A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Sunny Onuesoke has faulted the statement of the Attorney -General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), for comparing the office of the President of Nigeria and that of Senate to that of the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service ( NCS) Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali in terms of wearing uniform.
In the letter, Malami was said to have disclosed that there was no way the Senate could force Ali to wear uniforms when President Muhammadu Buhari does not wear military uniform as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.
He was said to have accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of not wearing his complete legislative regalia in line with legislative conventions.
Onuesoke who spoke to journalists at Abeokuta, Ogun State, during a climate change workshop said if truly the Attorney-General made the statement it means the threat to Nigerian democracy is being enlarged daily by APC -led government.
He explained that it is out of place and disrespect for the Attorney –General to compare the office of the President of Nigeria or that of the President of the Senate which is the third in the hierarchy of leadership in Nigeria to Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service.
“If the President should wear uniform as commander in chief of armed forces, which uniform do you think he should wear? Is it Army, Air force, Police or Custom uniforms? By the way, what concern President wearing uniform with Senate asking Custom Boss to wear uniform? Is the Attorney-General comparing a singular position of CCG with the position of Commander in Chief of Armed Forces?” he queried.
The PDP chieftain who described the Senate as an institution enacted by constitution and must be respected as such observed that Hameed Ali refusal to wear approved Customs uniform is a proof that he has no value for the Customs and has lost the right to head that institution.
“Nigeria is suddenly in reverse gear. It is awful that history is repeating itself in Nigeria. National Assembly is being ridiculed. Impunity of executive is being subtly promoted, whilst judiciary trivialization applauded. Threats to democracy being enlarge daily and grandstanding actors fill the corridors of power. This is worrisome,” he observed.
Onuesoke who argued that a third party going to court does not constitute a stay so Ali must honour Senate schedule invitation declared, “This is clear demonstration of impunity and lawlessness on the part of Ali. Some of these people think they are above the law. I wonder what is giving them that confident. Even Magu said the other day that nobody can stop him from function