President Buhari should sack Hameed Ali now – NBA chief

The Senate on
Thursday, March 16 walked out the comptroller-general of customs, Hameed Ali,
for declining its order to appear in uniform.

The NBA VP maintains
that Ali’s action amounts to disrespect, though some Nigerians say his rejection
to put on the uniform does not matter.
President Buhari should sack Hameed Ali now - NBA chief
Hameed Ali was walked out of the Senate

Monday Ubani, who is the vice-president of the Nigerian Bar
Association, has asked the comptroller-general (CGC) of the Nigerian Customs
Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) to immediately reassess his appointment for flouting
the Legislature’s order.
The VP of the NBA who produces ‘Know Your Right’, an
enlightenment programme for Nigerians, said Ali must demonstration discipline
and respect for the Senate even though no law forces him to wear the uniform.
Ali was walked out from the Senate on Thursday, March 16,
2017 for failing to obeying the invitation of the lawmakers wearing the uniform
of the service.
According to The Punch, Ubani is of the view that presidency
should review Ali’s appointment if he refuses to wear the uniform of the agency
he heads.

“There are people who have retired in the
military and later appointed to head sister agencies, and they still wore that
agency’s uniform.

“Someone like that was
retired General Hananiyyah, who was appointed as the FRSC boss and he still
wore the FRSC uniform.

“The Senate is being
insulted by Ali’s supposed indiscipline. This is democracy and the Senate, as
the institution representing the people, deserves some level of obedience. The
way forward is for Ali to behave himself and respect himself.

“Ali is saying he
wants to get legal advice, but why didn’t he seek the advice when taking up the
appointment? Why is it now that he knows that he, as a head of a uniformed
agency, has to appear before the Senate in uniform that he is seeking legal

“There is no known law
that Ali has flouted, but wearing uniform simply shows discipline,
identification and respect for the agency one is heading.

“If Ali has been
appointed to head an agency that wears uniform, and he says it is not his
tradition to wear such, decency and discipline demand him to simply reject the
appointment, rather than become the subject of controversy.

“If he insists on his
refusal, what precedent is he setting for customs officials? To me, it is more
than the issue of law, it is about national ethos and discipline.

“The way forward is
for the president, who appointed him, to take the decision. He is an appointee
of the president, and the president should decide what is best for him since he
is not comfortable to wear the customs uniform.”

“We were not consulted
when he was appointed. Those who have the power to hire reserve the power to

“I have never heard
that the head of the customs wears anything apart from the service uniform. It
will look mischievous if the head of the customs wears caftan to review a

“If someone knows he
cannot conform to tradition of an institution, then he should leave. It is like
a lawyer, who says he doesn’t want to wear wig and gown to the high court. Is
that possible? You don’t expect a lawyer to go to court with babaringa.

“I think there is a
law in customs Act that stipulates that uniform should be worn. Why would
someone say because ‘I am a Colonel, I don’t want to wear uniform (of
Ubani said.
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