The newspaper's review for Tuesday, January 14, leads with a report on The Guardian that a former head of state; Yakubu Gowon, Nobel Laureate; Prof Wole and other Nigerians in the political space warned current Nigerian leaders to avoid acts capable of destroying the country.
The Guardian newspaper reported that the political actors gave the warning at a conference in Lagos where Gowon stated that Nigerians must be total and patriotic and that leaders must ensure the wellbeing of the country in politics, economy and security.
Vanguard newspaper reported that the conference tagged Never Again, was organised by the Nzuko Umunna and Ndigbo Lagos in collaboration with civil society organisations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian Civil War.
This Day newspaper reported that the political actors urged Nigerians to make concerted efforts to avoid another civil war, warning that the nation’s current political situation is dangerously close to what led to the civil war between 1967 and 1970.
Meanwhile, The Nation newspaper reported that the Added Tax (VAT) has risen from 5% to 7.5 % following President Muhammadu Buhari’s signing of the 2020 Finance Bill on Monday, January 13.
President Buhari reportedly said the Act has five strategic objectives, in terms of achieving incremental, but necessary, changes to the fiscal laws.
However, the organised private sector has faulted the rise of the value-added tax to 7.5%.
The Punch newspaper reported that the private sector warned the government against seeing the private sector as a cash cow in its drive to increase revenue.
They warned that that overburdening the private sector with taxes would further impoverish the citizens the government promised to take out of poverty.
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