NHIS Controversy: Yusuf’s recall will not affect corruption investigations – Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]

The reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, will not stop any investigation of corruption allegations levelled against him, the federal government said on Wednesday.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who stated this on Wednesday, however, said he was not aware Mr. Yusuf was being investigated by the anti-graft agency, EFCC.

“I am not aware that the EFCC is investigating the recently reinstated Executive Secretary of NHIS. But if that is the case, I don’t think his reinstatement is a bar to any investigation,” Mr. Mohammed told journalists at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr. Mohammed later clarified his statement. “I didn’t say I’m not aware of his investigation. I was precise. I said I am not aware that the EFCC is investigating him and that if it is true, that the fact that he has been reinstated does not mean a stop to it. That is what I said.”

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reinstated Mr. Yusuf exactly six months after he was suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, following allegations of gross misconduct.

A panel commissioned by the minister after Mr. Yusuf’s suspension later found him culpable of infractions that ranged from nepotism to theft of public funds.

Mr. Adewole sent the report of the panel to the president in November.

However, on Tuesday, the minister received a letter signed by President Buhari’s chief of staff announcing Mr. Yusuf’s reinstatement. The letter was silent on the report of the health ministry’s panel and whether or not the president cleared Mr. Yusuf of the panel’s findings or even reviewed the findings.

On Wednesday, the presidency summoned the health minister and the acting Executive Secretary of NHIS, Attahiru Ibrahim, to the presidential villa.

Ayo Osinlu, Head, Media and Public Relations of NHIS, told the News Agency of Nigeria that Mr. Adewole, and the Acting Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Attahiru Ibrahim, were summoned to the Presidential Villa.

Mr. Osinlu, however, told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday night that the summon was not related to Mr. Yusuf’s recall.

“Their presence was not in any way related to the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary,” he said. “Rather, they had attended to present and defend for approval, some projects of the Federal Ministry of Health with bearing on NHIS at FEC.”

Mr. Osinlu had earlier said the recalled NHIS chief did not resume duties on Wednesday.


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  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Illiterate certificate forger, perjurer, bigot, sectionalist and herdsman Muhammadu Buhari is an orchestrated calamity, a choreographed catastrophe and an unmitigated disaster.

    • Olu Badejo

      @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus;

      Muhamadu Buhari
      is clueless without administrative skills. He unilaterally reinstates a public
      officer indicted by a Panel of the Ministry of Health for violation of the Public
      Service Rules. Worse than that Buhari’s reinstatement order was made without
      any reference to the Ministry’s Panel’s indictment, and without reference to a
      valid suspension order issued by the Minister of Health. What sort of ignorant
      government is Muhamadu Buhari running to the shame and damage of Nigeria?

      Are there
      no adults left in Nigeria who can speak out against Buhari’ ignorance? No one
      expects Bola Tinubu to have a voice; having been bought and sold and sent on
      errand to reconcile himself with others like him who have grievances against
      Buhari’s and the APC party’s illiterate way of doing things, but Bola Tinubu is
      not relevant to the issue of Muhamadu Buhari as a national burden for his
      lack of knowledge.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        My brother, the real issue is that our Minister of health hasn’t turned in his resignation yet.

        • Otile

          If he resigns Corrupt Buhari will replace him with a dull Fulani and the last state of the Ministry will become worse than the first. Let him hang in there.

          • woman leader1

            Nonsense comment

          • front man

            Hope you know that you make no sense at all

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Isn’t it better to allow Buhari to continue to mess himself up by filling every available vacancy with herdsmen like him?

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            My brother na true you talk o!

  • Observer

    Bihari and his Cabal will never stop amazing Nigerians

  • Debekeme

    Buhari and his guys are so reckless and arrogant that they dont even bother to pretend any more.

    Look at this blatant abuse of processes. I wonder what goes through the mind of ardent Buhari supporters when they consider objectively how this administration has carried itself.

