Sen. Utazi blames Osinbajo for pending Senate, Hameed Ali face off


The Chairman Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Chukwuka Utazi has blamed the inability of the Senate to resolve its pending face off with the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.) on the failure of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to carry out the order of President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter.

Utazi who made this known in a television programme monitored in Lagos recalled that before President Buhari embarked on his medical vacation in the United Kingdom, he made a public statement directing the Vice President to look into the misunderstanding between the executive and the legislature.

“When he made that statement, he was in the country and when he left, the Vice President became the acting President, so he couldn’t do any job. For me, I feel now that the president is back and the vice president is there, he should still go in there because that matter is still unresolved, it is not helping matters.

“There are so many outstanding issues that are tied to that. There are so many appointments that have been made by presidency and those appointments couldn’t be address because of that issue.

“So, I expect that Mr. President should direct that the order he gave before he left should be carried to the later, that is the only way things can be done but if he glosses this over and look that way, okay! This issue will remain and many other very important appointments that have been made will be suffering”, he said.

He however admitted that misunderstanding as part of conflict would always be seen in a democracy adding that the most important thing was that the nation was moved a step higher at the end of what he called conflict of interest and opinion.

It will be recalled that the senate earlier this year insisted that the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali appear on the floor of the senate on customs uniform, a development Ali had since taken to the court thereby putting on hold senate’s quest to get clarifications on some issues bordering on customs under his control.

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