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Wearing Customs Uniform Will Belittle Hameed Ali – David Jemibewon

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By Ganiyat Ganiyu

David Jemibewon, a retired major general and former governor of defunct Western state, has disclosed that uniform will belittle comptroller-general of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd,).

Recall that the Nigerian Senate had summoned Ali to appear before lawmakers in his uniforms.

Jemibewon however, described Hameed Ali, a retired colonel, as a fine military man who should not belittle himself with customs unifo>

The retired general, who once served as the minister of police affairs, said he would have resigned if anyone had compelled him to wear police uniform as a minister.

He said: “It would be belittling the position of the uniform of a member of the Armed forces.

“There was no way anybody could have compelled me to wear uniform. I would have resigned,” Mr. Jemibewon said. “Even if the law said so I would have resigned.”

However, Jemibewon’s position on the issue is in contrast to what occurred when a former customs chief was appointed outside the service in similar manner as Ali wore uniform.

Bello Haliru had said the moment he was appointed, he became a career customs officer.

“I knew I must comply with all rules and regulations of the organisation I am leading and that included wearing a uniform,” Bello said.

Jemibewon also admitted that he doesn’t know what Customs rules and regulations stipulate, but repeated that an Army officer should be above a Customs’ uniform.

“The highest patriotic body in any country in the world is the Army…You don’t expect someone who has risen to that position in the Army to wear customs uniform.”

“Here is a man who has excelled in his military career and you’re asking that one to wear Customs uniform? I don’t see how that will ensure competence and efficiency,” he said.

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