    PDP and other the opposition dont even have to do anything. Buhai and his crew are doing all the damage to themselves by themselves.

    Ive lost total respect for Buhari

  • Millenium Boy

    @disqus_adrUdD9Atb:disqus

    Lai Muhammed fails to defend Buhari’s illegal action

    Would it not have been better if Lai Muhammed simply kept quiet? Than utter these inane statements, and, confirm
    all derision about himself? I think he rather should have shut up. President Buhari who acted illegally did not attempt
    to defend himself, once the coin later dropped. The President of Nigeria has no right under the public service rules
    to sit as a one-man judge over the case of a public servant suspended by a Minister pursuant to Public Service Rules
    and to cancel the Minister’s suspension order and reinstate that public servant according to his own whim. No right is
    accorded an elected President of Nigeria to do such thing. But i would have thought Lai Muhammed would know that.

    The public service rules of the federation constitute the law and apply to its own subject-matter like any law passed by
    the National Assembly. President Buhari has no discretion to put aside the process stipulated by Public Service Rules
    of the federation. The nonrational explanation attempted by Lai Muhammed is as irrelevant as it is bone-headed. Any prohibited act is an illegal act. No Minister of Information can step forward to attempt a defence of President Buhari for
    this prima facie illegality without himself looking silly. I want to appeal to the few educated Nigerians left in the country to stand up at times like this before Lai Muhammed and his addled cronies mislead the distressed country further down the
    slope of ignorance.

    • princegab

      Thanks for the cool truth sir.
      Constitutional breaches of Mr president are beyond words. The question to ask is, who bell the cat?
      Saraki, dogara, the governors or oyegun? Methinks, naija has hit the bottom. May 2019 come with the “change” the people want. Pmb administration is irredeemably corrupt and incompetent. MUST BE VOTED OUT.

      • ed

        Unfortunately President Buhari Nepotism Tribalism and Corrupt INEC has already registered Millions of non existence Voters and issued PVC for President Buhari rigging scheme.
        You’re wasting time waiting for 2019.

        • princegab

          That’s what we said of gej, but we succeeded in throwing him out. God is on our side bro.

    • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

      Thanks for your intelligent and informed contributions on this medium

      • Night Crawler

        So you believed him, smh for you

      • progressive

        Clowns

      • princegab

        Na you be dat? Thanks bro.

        • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

          Princegab my brother, na me o, hope you good bro

    • Night Crawler

      I guess you woke up from wrong side of the bed, wake up from your slumber

    • progressive

      Why will Lai Mohammed keep quiet is it not the minister of information at least he has to inform Nigerians on what transpired why president buhari called him back

      • Sanssouci

        You and your troop are a disgrace and a fraud! I don’t care for Lai mohammed one bit, but he deserves better service for what he is paying you guys

        • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

          who dash them troop

    • Passionate about Nigeria

      Abi o, Lai Mohammad should have zipped it. When you’re in a hole stop digging…

    • Yego V

      When you have a president who is this dumb, what do expect of his dumber lieutenants like lying Lair Mo.

  • Otile

    Before you know it kay soyemi(fake esq.), woman learder1, john, Screw-em, olabutosan & the rest of the touts will jump in to pollute the atmosphere in the name of defending their master Lair Mohammed.

    • progressive

      What the defend are you also doing on here you can just come on here and be abusing the president at least he is the leader of the country he knew what he is doing he is a man who doesn’t take nonsense and is also one of the less corruption politician we have this country also of today

    • Sanssouci

      today it is the turn of the shameless BMC substitues, womanleader1, progressive,Night Crawler etc…How they think they can deceive anybody is what I find unbelievable, no attempt at logic whatsoever.

