This medium gathered that Dikko wished to leave his job on August 18 although he still has 2 years to the end of his tenure.
It was learnt that President Buhari had earlier turned down the resignation letter, asking Mr. Dikko to give him time to study the Customs and its operations but later accepted it and asked him to proceed on retirement leave on Monday.
The president, in the approval letter he signed personally, thanked Abdullahi for his service to the nation within the last six years.
The President’s letter, titled “Voluntary retirement from the Nigeria Customs Service” and dated August 14, read: “Dear, Alhaji D.I. Abdullahi. I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter Ref. No. NCS/ADM/HQ/P. 35802 of 3rd August, 2015 conveying your decision to voluntarily retire from the Nigeria Customs Service with effect from Tuesday, 18th 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 18th August 2015. “I wish you the very best in your future endeavours. “Yours sincerely, Muhammadu Buhari.”
The NCS boss had, in his letter to Buhari, said he decided to embark on voluntary resignation to allow younger ones to take over the mantle of leadership of the NCS.
He stated that under his leadership, the revenue collection into various coffers of government increased, adding that the Service’s average monthly collection of N29billion in 2009 had increased to between N90 billion and N100 billion at the moment. The NCS boss said the six-point agenda he articulated in the NCS had drastically changed the negative perception of the service.
President Buhari is reportedly looking to fill the vacant position with a Customs officer from the South-South.