👤 By Danjuma Aliyu
Hameed Ali, the comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS has said anyone complaining of hunger in the country must be lazy.
Speaking at an event where he lead group members of the Buhari Support Organisation, BSO, on a solidarity visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, he said: “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.
“Our economy has grown all because of the discipline you have instilled in the financial sector. All those nonchalant attitudes, all those days of siphoning money are no longer feasible.”
Mr Ali adds: “Mr President, 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?
“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 well.
“So, when people say we are hungry, there was never a time in Nigeria that food is dropped in the mouth of the people and there will never be.”
But a twitter user, @IsiakaSteven hit back saying: “Hameed Ali, the CG of Customs, is leading Buhari’s reelection team??? And he had the gut to talk nonsense, even when he is doing something outrightly wrong.
“Does the constitution allows the head of any government agency, as customs to be involved (in) election matters?”
Mr Ali, who describes himself as a member of the BSO is not the only official to accuse Nigerians of being lazy.
While speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster in April this year, President Buhari described Nigerian youths as people “who sit and do nothing.“
He said: “More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free.”
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