The Nigerian government has apologised for a directive published on its verified Twitter account, ordering Nigerians with a bank account to complete a self-certification form.
Nigerians had earlier expressed outrage at the directive, describing the directive on the self-certification form as insensitive and confused
In a post on its Twitter handle with reference to a statement by the Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Muhammed Nami, the federal government noted that the earlier tweets were misleading.
The statement read:
“We apologise for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons,” the Nigeria government tweeted on Friday morning.
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“The message contained in the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) notice does not apply to everybody.”
Nami explained that “the forms are required by the relevant financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019.”
The FIRS boss noted that self-certification form is in 3 categories- form for entity, for controlling person (individuals having a controlling interest in a legal person, trustee, etc) and form for individual holders of bank accounts.
Although the directive has been deleted, the government said the “FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly” as at Friday morning.