Nigeria Customs CG Abdullahi explains choice for voluntary retirement

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President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, accepted the resignation of Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi, who voluntarily retired from the service after six years of presiding over its affairs.

Abdullahi, who proceeds on retirement from today (August 18), explained that having pioneered the Nigerian modern customs service and laid lasting structures, it was better for him to exit when the ovation is loudest.

He said he has no fears about the on-going probe of all revenue generating agencies, as he had increased the annual revenue of the service by 20 per cent. His letter of resignation/voluntary retirement from the service was dated August 3, while President Buhari’s approval, which was personally signed by him, was dated August 14.

Buhari, in his letter, titled ‘Voluntary retirement from the Nigeria Customs Service’, thanked the retiring CG for his services to the county in the last six years.

The President’s approval letter read, “Dear, Alhaji D.I. Abdullahi. I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter Ref. No. NCS/ADM/HQ/P. 35802 of 3 August, 2015, conveying your decision to voluntarily retire from the Nigeria Customs Service with effect from Tuesday, 18 August, 2015. “I note with appreciation your services to this nation, especially as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service in the last six (6) years.

“Accordingly, I hereby approve your voluntary retirement from the Nigeria Customs Service, with effect from 18 August, 2015. “I wish you the very best in your future endeavours. “Yours sincerely, Muhammadu Buhari.” Abdullahi, who was at the Presidential Villa yesterday to thank the president, spoke to State House Correspondents shortly after, saying the only way to move forward is by making personal sacrifice for others to continue.

According to him, the only way NCS can move forward is by sacrifice, to give chance to others, so that they can continue with the legacy we have put in place.

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