Usman Yusuf Reacts To Accusations Levelled Against Him By NHIS
Usman Yusuf, who was suspended from office as executive secretary of the National health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has given a comic reaction to his critics on Monday.
In what seemed to be a mockery of Patience Jonathan, former first lady, Yusuf sent a three-worded response: There’s God o, to inquiries by The Cable over the crisis in the Agency.
Jonathan’s wife caught headlines in April 2014 when she used those exact words in reaction to the refusal of some persons to honour the panel she set up to investigate the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls.
After his phone rang out on Monday, The Cable had sent a text message to him to explain his role in the harassment of workers and allegations levelled against him.
At 7:30pm, Yusuf’s terse response was received.
The executive secretary was suspended by the NHIS governing board last week, but he had argued that his suspension was illegal and that he would resume office nonetheless.
He had said only President Muhammadu Buhari had the powers to suspend him.
Naija News reported how, yesterday, policemen arrived at the NHIS office in the Utako area of Abuja, amid a lockdown by workers who attempted to prevent him from entering the premises.
After firing teargas at the protesting workers, the entrance gate which was locked was thrown open with the policemen aiding Yusuf’s entry into his office.
Previous efforts to get Yusuf’s reaction to the crisis, particularly the allegations of corruption which the board levelled against him as well as his suspension, were unsuccessful.
Enantu Ifenna, chairman of the NHIS governing board, had, while announcing Yusuf’s suspension at a press conference on Thursday, accused The NHIS officer of financial impropriety.
She had alleged the executive secretary had refused to carry out the board’s decisions on critical issues and institutionalised corruption at the agency.
She also accused the ES of allegedly inflating the scheme’s 2018 budget, “fraudulently inflating the cost of biometric capturing machines, and attempt to illegally execute N30 billion in federal government bonds.
The board also alleged that Yusuf carried out unauthorised staff travel in defiance to council directive, superfluous arrogation of project vehicles and added he has been insubordinate.