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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Delegates at National Conference Demand That Churches and Mosques Be Taxed

Via Vanguard......
The delegates in their deliberation on the report of the committee on religion also voted that federal and state governments should stop the sponsorship of Islamic and Christian pilgrimages.

However, a move to scrap Islamic and Christian pilgrims boards sharply split the delegates yesterday leading to an uproar and forcing the conference leadership to move the vote on the issue to today.

The decision to make religious bodies pay taxes came up when a delegate representing Civil Organisations, Mallam Naseer Kura in his contribution to the debate on the report observed that religious leaders were making much money and should be taxed.

Also in his contribution, a delegate representing the Nigeria Guild of Editors, Isaac Ighure frowned at the situation where according to him pastors and heads of churches make too much money with some of them owning private jets. “Some people buy private jets when people in their churches are suffering and living in abject poverty, they should be made to pay taxes,” he submitted.

At the resumed session after break, the issue of payment of tax by the churches, Mosques and other religious bodies came up and delegates unanimously voted for it and it carried that if the recommendations of the Conference sails through at the end of the exercise when presented before the National Assembly for ratification, leaders of religious bodies will now be subjected to paying of tax like other Nigerians, business men, government organisations and enterprises.





A human rights lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, said the delegates should focus on important issues that would foster the unity and development of Nigeria.

Aturu said it was the duty of the National Assembly to promulgate such laws, adding that the non-payment of taxes by religious organisations was not an issue in Nigeria.

“For me, it is a misplacement of their priorities and they are only going to create more controversies which may make their report unacceptable at the end of the day,” he said.

Another lawyer, Mr Wale Ogunade, said the conference should address issues such as unemployment, poverty, corruption and national unity.

Ogunade said: “This is just a diversion because there are more pressing issues. The government has not exhausted the money being generated from oil and other mineral resources.

“The delegates should be concerned with how to make the government accountable to Nigerians on how our resources are being spent.

“By doing this, many Nigerians, including churches and mosques, will voluntarily start paying their taxes”.

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/05/lawyers-kick-payment-taxes-religious-organisations/#sthash.ta8hJ6Iz.dpuf








A human rights lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, said the delegates should focus on important issues that would foster the unity and development of Nigeria.

Aturu said it was the duty of the National Assembly to promulgate such laws, adding that the non-payment of taxes by religious organisations was not an issue in Nigeria.

“For me, it is a misplacement of their priorities and they are only going to create more controversies which may make their report unacceptable at the end of the day,” he said.

Another lawyer, Mr Wale Ogunade, said the conference should address issues such as unemployment, poverty, corruption and national unity.

Ogunade said: “This is just a diversion because there are more pressing issues. The government has not exhausted the money being generated from oil and other mineral resources.

“The delegates should be concerned with how to make the government accountable to Nigerians on how our resources are being spent.

“By doing this, many Nigerians, including churches and mosques, will voluntarily start paying their taxes”.

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/05/lawyers-kick-payment-taxes-religious-organisations/#sthash.ta8hJ6Iz.dpuf





A human rights lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, said the delegates should focus on important issues that would foster the unity and development of Nigeria.

Aturu said it was the duty of the National Assembly to promulgate such laws, adding that the non-payment of taxes by religious organisations was not an issue in Nigeria.

“For me, it is a misplacement of their priorities and they are only going to create more controversies which may make their report unacceptable at the end of the day,” he said.

Another lawyer, Mr Wale Ogunade, said the conference should address issues such as unemployment, poverty, corruption and national unity.

Ogunade said: “This is just a diversion because there are more pressing issues. The government has not exhausted the money being generated from oil and other mineral resources.

“The delegates should be concerned with how to make the government accountable to Nigerians on how our resources are being spent.

“By doing this, many Nigerians, including churches and mosques, will voluntarily start paying their taxes”.

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/05/lawyers-kick-payment-taxes-religious-organisations/#sthash.ta8hJ6Iz.dpuf





A human rights lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, said the delegates should focus on important issues that would foster the unity and development of Nigeria.

Aturu said it was the duty of the National Assembly to promulgate such laws, adding that the non-payment of taxes by religious organisations was not an issue in Nigeria.

“For me, it is a misplacement of their priorities and they are only going to create more controversies which may make their report unacceptable at the end of the day,” he said.

Another lawyer, Mr Wale Ogunade, said the conference should address issues such as unemployment, poverty, corruption and national unity.

