Policy & Governance

Buhari crippled Nigerian economy, violated constitutional provisions with impunity — Fadahunsi

A Senator representing the Osun East constituency in the National Assembly, Sen. Francis Fadahunsi, on Sunday, said former President Muhammadu Buhari violated constitutional provisions during his time as the leader of the country.


This was as he accused the immediate past Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.), of militarizing the service during his time in office, the New Telegraph reports.


Fadahunsi who spoke at a thanksgiving programme held at Saint Pauls Church, Ilase Ijesa, said the former President crippled the economy of the country with his border closure directive.


The Senator who is a retired Customs officer appreciated President Bola Tinubu for appointing a proper officer as Head of Customs, urging the new Customs boss to return the service to its former glory.


“I came to give thanks to God for all that he has done so far. During the primaries till the general election, there was no casualty. I also appreciate my party, PDP which gave me the platform to contest.


“There was a time we called for the impeachment of the outgone President, Muhammadu Buhari because he violated constitutional provisions with impunity but because his party members were more than us at the Senate, we couldn’t achieve it.


“Closing the border was even another abnormality. We closed our borders against our neighbours as against the ECOWAS treaties. Since then, we have been having problems with foreign exchange. They destroy our economy by closing the border.


“Many things have gone wrong in the country. For now, the economy is far below zero. I pray for the new administration to be able to revive the economy.


“The retired Colonel that headed the Customs before was an aberration. I called him a locus that has destroyed the customs service. The service rendered to the nation during his time was militarized and you don’t militarise a revenue agency.


“Today, it is a sign of relieve that a proper officer has been appointed and I’m very sure he is a firm person and will be able to bring customs out of the mess the man has put it,” he added.



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