Health Ministry replies embattled NHIS chief, says suspension order stands

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Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health.

The Federal Ministry of Health has reacted to the response of the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, to his suspension.

Mr. Yusuf in a July 12 letter, exclusively sourced by PREMIUM TIMES, addressed to the Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, said he would not obey the suspension order, listing five reasons for his decision.

In response, the health ministry in a press statement on Friday said it dissociates itself from Mr. Yusuf’s letter.

According to the statement signed by the health ministry’s spokesperson, Boade Akinola, Mr. Yusuf, being a public officer, is bound by the regulations governing the Public Service.

“The NHIS is an agency supervised by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Administrative Panel of Inquiry raised by the Ministry to investigate activities of the agency has commenced its assignment with specific terms of reference,” the spokesperson said.

Mr. Yusuf was suspended by the minister for three months to allow for unhindered investigations into corruption allegations levelled against him.

His response to his July 6 suspension was sent same day the House of Representatives ordered his reinstatement, a directive that is not binding on the health ministry. The lawmakers’ position has been condemned by a civil society group who said the resolution was one which encouraged corruption.


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  • Mani_Kay

    SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN INFIDELS NEVER LEARN THEIR LESSONS!

    When has it become that a Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani will accept a suspension order from a Southern Christian infidel?

    Is Health Minister Isaac Adewole too young to remember what happened to Alabo Graham Douglas when he was IBB’S Minister for Aviation (1990 – 1992)?

    How that Alabo Graham-Douglas’s suspension of some Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani boys in Nigeria Airways was openly disobeyed by the Hausa-Fulani boys …. and eventually IBB sacked Alabo Graham-Douglas as Minister of Aviation for having the boldness to issue query to some Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani people in Nigeria Airways.

    Recall that the suspension of the Hausa-Fulani boys in Nigeria Airways was done after they refused to answer the query issued to the by the then Minister for Aviation Alabo Graham-Douglas

    Of course we all remember that the Hausa-Fulani boys never replied the query that was issued to them rather they made public mockery of the query and nothing came out of it except that the Hausa-Fulani boys continued on their jobs at Nigeria Airways while Alabo Graham-Douglas was disgracefully sacked from his Ministerial position.

  • Qaqa Abu

    “The real problem with the country is that Jihad has been launched in
    Nigeria; and Islamists that have been interfering in the governance of the
    country using “Taqiyya” (approved deception) as “Stealth/Civilisation Jihad”,
    and Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen as violent Jihad, are relentless in their
    pursuit of eradicating democracy in Nigeria. The objective of the Islamists
    (Political Islam) is to supplant the constitution of Nigeria with Sharia
    ideology as the source of legislation in the nation. The conflict between
    democracy as national ideology, and Sharia as a usurping ideology, is
    responsible for the crisis unfolding in Nigeria. The nation is in the throes
    of Jihad.”

    …………Army Generals T.Y Danjuma, Joshua Dongoyaro

    and Zamani Lekwot

    (July 14th, 2017)

    • emmanuel

      T.Y. Danjuma is a use**es man, he should hide himself in shame. He thinks everything is all about his Oil Block. He has not seen any Jihad yet. After Buhari, he can work with El-Rufai or Sanusi to Aso Villa to further the cause of jihad.
      His Jukun people will soon be anihilated

      • Kallah Bature

        Please use a more decent language in your CRUSADE.Danjuma should be addressed with respect, his flip flop notwithstanding

        • Bully-hong-ho

          @disqus_VXrLCcvBo5:disqus

          BUHARI’s addle-headed appointee, Usman Yusuf is a dunce and an ignoramus
          who’s decidedly delusive and inadequately educated to assert in public that there
          must be a prima facie case against him before he could be suspended from the
          public service; and that only he; as Usman Yusuf, an appointee, can decide if a
          strong prima facie case exists, before he’ll comply with Ministerial instruction to
          proceed on suspension. In other words, Usman Yusuf asserts a self-given right
          to decide his own case by himself in supercilious ignorance.

          For all that Usman Yusuf is perhaps
          worse than a dunce. His appointment as NHIS Secretary illustrates the problem
          with Buhari’s judgment call. Any pedestrian northerner who is also a Muslim is
          deemed qualified for public office in Buhari’s un-educated eyes. With such tribal
          mindset it is no surprise that Muhamadu Buhari has fumbled and wobbled on the
          job as the worst president Nigeria has ever had.

          Within 12 months
          in office Buhari worsened and messed up Nigeria so badly that the country’s
          economy shrank in the year 2016 for the first time in 25 years. Today, in effect
          of ongoing economic recession solely stoked by Buhari’s economics ignorance,
          there are now 28 million un-employed youths in Nigeria, according to the latest
          figures from the National Bureau of Statistics. A huge tragedy befell Nigeria with
          Muhamadu Buhari’s election. Those who voted him in caused a decline and fall
          of Nigeria.