  • musa aliero

    How can u reinstate someone under investigation for graft?? Buhari is truly fighting kwaraption

    • Night Crawler

      The investigation is still going, it won’t stop it… it happens in previous administration, when SLS says money is missing from NNPC, the investigation was carried out when other key players in NNPC are there

    • progressive

      Can’t you listen to what Lai Mohammed said he said he has not for once know maybe the efcc has been investigation the issue that he has never came across such investigation

      • Passionate about Nigeria

        Your propaganda is not working!

  • Daniel

    If that Minister of Health has any iota of integrity left, and If Osibanjo has any iota of integrity left, let them RESIGN!

    This is nauseating corruption and nepotism !

    • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

      Adewole has the mind to turn in his resignation but not VP, he will wait it out till 2019. Adewole should however note that the day he resigns 2.1bn Boko Haram arms money will be found in his account.

    • Night Crawler

      They have done nothing wrong, like the article above, the investigation will continue, anyone found guilty will be dealt with according to the law

      • woman leader1

        Simple as ABC.

      • Daniel

        Slave mentality !

    • progressive

      You are not the one to advise the government we all know what clueless did when they were in power they told Nigerians then that stealing is not corruption.

      • Daniel

        Pastor goody goody VP.

        Fake pastors !

  • Frank Bassey

    This is criminal. Can you imagine what is happening to our “great” country? Those who accuse PDP/GEJ of looting, are you watching? Is this how to govern a nation? Does this indicate integrity on the part of our leadership?

    • Night Crawler

      They have done nothing wrong, most Nigerian newspaper has been compromised, they don’t take investigation journalism serious anymore, they only want to sell their products

      • Harry

        When the Nigerian Newspapers dressed Buhari in borrowed robes a few years ago, they were not compromised. The truth is bitter but you must accept it. Buhari is beyond redemption. You can’t give what you don’t have.

        • progressive

          Buhari is still one of the best president we have in this country his government has been so transparent

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            Lol! So hilarious….. ROTFL!!!

      • Frank Bassey

        Please tell us the “right” version. What are your scientific findings? Educate us please. We are thirsty of the TRUTH.

    • woman leader1

      Why are you talking like this, we all know that the Nigerian newspaper are is the problem

      • Frank Bassey

        How? Please, expatiate. Educate the platform ‘housemates’ appropriately.

    • progressive

      We all know in the case of the former secretary to the president when found of level of alligation against him he was suspended immediately and the efcc are also doing their investigation as well

      • Frank Bassey

        Please, who is this? What is he/she saying?

  • Matthew keyh

    Buhari is a total disaster .No wonder the national health insurance scheme would never work in Nigeria ,Lai mohammed now publicly defending corruption of Buhari legacy of reinstating a corrupt head of NIHS ,Nigeria is just a finished country ,We will never get it right ,APC is doomed i have worked abroad where Health insurance policy is practiced ,Government has no business collecting Premiums from Workers for health insurance schemes ,The Insurance companies collects Premiums from workers ,Government only laid down the modalities and rules for the Insurance companies through legislation

    • Night Crawler

      You can continue ranting till 2019, Lai Mohammed only shed more light to the issue on ground and the investigation will continue despite his been reinstated

      • Matthew keyh

        You are very sick ,somebody who mismanaged over //919million naira supposed to be suspended when being investigated for corruption ,however The health minister who found him wanting on corruption and suspended him can not work with him harmoniously ,you are very thick in your brain

    • woman leader1

      We should appreciate HMIC because he always update us and refused to put us in the dark, shedding more light on the issue we don’t understand is not a crime…

  • share Idea

    If only Nigeria knew the level of rots inherited by Buhari from GEJ that is why Buhari re-instated indicted Executive Secretary of NHIS. Mr Integrity is fighting Kwurruption. Nigeria we hail thee

    • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

      Hahahaha bro. Yes Gej is responsible – the bunch of lying scums

      • progressive

        I see that you’ve run out of your senses you can only come on here to shout but you have no facts at hand

      • front man

        Stop showing your madness and go straight to the point

      • share Idea

        Is it not clear to all Buhari apologist that Buhari’s fails lies squarely with him and not all these blame transfer to people working around him. We have consistently shouted that Buhari does not have the capacity to govern, and they kept making excuses after excuses for him.

