A group, known as Movement for Good Governance, MGG has condemned the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali over his refusal to wear the Service uniform to appear before the Nigerian Senate.
The group in a statement signed by its Chairman, Comrade Ajibade Oyayeye decried the attitude of the Custom CG, saying his attitude is capable of holding the entire nation ransom of progress and developments.
Comrade Ajibade said Hameed Ali is just a retired colonel in the army, hence, there are so many colonels in the Nigerian army both retired and still serving but there is only one controller general of customs at a time. Therefore if Ali has accepted to take up the assignment he should endeavor to put on the custom uniform if truly he is not bigger than the entire nation.
The Senate had a few weeks ago summoned the Custom CG to appear before it over the planned tariff on the old vehicle. The move which has since been suspended following public outcry.
The Custom CG had obliged to appear before the Senate, but blatantly objected to wearing the Customs Service uniform. Truth to his stance, Ali appeared before the Senate last two week but in mufti, he was sent back by angry Senators who wanted him in his uniform by all means.
He was billed to appear last week but he refused to honour the invitation, citing lawsuit in the said saga.
Also condemned by the group is the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir David Lawal who was summoned by the Senate over the scandalous contract of grass cutting involving millions of naira.
Babachir has also refused to appear before the Senate. Though he has later recanted and has promised to appear in the next appointed date.
The CGG Chairman, Comrade Ajibade said in his statement that no individual is bigger than the Nigerian Senate, representing the whole nation. he, however, want the duo of Ali and Babachir be sanctioned should they refuse to honour the Senate.
The group equally want the Chairman of the Economic and Finacial Crime Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu to be confirmed as substantive chairman of the commission.
He condemned the Senate desperate move to frustrate the embattled EFCC chairman. He Said Magu has done a lot in fighting against corruption. He praised Magu over his many feats, especially his loot recovery efforts since assuming the antigraft Chairmanship position.