        • Intrepid

          Respect for a cold blooded MURDERER? Another line please.

        • absam777

          Respect ? Oh not for Danjuma.

    • Nicolas

      Saudi Arabia the supporters and collaborators will soon feel the hand of Almighty God. The Christians in the North who the Islamic North refer to as minorities which I do not agree nor believe. When OBJ made aove to include religion in the National Identity card scheme. The Northern Islamic leaders shouted and said they would never accept it. Why? We know that Christians are not minorities in the North but rather they are been subjugated by imposing culture of intolerance religion of the Islamic North. Saudi Arabia’s end is near.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    Well done and thank you for the rapid response and clarification Mr. Honourable Minister. The world is now aware that you are just following due process.Yusuf should also reckon that he is not being victimise and abide by the directive. If he is proven innocent, after the enquiry, he will a become hero but if proven guilty, he must also face the consequence(s).

  • Braithwaite Umenta

    I also dissociate myself from My Yusuf’s stubbornness.

  • emmanuel

    There two countries in Nigeria. One ruled by Northern hegemonic powers and the other by Osibande. Some months ago, a woman from Southern Nigeria was removed from office when she refused to leave, they sent DSS after her.
    The same establishment is carrying on as if the Mr. Yussuf should not be harassed out.
    When one section of Nigeria keep silent when it does not touch them, others too keeo quiet when it touches them.
    Adewale is an equivalent of a heath Commissioner, just like a common commissioner Coordinating Minister and Commissioner of Finance in Abuja – Kemi.
    What Yusuf has told Adewale is that he neither recognise him or Osinbajo.
    Foolani arrogance has almost destroyed them and the rest of Nigeria have turned their backs on them.
    Yusuf, continue!

  • Celestine Agwu

    @braithwaiteumenta:disqus

    A Minister who suffers fools gladly

    I just want to say something please. Why is President Muhamadu Buhari like this? His judgment is a mess.
    Just look at the quality of his appointees and you will think that Buhari maybe has nothing upstairs. I must
    apologize to my ancestors for voting for such a dullard. My ancestors may never forgive me. But I will
    pour libation all the same. Just look at the COALITION OF THE MEDIOCRE that Buhari put together!
    And he said he wants to do CHANGE. Nonsense upon ingredients. What ‘change’ is possible with
    this Usman Yusuf of NHIS? The man too is just dullard. How can a person whose head is correct
    write letter to a Minister supervising his agency that he refuses to obey the letter of Minister?

    Who is Usman Yusuf to start with? He may be ‘a Hausa Banza’ for all you know, but that is not the point,
    he is just an ignoramus. By the way, he should go and get a good lawyer and stop using any roadside
    mechanic as legal adviser. Only a roadside mechanic could raise the sort of senseless arguments
    Usman Yusuf made in his brainless letter of refusal. I don’t even know why the Minister is
    suffering fools gladly. If I am the Minister I will SACK Usman Yusuf from office today.
    Insubordination is a basis for summary dismissal inside the public Service Law.
    After dismissal, Usman Yusuf will now face criminal investigation for stealing.
    Let him go and report the Minister to his fellow tribalist-Jihadist called
    Alhaji Muhamadu Buhari. Nonsense!

    • emmanuel

      Buharis brain died before May 29, 2015. Those who knew understood why he thought he had made appointment upto six months after swearing, when he never did until six months after.
      Unfortunately, he body is now dead and only supported by machine.
      Any of them foolani nursing the ambition of ruling Nigeria again should get ready for his exit too.
      I beg, they should bring our jet back and let Aisha go bring back whatever is left of the man with chrtered jet!

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  • curseless

    Can someone who has any modicum of common sense in the government tell this oxy moron that the minister have ordered him to take a walk. If he doesn’t understand English then let the suspension letter be translated to Hausa for him. The assembly members who wanted to override the minister are nothing but pack of hyenas and should be more worried about their incompetences.

    • absam777

      He understand English or someone can interpret it for him in Hausa. It is just the Hausa Fulani arrogance. The so called UNTOUCHABLE

    • Onike24

      He doesn’t understand English because he is Hausa? Don’t you realise that you are being bigoted? the man may be guilty as accused but because he is from the North he must be unqualified and unable to read English? A professor of Pediatrics and oncology from Memphis Tennessee cannot understand English? Bigotry has reset your thinking….

      • okenwa

        Are you no longer yoruba?

        • Onike24

          So what? I dispise bigotry in any form.

