Senior Advocate of Nigeria Yusuf Ali has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf.
Yusuf was suspended by the minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in July, 2017, over allegations of fraud.
But the president recalled him on Wednesday.
Yusuf is being probed by the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission over alleged fraud to the tune of N919m.
“The reason for which he was suspended is well known to everybody. It was well publicised. It was said that there was some money, almost $1bn, for which he couldn’t account for and for which the EFCC was invited. Curiously, nobody has heard anything from the EFCC and the man was recalled,” Ali told the Punch.
“So, I think the government owes us an explanation why the man, who was suspended by the minister, was recalled by the Presidency. Why was it not the minister that recalled him? The problem about such a matter is that it would have been better if the minister recalled him because they are demystifying the offices of the minister.
“For all intents and purposes, it means that the anti-corruption body can do whatever it wants to do; the government is least concerned,” he said.
In a similar vein, another senior lawyer Ifedayo Adedipe accused the president of nepotism.
“The reason this man (Buhari) is doing this is because that man (Yusuf) is his fellow tribesman. That’s all!” he said.
”This country belongs to all of us; you can’t do this kind of thing to people. Has anybody found Olisa Metuh guilty? Has anybody found (Femi) Fani-Kayode guilty? Has anybody found Mrs. (Patience) Jonathan guilty? They keep dragging them.”
Man Hangs Self In Lagos Police Barracks, Begs Uncle For Forgiveness In Suicide Note
A 22-year-old man, simply identified as Nasiru, has hung himself in the barracks of the Mobile Police Squadron 20 in Ikeja, Lagos State.
The incident, which occurred on Saturday, saw the young man dangling from a ceiling fan in Block 3, Flat 1 around midday.
A suicide note was said to have been discovered in which Nasiru allegedly begged his uncle for forgiveness.
He said he was tired of the world and its attendant suffering, adding that it was time to go.
Nasiru’s uncle was said to be on a special duty when the incident occurred.
But his wife and children were asleep when Nasiru hung himself.
His dangling body was discovered by his uncle’s wife.
The police had yet to release any official statement on the development as at press time.
Reps Approve June 12 As New Democracy Day
House of Representatives on Thursday considered and passed a bill seeking to confer legal status on June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy from the known May 29.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in May this year conferred a posthumous award on Alhaji MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election upon which the new Democracy Day and also proposed the day as such.
Titled “A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public the Public Holidays Act, Cap. P40 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times and to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HBs.918 and 1529)”, the bill was sponsored by Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok and Hon. Kayode Oladele.
Photos As Fayose Escapes Unhurt After Crash With G-Wagon On Third Mainland Bridge
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has escaped unhurt after his G-Wagon Mercedes Benz was involved in an accident on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
The involvement of the ex-governor in the accident was made known by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Olayinka wrote in the early hours of Wednesday: “Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was involved in auto accident on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos few minutes ago.
“He is in stable condition as I write while he is receiving medical attention.”
About an hour after the first information was provided, Olayinka again wrote: “I am happy to inform members of the public that former Governor Ayodele Fayose is now fairly okay.
“The former governor thanked God for limiting the impact of the accident, particularly on occupants of the vehicle.
“As the Southwest Coordinator of the Atiku Presidential Campaign, who is committed to the task of enthroning a PDP government in 2019, Fayose has insisted on coming to Ibadan today, to prepare for tomorrow’s campaign rally and he is on his way to the ancient city.
“Thank you all.”
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