Only lazy Nigerians are hungry under Buhari – Customs boss

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File Photo: Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd)

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, on Tuesday, said only lazy Nigerians would claim to be hungry under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ali said this while enumerating what he called the achievements of the present administration in agriculture when he led members of the Buhari Support Organisation to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, manna does not fall from heaven, hence the lazy must be hungry.

He said, “What more can we say in terms of growth of wealth? People say we are hungry. Of course, the lazy must be hungry because if you do not work hard, manna doesn’t fall from heaven.

“So, when people say we are hungry, there was never a time in Nigeria that food was dropped in the mouth of the people and there can never be.”

He told Buhari that Nigerians were behind him in his quest to seek re-election in 2019.

“All we want to say on behalf of Nigerians is that we are solidly behind you in this second term bid,” Ali told Buhari.

The Customs boss attributed Buhari’s decision to lead the country even when he is above 70 years to his love for Nigeria.

He said if he was in Buhari’s shoes, he won’t take up such a responsibility.

He said, “I have said it and I will repeat it here, Mr. President, with all due respect, at 70 plus, with good retirement benefits and with your house in Daura, if I were you, I will see no reason to be in this arena.

“But why are you here? It is because you love this great country. You left your comfort to serve Nigeria and that is why those of us who love you for who you are must follow you and ensure that your second term in this country becomes a reality.”

Ali said Buhari’s administration had changed Nigeria, claiming that the country had grown because of the discipline the President had instilled in the financial sector.

He said the nonchalant attitudes of siphoning money were no longer in existence.

The Customs boss said he had been stepping on toes while carrying out his duties because of the confidence he had that nobody could approach Buhari to stop him from doing his job.

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