        It is really baffling how some people have not been able to see through behind the facade built by this lying administration to deceive the gullible.

        I most accept that I knew Buhari was not capable of governing Nigeria because of his antecedents. However, I never knew that Buhari’s performance could be this bad. I was expecting that some of the systems / policies introduced by previous administrations (especially last administration ) could help checkmate him to a level pending when Buhari would be voted out in 2019. The damage Buhari have wrecked in this short space of time will take more than 20 years to repair even when serious government takes over from him.

    • progressive

      Whether you or like it or not buhari is a man of principle

    • front man

      Stop all this trash.

    • Sherrif Don Jos

      GEJ sacked Corrupt NNPC Boss , He sacked Aviation Minister , He sacked NPC boss, He sacked Chief of Army…. Now tell me who your Clueless president Sacked …. Upon indicting this man with the tune of #980,000,000… yet the big wood and wool have prevented PMB in seeing and hearing,,,,

  • woman leader1

    May God bless you sir for shedding more light on it

    • front man

      Amen

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    ONE RULE FOR THE FULANI AND ANOTHER FOR OTHER LESSER NIGERIANS……ANTI CORRUPTION , MY FOOT !!

    • front man

      Trash!

    • progressive

      Clown when your thief Jonathan was in power did he fought corruption

      • front man

        Please ask him.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Your Engish is bad ,

        • Sanssouci

          What do u expect from BMC? Lai Mohammed recruited the worst of the worst

          • mamaT

            Get away u

        • mamaT

          Mr English and ofcourse know it all….. y dont u answer his question?

      • Sherrif Don Jos

        GEJ sacked Corrupt NNPC Boss , He sacked Aviation Minister , He sacked NPC boss, He sacked Chief of Army…. Now tell me who your Clueless president Sacked …. Upon indicting this man with the tune of #980,000,000… yet the big wood and wool have prevented PMB in seeing and hearing

  • progressive

    Well for those who think they can continue with their propaganda just because the NHIS have reinstated back to his work should desist from such act , Lai Mohammed has been able to narrate the issue for us to know what happened

    • front man

      HMIC will always update us, he his truly a leader.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        GO GET A BETTER JOB , YOU ILL TRAINED PROPAGANDIST !!

        • front man

          You should be telling your self that.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            YOUR TRAINING IS POOR .

        • mamaT

          Pained online erat! Get a life instead

  • front man

    Thank you sir for the update.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      THERE IS NOTHING NEW, THE THIEF WAS RE-INSTATED BECAUSE HE IS A NORTHERNER.

      • front man

        To you , there is nothing new because you are blind.

        • dele20

          He has eyes but can not see

      • progressive

        This is how people like you are looking for a way to divide this country with your bias of ethnicity

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          NO NEED FOR THAT BECAUSE BUHARI IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE DIVIDER .

        • dele20

          Don’t mind him, this great nation will never split

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Nigerians are too smart for the Fulani cabal at Aso rock, they will be kicked out come 2019, the Buhari tyranny must go.

    • dele20

      HMIC is the voice of we the Nigerian masses

  • Denis_NG

    In all honesty, I have been truly disappointed in Buhari!!. The kind of overly corrupt and disgustingly inefficient people he seems to have surrendered power to has made it extremely difficult for any patriotic Nigerian to continue to support him. Just as one scandal starts to abate, another one appears. The fuel scarcity issue continues and everyone seems to have forgotten about that, as if long queue or empty tanks at gas stations is the norm, even when Fulani marauders are still on the loose.

    • daygea

      Buhari is not a magician, he has done pretty well. Rome was not built in a day, Nigeria is a work in progress.

