NHIS boss: SANs accuse Buhari of promoting corruption, impunity

NHIS boss: SANs accuse Buhari of promoting corruption, impunity

Three Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, Yusuf Ali and Ifedayo Adedipe, have criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for reinstating the hitherto suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf.

The PUNCH had reported on Wednesday that the President recalled Yusuf, although a panel, set up by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, suspended the NHIS boss on July 6, 2017.

Yusuf, who is being probed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, was accused of perpetrating fraud to the tune of N919m.

Ali, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said Nigerians deserved an explanation from the Federal Government. According to the senior advocate, the President’s recall of the indicted NHIS official belittles the minister’s authority.

He stated, “The reason for which he was suspended is well known to everybody. It was well publicised. It was said that there was some money, almost $1bn, for which he couldn’t account for and for which the EFCC was invited. Curiously, nobody has heard anything from the EFCC and the man was recalled.

“So, I think the government owes us an explanation why the man, who was suspended by the minister, was recalled by the Presidency. Why was it not the minister that recalled him? The problem about such a matter is that it would have been better if the minister recalled him because they are demystifying the offices of the minister.”

Ali stated that the reinstatement did not portend well for the anti-corruption crusade of the present administration, adding that it had the tendency of sending a wrong signal.

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