The Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali has said at 70, President Buhari should not have contemplated seeking re-election in 2019.
however, said that it was President Buhari’s love for the country and
his integrity as well as his monumental achievement that had spurred him
to seek another four year mandate.
The Customs boss, who led the
Buhari Support Organization in a courtesy visit to the President at the
State House, told Buhari that his administration had saved the country.
said, “All we want to say on behalf of Nigerians that we are solidly
behind you in this second term bid. People may ask why are you so
passionate about change? Why were you so committed in 2014 and why are
you so committed in 2018.
“This is because you are a man of
integrity, of honesty and above all Mr. President you love this great
nation. I have said it and I will repeat it here Mr. President with all
due respect, at 70 plus, with a good retirement benefits and with your
house in Daura, if I were you I will see no reason to be in this arena.
why are you here? It is because you love this great country. You left
your comfort to serve Nigeria and that is why for those of us who love
you for who you are said we must follow you and ensure that your second
term in this country becomes a reality.
“Today is 2018. Way back
in 2014 for those who did not know when you talked about your integrity,
your achievements as a governor, as a minister, those that have gone
are the ones who will understand what we are talking.
us who have experienced those past years know exactly what it was. But
today, 2018, those of us here know that your being president has changed
“Three years into your tenure, the tremendous
achievements that have been made, we have laid the foundation; we have
started building roads but Mr. President we must complete the building.
do we need to do? We must as your loyalists and people who believe in
this country tell you that we are with you shoulder to shoulder and
ensure that you are elected. And then the building will be completed so
that never again will there be cause to destroy Nigeria.
you have been my mentor in service and out of service and I have been
fortunate enough to have worked very closely with you. And so when I say
some of these things I am saying it for the bottom of my heart because I
know you, I know your commitment and your respect to this great nation.
President it is always politics, and when politicians speak they speak
with two sides of their mouth. We have seen people that have fortune
suddenly. Four years back, some of us from the north east were not
praying in the mosque, some of us from the north east had moved from our
places of abode to settle somewhere else.
“And Mr. President,
here in the city, the seat of government, there were booms going off
every day. Today, we can sleep with eyes closed, today I drive at
midnight, today we can breathe the air and most importantly, those of us
who are Muslims can pray in the Mosque during Ramadan.
would never had happened. I remember as far as Kaduna is from north
east, we could hardly sleep at night because of security, today we have
that security. What else are we looking for?
“Mr. President, on
the economy, today our economy has grown all because of the discipline
you have instilled in the financial sector. All those non-challenges
attitudes, all those days of siphoning money are no longer feasible.
tell you Mr. President and I use myself as an example, way back I used
to get some funds and I used to use it and buy rice and give to some
people. Mr. President today, I have to ration the rice that is fiscal
“Now, I know how to cut my coat according to my size and that is all because of you Mr. President. What else can we ask for?
President, those of us that you gave trust and ask us to go out and
work, today, we are working, we are deriving, not because of anything
especially in areas like ours, where we step on big men’s toes, we do
that because we know nobody will come and ask you to talk us and ask us
to stop what we are doing.
“Mr. President, one area that I know
touches your heart is that today we are about reaching our rice
requirement in Nigeria, today we are seeing physically where people are
rejecting foreign rice for local rice, today Mr. President if you go to
some of our houses, what you will see is local rice and that is wealth
for our people.
“Last year, during the Hajj period when I went
home, many farmers came to me that they have never had it so good, so
much so that the first 25 people that paid up their money when Hajj
fares were announced, were rice farmers.
“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, manner doesn’t fall
So when people say we are hungry, there was never a
times in Nigeria that food is dropped in the mouth of the people and
they can never be.
“I can go on and on and enumerate what you
have done in just three years of your administration but three is not
enough to undo what was done in 16 years.
“The destruction, the
monumental stealing that we have witnessed, the destruction of our
structures and our system, it takes more than eight years to be able to
address them and I believe in three years you have done wonderfully