Buhari overrules minister, recalls suspended NHIS boss

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Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday recalled the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, this effectively overruling the June 2017 action on f the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

Yusuf had been suspended for various alleged misdeeds and misuse of funds after a ministerial panel found him guilty.

Buhari was at the time on medical leave in the United Kingdom.

But.on Tuesday, the minister received a presidential order for the executive secretary’s reinstatement.

No reason was given for the action.

In the letter, the secretary was asked to closely with with the minister.

Buhari has been accused by a former head of state, Olusegun Obasanjo, and a cross-sectipn of Nigerians of favouring Northern appointees in his decisions.

On occasion s when Southern ministers were engaged in a feud with Northern appointees, Buhari aided with the latter.

A case in point was the disagreement between the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hamid Ali.

Another instance was the feud between Minister of State for Petroleum, I’ve Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru.

 

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