021 10:27 AM (1 month ago)
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That is exactly what I expect from you.  Very good, you guys can stay on your own.
Posted: at 22-09-2021 10:27 AM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Panaki at 22-09-2021 10:52 AM (1 month ago)
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Why are people worried about the balderdash coming out of this man's mouth?

He looks like Sokoto Red Goat suffering from Diarrhoea.
Posted: at 22-09-2021 10:52 AM (1 month ago) | Upcoming
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- olowoinlionsden at 22-09-2021 01:15 PM (1 month ago)
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It is scarecrows like this Elder and Hell Rufai, that are pillars behind Buhari, that makes Sai Baba lives in illusion  that all is well in Nigeria..
Posted: at 22-09-2021 01:15 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- DMG17 at 22-09-2021 01:54 PM (1 month ago)
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PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE THE REASON WHY INNOCENT NIGERIANS ARE IN THIS HORRIBLE SITUATION. WICKED AND UNGODLY MAN. YOU ARE NOT A NIGERIAN YOU ARE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT FROM NORTH AFRICA WHO FOUND HIMSELF WHERE HE IS NOT MEANT TO BE. SICK OPPORTUNIST. YOUR COWS AND CATTLE EVEN LOOK BETTER THAN YOU.
Posted: at 22-09-2021 01:54 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Wazubia at 22-09-2021 05:16 PM (1 month ago)
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CATTLE SPOTTED... Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes.
Posted: at 22-09-2021 05:16 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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