NHIS boss ignores suspension order, tells Council: I’m answerable only to Buhari

Yusuf, in a memo to the Council of the NHIS, headed by Dr. Enyatu Ifenne, said he was only answerable to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, has ignored the indefinite suspension handed down to him by the Governing Council of the scheme when he reported for work on Friday.
Yusuf, in a memo to the Council of the NHIS, headed by Dr. Enyatu Ifenne, said he was only answerable to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the memo, with reference number NHIS/ES/091/1/192, Yusuf told the Council that only Buhari could suspend him.
He said in the memo: “As you are aware, by virtue of Section 8 of the NHIS Act, my appointment, like yours, is at the instance of the President, while the council’s power of appointment is limited to directors and other employees of the scheme.
“It is, therefore, ultra vires or the council to suspend or purport to suspend me from office to the extent that the said suspension is the prerogative of Mr President.”
Reacting, Ifenne said: “Let those who hide under the cover of the Presidency to protect corruption know that Nigerians are keenly watching.
“I am convinced that if President Buhari is fully briefed about a tenth of Yusuf’s atrocities, he will throw him out.”

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