The dust raised by President Muhammadu Buhari few days ago by reinstating the hitherto suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, is yet to settle.

Since the reinstatement, the president has been receiving backlashes from Nigerians.

The latest criticism is from three Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, Yusuf Ali and Ifedayo Adedipe.

The President on Wednesday 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 said Nigerians deserved an explanation from the Federal Government. According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the President’s recall of the indicted NHIS official belittles the minister’s authority.

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He 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.

Similarly, Adedipe berated Buhari’s war against corruption and the government’s motives.

Adedipe added, “It is a total disgrace and an embarrassment. If I were the minister of health, I would resign and give them back their useless position. The President has undermined his so-called war on corruption for whatever reason, and it does him no credit that he is doing this."

Another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, on Saturday, also described the reinstatement of Yusuf, as evidence of impunity, corruption and executive lawlessness under President Buhari's administration.

He maintained that Buhari’s directive, reinstating the NHIS boss, showed that the administration was not only covering up corruption within the government, but also promoting and protecting it.


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