The resignation of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Custom Service, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi with three reasons is believed by many to be an act to escape probe and move on before the probing officers of the law move in.
The need to give younger officers a chance, software computer savvy officers to take charge and that he has done well for the customs in the last six years are his reasons.
But, Nigerians of hews and cry are urging PMB not to exclude Dikko and customs from all the ongoing all-sweeping probe of revenue-earning agencies.
Customs is said to be more corrupt than Police. The extortion and sharp practices at the boarders are said to be pilling to high heavens with. those who sent vehicles to Nigeria for clearing have stories to tell; among others.
Dikko’s resignation takes effect today Tuesday August 18th. He had earlier written a letter dated August 3 to the President in which he notified Buhari of his desire to proceed on voluntary retirement from Tuesday.
Buhari’s approval of Abdullahi’s request was dated August 14 and personally signed by the President. He thanked the NCS boss for his services to the country in the last six years.
The President’s letter was titled, “Voluntary retirement from the Nigeria Customs Service.”
The approval read, “Dear, Alhaji D.I. Abdullahi. I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter Ref. No. NCS/ADM/HQ/P. 35802 of 3rd August, 2015 conveying your decision to voluntarily retire from the Nigeria Customs Service with effect from Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
“I note with appreciation your services to this nation, especially as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service in the last six years.
“Accordingly, I hereby approve your voluntary retirement from the Nigeria Customs Service with effect from 18th of August, 2015.
“I wish you the very best in your future endeavours. “Yours sincerely, Muhammadu Buhari.”
Abdullahi had in his letter to the President thanked him for the confidence and trust reposed on him since he (Buhari) was inaugurated on May 29.
He said by August 18, he would be six years in office as the Comptroller-General of the NCS. He recalled that on assumption of office, he articulated a six-point agenda which he vigorously pursued.
He said the agenda had positively impacted on the efficiency and performance of officers of the service and had drastically changed the negative perception of the service.
He listed the six-point agenda to include capacity building, introduction of e-Customs, enhancing productivity through improved welfare package, moral rebirth for discipline and integrity in service, collaboration and partnering stakeholders and international organisations, as well as fostering understanding of the Service in the eye of the general public using an intensified and a well-coordinated public relations platform.
He added that the decision to resign “is taken with a view to allowing young people to take over the mantle of leadership of the service in order to sustain and improve on my legacy.”
The President has yet to name Abdullahi’s successor at the time of filing this report.
Speaking with State House correspondents shortly after paying a farewell visit to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, Abdullahi said he had nothing to fear about the ongoing investigation of revenue-earning agencies being conducted by the Federal Government.
Abdullahi said revenue appreciated under his watch by 20 per cent. He said, “The only way the NCS can move forward is by sacrifice; to give chance to others so that they can continue with the legacy that we have up in place.
“Revenue appreciated by 20 per cent from when I took over and the officers that did the work are still around and I think that the NCS, I stand to be corrected, is the only service that is fully automated in the system of operation.
“We have no fear. The time I’m leaving is the time I feel those young ones that have developed the software can manage the software.