Phrank Shaibu, the media aide to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has said President Bola Tinubu appointed Taiwo Oyedele to head the Tax Reforms Committee to silence him from criticising his government.
Recall that the President appointed Oyedele, Fiscal Policy Partner and Africa Tax Leader at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), as the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms.
In a statement on Saturday, Shaibu said President Bola Tinubu appointed Oyedele to stop him from commenting on the failures of his government in the area of tax reforms.
He disclosed that Oyedele recently pointed out some of the wrong tax policies of the APC government, adding that h must not allow himself to be deceived by this appointment.
Shaibu said former President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly did the same when he appointed his critics to his government but never took their counsel for once.
He said: “It is common knowledge that Mr Oyedele is the loudest voice as regards tax reforms.
“Last Saturday, he pointed out some of the wrong tax policies of the APC government. In a bid to silence him, he was appointed chairman of a tax reform committee yesterday (Friday), but no other members were announced. Probably, they want him to work alone.
“Mr Oyedele must not allow himself to be deceived by this appointment. In 2019, President Buhari similarly appointed Doyin Salami, Chukwuma Soludo, and Bismark Rewane into his economic advisory team, but he never took their advice for one day.
“In the end, Nigeria was plunged into one of its worst economic crises ever with an unprecedented debt profile, multidimensional poverty, and never before seen unemployment figures.”