Ogunade said: “This is just a diversion because there are more pressing issues. The government has not exhausted the money being generated from oil and other mineral resources.

“The delegates should be concerned with how to make the government accountable to Nigerians on how our resources are being spent.

“By doing this, many Nigerians, including churches and mosques, will voluntarily start paying their taxes”.

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/05/lawyers-kick-payment-taxes-religious-organisations/#sthash.ta8hJ6Iz.dpuf








A human rights lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, said the delegates should focus on important issues that would foster the unity and development of Nigeria.

Aturu said it was the duty of the National Assembly to promulgate such laws, adding that the non-payment of taxes by religious organisations was not an issue in Nigeria.

“For me, it is a misplacement of their priorities and they are only going to create more controversies which may make their report unacceptable at the end of the day,” he said.

Another lawyer, Mr Wale Ogunade, said the conference should address issues such as unemployment, poverty, corruption and national unity.

Ogunade said: “This is just a diversion because there are more pressing issues. The government has not exhausted the money being generated from oil and other mineral resources.

“The delegates should be concerned with how to make the government accountable to Nigerians on how our resources are being spent.

“By doing this, many Nigerians, including churches and mosques, will voluntarily start paying their taxes”.

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/05/lawyers-kick-payment-taxes-religious-organisations/#sthash.ta8hJ6Iz.dpuf





A human rights lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, said the delegates should focus on important issues that would foster the unity and development of Nigeria.

Aturu said it was the duty of the National Assembly to promulgate such laws, adding that the non-payment of taxes by religious organisations was not an issue in Nigeria.

“For me, it is a misplacement of their priorities and they are only going to create more controversies which may make their report unacceptable at the end of the day,” he said.

Another lawyer, Mr Wale Ogunade, said the conference should address issues such as unemployment, poverty, corruption and national unity.

Ogunade said: “This is just a diversion because there are more pressing issues. The government has not exhausted the money being generated from oil and other mineral resources.

“The delegates should be concerned with how to make the government accountable to Nigerians on how our resources are being spent.

“By doing this, many Nigerians, including churches and mosques, will voluntarily start paying their taxes”. - See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/05/lawyers-kick-payment-taxes-religious-organisations/#sthash.ta8hJ6Iz.dpuf


A human rights lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, said the delegates should focus on important issues that would foster the unity and development of Nigeria.

Aturu said it was the duty of the National Assembly to promulgate such laws, adding that the non-payment of taxes by religious organisations was not an issue in Nigeria.

“For me, it is a misplacement of their priorities and they are only going to create more controversies which may make their report unacceptable at the end of the day,” he said.

Another lawyer, Mr Wale Ogunade, said the conference should address issues such as unemployment, poverty, corruption and national unity.

Ogunade said: “This is just a diversion because there are more pressing issues. The government has not exhausted the money being generated from oil and other mineral resources.

“The delegates should be concerned with how to make the government accountable to Nigerians on how our resources are being spent.

“By doing this, many Nigerians, including churches and mosques, will voluntarily start paying their taxes”.

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/05/lawyers-kick-payment-taxes-religious-organisations/#sthash.ta8hJ6Iz.dpuf

The delegates in their deliberation on the report of the committee on religion also voted that federal and state governments should stop the sponsorship of Islamic and Christian pilgrimages.
However, a move to scrap Islamic and Christian pilgrims boards sharply split the delegates yesterday leading to an uproar and forcing the conference leadership to move the vote on the issue to today.
The decision to make religious bodies pay taxes came up when a delegate representing Civil Organisations, Mallam Naseer Kura in his contribution to the debate on the report observed that religious leaders were making much money and should be taxed.
Also in his contribution, a delegate representing the Nigeria Guild of Editors, Isaac Ighure frowned at the situation where according to him pastors and heads of churches make too much money with some of them owning private jets. “Some people buy private jets when people in their churches are suffering and living in abject poverty, they should be made to pay taxes,” he submitted.
At the resumed session after break, the issue of payment of tax by the churches, Mosques and other religious bodies came up and delegates unanimously voted for it and it carried that if the recommendations of the Conference sails through at the end of the exercise when presented before the National Assembly for ratification, leaders of religious bodies will now be subjected to paying of tax like other Nigerians, business men, government organisations and enterprises.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/05/delegates-vote-tax-churches-mosques/#sthash.6tzF0kdi.dpuf

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