  • Kallah Bature

    Why is Premium Times encouraging disregard for the rule of law and separation of powers by always adding that the directive of the House of Representatives is not binding on the Ministry of health.What type of democracy are we practicing in the eyes of PT for God’s sake.

    • absam777

      On this particular case, the House of Representatives is not binding on the Ministry of health. It is a simple rule of law. This is not a legislative matter but one administration. He should obey and then complain or even go to court.

      Why do Hausa Fulani think that they cannot take orders from their superiors from other tribe?

      • okenwa

        They own you. shebi you dey call mazi kanu names. deal with it.

        • absam777

          Kanu is a terrorist. He lacks the intellectual ability required to lead a rich tribe of my mother’s people. Stop promoting a child leader. It’s like promoting child soldiers.

    • Boogie man

      In ideal democracy, the House of Reps’ primary Job is law making. They have no business dictating to the executive on who to employ, sack or investigate. That is way outside their responsibilities. This is even known to elementary government course students of secondary schools.

  • princegab

    Nigeria we “held” thee

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Suspended NHIS executive secretary Usman Yusf, who was deeply involved in massive corruption practices in the National Health Insurance Scheme,NHIS. had thought he was still serving under former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, when stealing and looting were not considered corruption crimes and that he could still continue in office as usual. Usman Yusuf, is already indicted and suspended from office and he must be fully investigated and any bank- account/s and landed properties traced to Usman Yusuf and subordinate must be consider corruption gains and frozen and confiscated by the Federal government.

    • share Idea

      Must you dance naked just to pass off as contributing. How many people were suspended under GEJ by their superior and they refused to obey the order. You can only find this kind of behaviour in administration that claimed to be very strong and strict, yet, people under them kept challenging their authority – is it the infamous “who is the president” or the classic one “Osibanjo is on his own on issue of Magu appointment”.

      Can we extend the to the government claim of having implemented TSA 100% but does not know that $43m was warehoused in private people house…the list is legion and, I can not dignify you by itemising them. Nigeria we hail thee

    • okenwa

      Jonathan’s name will kill you.

  • GbemigaO

    Welcome to the zoo ! The NHIS DG is of the hyena group . Untouchable . How can the Ag. President direct the Health Minister to investigate corruption, the minister does so by suspending the DG and the DG is claiming that he can only be disciplined by the President. Means he does not recognize the Ag. president. And he is still there. DSS has not gone there to kick him out ? The zoo loading…

    • AryLoyds

      Nigeria is even worse than a ZOO , its an animal kingdom!

  • Mani_Kay

    BORN-TO-SERVE …… CANNOT SUSPEND …….. BORN-TO-RULE

    When has it become that a Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani will accept a suspension order from a Southern Christian infidel?

    Is Health Minister Isaac Adewole too young to remember what happened to Alabo Graham Douglas when he was IBB’S Minister for Aviation (1990 – 1992). ……. how that Alabo Graham-Douglas’s suspension of some Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani boys in Nigeria Airways was openly disobeyed by the Hausa-Fulani boys …. and eventually IBB sacked Alabo Graham-Douglas as Minister of Aviation for having the boldness to issue query to some Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani people in Nigeria Airways.

    Of course we all remember that the Hausa-Fulani boys never replied the query that was issued to them rather they made public mockery of the query and nothing came out of it except that the Hausa-Fulani boys continued on their jobs at Nigeria Airways while Alabo Graham-Douglas was disgracefully sacked from his Ministerial position.

    • AryLoyds

      True My brother , some animals are more equal than others – George Orwell.
      Besides , welcome back 🙂

  • Eluba Inas

    The shear ignorance of Nigerians is a bliss. People should be judged based on their individual character, this idea of lampooning an entire ethnic nationality or religion and insulting and calling them names is sick. This is like what they do in the US condeming the entire black race for every crime or misdemeanor carried out by one black person or associating act of terrorism by one Muslim to every Muslim.

  • Senator D

    @Health Ministry your response glorifies the mumurity of the erstwhile NHIS boss. Stop glorifying him by responding to him…

  • JasV

    This sallah goat or ram or pig will be slaughtered. Just watch

  • bashkano

    Notwithstanding the vituperation against Hausa/Fulani by their predators, candidly speaking, the embattled NHIS Chief has, in the meantime, no case but to step aside. As a Civil Servant, you cannot succeed by coming out to challenge your Minister like that. Whatever defence you may have now will be of little help to you until after all the hubbub are calmed down. “Truth” they say undergoes three stages. “First it is ridiculed”, thereafter “fought” and at the end “accepted” as an incontrovertible fact. Leave everything to posterity to debunk you.

  • bigbang

    The police must enforce the suspension.