The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, has said that only lazy Nigerians would claim to be hungry under President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is coming barely a month after President Buhari, while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, slammed Nigerian youths, saying that “a lot of them haven’t been to school” but are after free things based on the notion that Nigeria is an oil-rich nation.
Ali made the remark on Tuesday when he led the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
While enumerating what he called the achievements of the present administration in agriculture, the customs boss said manna does not fall from heaven, and as such, only those who work hard will have enough to eat.
He further lauded the president saying: “our economy has grown all because of the discipline you have instilled in the financial sector. All those nonchalant attitudes, all those days of siphoning money are no longer feasible.
“Mr President, today we are seeing physically where people are rejecting foreign rice for local rice. Today Mr President if you go to some of our houses, what you will see is local rice and that is wealth for our people.
“Last year, during the Hajj period when I went home, many farmers came to me that they have never had it so good, so much so that the first 25 people that paid up their money when Hajj fares were announced, were rice farmers. What more can we say in terms of growth of wealth?
“People say we are hungry, of course the lazy must be hungry because if you do not work hard, manna doesn’t fall from heaven. So, when people say we are hungry, there was never a time in Nigeria that food is dropped in the mouth of the people and there will never be.
“I can go on and on and enumerate what you have done in just three years of your administration but three is not enough to undo what was done in 16 years. The destruction, the monumental stealing that we have witnessed, the destruction of our structures and our system, it takes more than eight years to be able to address them and I believe in three years you have done wonderfully well.”