Published On: Sun, Mar 19th, 2017


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The Senate President,

Office of the Senate President,

National Assembly Complex,

Three Arms Zone,

P.M.B. 141, Garki,




Dear Sir

In my own opinion, the Director General (DG) and the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, should be proud of the job he was given as the Chief Custom Officer of Nigeria by President Mohammadu Buhari. If he accepted to serve as a Director General (DG) and Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs, he should be proud to wear the customs uniform. We know he was retired before accepting the offer, but as a serving Director-General (DG) and Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs, he is still obligated to follow the official formality required of his office. So why the fuss about him wearing his official uniform to the National Assembly to appear before them? The Customs uniform is a symbolic representation of an Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and as such, any person who wants to serve the nation in any capacity within the Armed Forces and the Para-Military, should be proud to wear their uniform at any time and any place. We have to be ‘patriotic’ in every way and in everything we do to move the country forward. He is happy to receive the salary and allowances as a DG of the Nigerian Customs, he should also be happy and proud to wear his uniform. He is happy to drive the official cars as a DG Customs, wearing his uniform before the Senate should not be a problem. Though, the reason for asking him to appear is not yet answered, which is the collection of custom duties on cars imported into the country many years ago, but the Nigerian Senate is right in both ways for acting the way they did towards the DG. The DG of customs should be proud of his role as the Chief Custom Officer of Nigeria. Uniform does not mean anything but the issue is that the uniform is meant to be worn by the customs and he is the Chief Custom Officer. All these unnecessary displays of one’s ego should stop and let him be proud of his job. It is not only to earn salaries and impose illegal custom duties on used cars of years, his character and self-discipline should also speak volumes.

Zik Gbemre, JP.

National Coordinator

Niger Delta Peace Coalition (NDPC)

No.28, Opi Street, Ugboroke Layout, Effurun-Warri,

P.O. Box 2254, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.

Tel:       +2348026428271



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