This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Friday, March 10, 2017
CUSTOMS BOSS: SENATE MANIFESTING PULL HIM DOWN SYNDROME (PH.D)
CUSTOMS BOSS: SENATE MANIFESTING PULL HIM DOWN SYNDROME
Nigerian Senate yesterday ordered the Comptroller General of the Nigerian
Customs Service (NCS), Hammed Ali, to appear before it “in uniform” and
threatened to sack him if he does not obey its order on the suspension of
collection of duties on old vehicles.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is deeply worried by this development.
Senate appears to be engaging in parliamentary recklessness and flexing muscles
unnecessarily. It is sheer massaging of parliamentary ego, witch-hunting and
has the wearing of custom uniform by the custom’s boss got to do with the
performance of his duty? What is wrong if the custom’s boss takes salutes in
mufti? Don’t we have officials who receive salutes from the military, the
police, etc in mufti? Has it occurred to Senate that the custom’s boss is a
retired army officer? Why is Senate leaving the substance to chase the shadow?
is important to Nigerians is service delivery. Some Senators appear interested
in humiliating people appointed by the present administration on the basis of
their pedigree. What does the custom’s boss appearance in uniform mean to
There have been reports of great improvement in the performance of
customs at the borders since Hammed Ali took over. Startling discoveries have
been made. Dangerous goods like weapons which should not be allowed into the
country have been seized on many occasions. Is Senate not pleased with these achievements?
Senate’s order to the custom’s boss for the stoppage of the collection of
duties on old vehicles stands logic on its head. Is Senate not interested in
boosting income at the nation’s borders? This order seems strange coming at a
time when government needs every kobo it can generate for effective running of
the country. How many people are bringing new cars into the country? This is a
tall order. It must be rescinded.
order is also suspicious because somebody somewhere may have vested interest in
bringing old vehicles into the country and he wants to bring them in gratis!
The Nigerian Senate should not allow itself to be used for undermining the
nation’s economy. This will be most unpatriotic.
Senate envious of the rising profile of the custom’s boss? Or is it a
manifestation of the well-known pull him down syndrome (Ph.D)? Nigerians should
note where Senate is coming from. There has been no love lost between Senate
and the executive arm of government since the commencement of the war against
corruption particularly since top echelons of the National Assembly were
MURIC advises Senate to desist from frustrating the executive arm and its
operatives. It amounts to arm-twisting. Nobody should test the will of the
Nigerian people. They know what is going on. Senate’s bashing of men of
integrity appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the purpose of
intimidating them and rubbishing the executive arm of government should stop
forthwith. Senate should not join corruption in its avowed fight-back.
we round up, we advise Senate to create harmony between the NASS and the
executive for the smooth running of government, economic progress and political
stability. It is better to address the tangential than to focus on the
peripheral. It will not get us anywhere. Nigerians are interested in
performance and not whether the custom’s boss wears any uniform.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)