Buhari Intervenes To Save Customs Boss From Senate Wrath
The Customs boss, Hameed Ali could be getting a reprieve from President Buhari.
He may not have to dress in uniform to appear before the Senate.
Reports suggest the presidency has waded into the crisis to avoid a complete show down at the Senate.
The controversy began after Customs issued an ultimatum to car owners and dealers nationwide to pay duties on their vehicles between March 13 and April 12, 2019, or risk having their cars impounded.
The Senate had therefore summoned Ali to appear before it wearing Customs uniform, but the CG said he would not wear uniform.
According to This Day newspaper, on getting wind of the impasse, President Muhammadu Buhari, who resumed duty on Monday cautioned his appointees against causing any troubles between him and the National Assembly.
The president was said to have directed Ali to honour the Senate’s summons to prevent an escalation of the stand-off between both sides.
Ali had written to the Senate informing it that he would not be able to honour the summons, as he was due to attend a fortnightly meeting of the NCS management.
The letter, read at plenary on Tuesday morning, drew the ire of the senators who stated that by asking a subordinate officer, Assistant CG, to respond to its formal invitation and sign on his behalf, Ali had disrespected the institution.
Senate President Bukola Saraki, who left plenary after presiding over the matter on the Customs boss, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, met with the president on Tuesday afternoon.
A source disclosed that the presidency informed Saraki that Ali would appear before the Senate and pleaded that he be given the opportunity to explain.
The source could not, however, confirm if Ali would appear on Wednesday or not.