      • Denis_NG

        Please, list those exact areas where Buhari has done well, according to you. Please, convince me. Thanks!

        • dele20

          No matter how long he convinces you, you will will still pretend obstinately

      • dele20

        Yes ooo, you are right, PMB has been working excellently, efficiently and effectively. He needs to be given kudos

  • Debekeme

    We are back to the days of paid online e-rats.

    I’m noticing this disturbing trend of paid hands spontaneously appearing online to support this NHIS man. You will notice that their lines of attack are same, writing styles are same but they keep changing the names they use to post comments..

    This is so unhealthy for Nigeria. One man at NHIS’s personal agenda should not be put above the interest of the country.

    The e-rats are back in full force. I remember APC supporters accusing PDP of sponsoring the e-rats during the President Jonathan administration. Now, APC seems to have deployed the PDP playbook for e-rats enabled propaganda.

    APC and PDP, what is the difference? 2019 will be interesting.

    • okenwa

      If you don’t to see them don’t read any news coming from liar Mohammed.

    • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

      “I’m noticing this disturbing trend of paid hands spontaneously appearing online to support this NHIS man. You will notice that their lines of attack are same, writing styles are same but they keep changing the names they use to post comments..”
      ——
      lol seems you are new to the naija cyber disqus forum. Those things you see are activated whenever Lai is on the news, they are not here cos of the NHIS man. Vanguard is were they are renown – the bunch of scallywags

      • Abex229

        So true, the e-rats are activated once “Lai Mohammed” appears in any news. I guess they are part of APC propaganda team headed by Lai himself.

        • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

          Absolutely

    • mbewalu ogodo

      The E-rats always appear whenever Lai utters any word. You dont need a witch doctor to tell you that they are his Aides and Media rats

  • dudu

    How is this different from stealing is not corruption. Smh

    • daygea

      Very different. The minister has made it clear that the recall will not affect the investigation of EFCC.

      • dudu

        I yinmu to you. I hope you are not deceiving yourself

  • Ubong

    Lai Mohammed, please you are old enough to refuse to lie unreasonably on issues you know is FAKE NEW. Buhari shouls be saluted for having his long waited opportunity to carry out his personal regional agenda i salute him for graciously using the opportunity to lecture others, particularly noise makers and chat/talk show hosts from conquered southern region/middle belt on his reprisals actions against his comment that BH was war against North etc. Buhari came with a mission and is diplomatically and effectively executing it without caring about the noise makers from souther/middle belt regions The reinstatement of this man by Buhari is to tell the health minister that he is in chzrge, period.

  • LagosBoy

    How does recalling someone who is either on official leave or suspended affect an ongoing investigation…..Why do people just love to make out something big from NOTHING…
    Lets be guided by what we do if we have this nation’s Interest at heart and want to move this Nation Forward..

    God bless Nigeria and God bless us all

  • mamaT

    HMIC has said it all….. thnks for the continuous updating u are simply de best

    • dele20

      The best minister ever is Lai Mohammed

  • realist

    Injustice kills, kills individuals practicing it and the nation or any organization the practicer represents. Let Buhari continues, it would even be better if he is quickly curbed, if not he would bite his finger on the long run. Natuture has a way of teaching us a lesson, when individuals flagrantly disobey her laws.

  • Sherrif Don Jos

    GEJ sacked Corrupt NNPC Boss , He sacked Aviation Minister , He sacked NPC boss, He sacked Chief of Army…. Now tell me who your Clueless president Sacked …. Upon indicting this man with the tune of #980,000,000… yet the big wood and wool have prevented PMB in seeing and hearing

    …… This Buhari is a disaster since 1983

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  • Tickle

    Who says this is corruption no talk well at all. THIS IS NOT CORRUPTION BUT NAMU NAMU………..shikena!!!

  • man

    as long as malami is attorney general, the efcc case is dead. remember he investigated babachir grass scam, and senator sani did his job for him. thats why babachir is out.