The National Conscience Party (NCP), has asked Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to immediately order the arrest of the suspended National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Executive Secretary, Professor. Usman Yusuf.
NCP said that it is unbecoming of Yusuf to continue to parade himself as the NHIS boss, more than one week after his suspension was conveyed to him by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
Deputy National Chairman of NCP, Waheed Lawal , made the call for the immediate arrest of the embattled NHIS in a statement released in Abuja.
Lawal said, “My strong belief in the Nigeria democratic process enables me to speak against tyranny, wanton disregard for established authority and unrepentant rigidity for corrupt tendencies especially as the voice of the poor citizens of our country as regards the manipulative tactics at the NHIS office.”
He chided the House of Representatives for their involvement in the imbroglio which he described as the inconsistency and incoherence of a chamber of dual personalities.
He said, “it is a matter of public knowledge that the members of the House committee on health have been compromised and are sentimentally delusional by the antics and unguided conduct of Prof. Usman Yusuf, as they portrayed themselves over the years worked against the interest of the executive to stamp out corruption from the public service.
“The suspension of the NHIS executive secretary is following a precedence which remains one of the best approaches to fight the scourge of corruption, we, and even the green chamber all applauded the suspension of the secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir David Lawal.
“As such, why are the lawmakers perfecting a legislative coup against the conscience of Nigerians by pushing for the recall of Yusuf who should by now be answering questions from the constituted investigative panel on over 72 petitions received so far, bothering on financial impropriety, gross misconduct and flagrant disregard for the civil service rules and the procurement act?,” Lawal asked.