The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hamid Ali (retd), has alleged that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have hijacked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.
Ali made the claim at the official opening of the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) national headquarters in Abuja, on Friday.
Two interesting things to note about Ali:
- The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hamid Ali (retd), is one of the closest allies of Pres. Muhammadu Buhari. He was a constant by the president’s side in the many years Buhari attempted and failed to win the presidency. Many touted him to be names Chief of Staff to the president, but he was given the Customs role instead.
- Ali is a busy man. Running the Customs Service is a tough job. If he makes out time to attend the launch of a Support Group office, know that it is a big deal.
That’s why it is being interpreted on social media and some blogs that Ali’s presence at the launch of the campaign office signifies a rallying of the troops for the reelection campaign race ahead.
President Buhari on Friday in Abuja also received members of the National Committee of the Buhari Support Group (NCBSG) led by Senator Abu Ibrahim.
“I am grateful for your sacrifices. Your work requires a lot of sacrifices both physical and material,” Buhari told them.
He said their membership of his support group “is for the nation and not for me as an individual. Therefore, there is no way you can lose because what you are doing is for posterity.”
On their part, the members of the group said they would continue to engage in the production of detailed sector-specific documentaries, programmes, policies and achievements of the administration.
According to a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the group told the President that they had a “massive, diverse, grassroots base, which would strive to mobilise young Nigerians to become drivers of the CHANGE administration’s programmes and achievements.”
Other high profile members of the Support Group who visited Buhari: Senate Majority Leader, Senate Ahmed Lawal, Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice, Senator George Akume, Mr Abiodun Ajiboye, Director General VON, Mr Osita Okechukwu, among others.
Senate majority leader, Ahmed Lawan: “It has been a very good journey so far and also we believe that Mr. President and Nigerians have a future beyond 2019. What he has started, by the grace of God, he should be able to complete, up to 2023.”