On Tuesday, February 6, Usman Yusuf, Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), was reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari . Nigerians have since, reacted on social media to this controversial move.
Yusuf had been ordered by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on July 7, 2017, to proceed on three months suspension to pave the way for an investigation following petitions written against him, one of which was the procurement of a ₦58 million SUV without due process.
The Senate had also earlier launched an investigation into Yusuf’s administration, accusing him of “corrupt expenditure of N292m” which he allegedly spent on health care training “without recourse to any appropriate approving authority.”
Yusuf had refused to comply with the suspension, saying under the Act setting up the scheme, the appointment and removal of the executive secretary is at the instance of the President.
The Health Minister, after a panel set up to investigate the allegations made against Yusuf had found him culpable, had in October 2017, suspended the NHIS boss indefinitely.
According to a source who spoke to Premium Times, Yusuf had been reinstated by President Buhari, and a letter of reinstatement was sent to Adewole on Tuesday.
Adewole also confirmed the receipt of the letter which asked that he work closely with Yusuf upon his resumption, saying, “It is true that the president has reinstated him.”
Below are some of the comments on Twitter:
Buhari reinstated the Executive Secretary of NHIS Professor Usman Yusuf.
The minister for health has received a communication from the Presidential Villa today.
Prof Yusuf was accused of “corrupt expenditure” of N292 million.
Just like how Maina was reinstated. 😓
— Adetutu Balogun (@Tutsy22) February 6, 2018
I tweeted this 4 days ago. Yesterday, Mr President recalled the suspended Executive Secretary of NHIS, in exercise of his powers under Section 171(2)(d) of the Constitution. Ministers have absolutely no disciplinary powers over DGs. Minister of Finance to note in case of SEC DG. https://t.co/ejG2OIUCwc
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) February 7, 2018
NHIS Director-General accused of misappropriating more than N900 million and sacked by the Minister Of Health, President Buhari has asked him to resume work.
— Nejeeb Bello Oyarese (@NejeebBello) February 7, 2018
According to @MobilePunch ‘When we reached out to him to respond to the allegations against him, Yusuf said, “F*ck you, and f*ck the minister’-Yet, this man has been reinstated by Buhari as Head of NHIS after being suspended for a ₦1 billion scam. And we are fighting corruption!
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) February 7, 2018
— TheCable (@thecableng) February 7, 2018