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NHIS: I Did Not Sue the Presidency – Prof. Usman Yusuf

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Counsel to the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Alliance Law Firm, Lawyers have denied reports that its client Prof Usman Yusuf sued President Buhari over his suspension as being described in the media.

This was announced by the Managing Partner of Alliance, Dr Uche Val-Obi (SAN), who made a statement regarding the news in Lagos.

He said that Prof. Yusuf pledged his loyalty to President Buhari and is willing to fully cooperate with the incoming Director, Mr. Ben Omogo.

The Statement read;

“Our attention has been drawn to the false news making rounds that our client, Prof. Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary (ES) of NHIS, has taken the Presidency to Court over his purported suspension by the Governing Board.

As Counsel to Prof. Yusuf, we wish to place on record that there is no iota of truth in this story, and that he has not taken the President or the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to Court as alleged.

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Instead, our Client had, through our firm, approached the Federal High Court vide an originating summons filed on 29th October 2018 in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1220/2018, with him as Plaintiff while NHIS, Hon. Minister of Health, and Attorney General were named as defendants.

By this action, he was essentially seeking the judicial interpretation and determination of certain questions pertaining the propriety or otherwise of the Governing Council’s action in suspending him from office without Presidential approval or due process.”

The counsel said further that Prof Yusuf welcomed President Buhari’s intervention in the NHIS leadership crisis and appreciated the letter he received from the SGF directing him to go on administrative leave.

According to Val-Obi, Yusuf will accordingly be proceeding on the Administrative Leave with effect from Monday, Nov. 5, to give room to the Independent Fact-Finding Panel, set up to carry out its important task of investigation.

“In view of this development, to ensure that there is no interference with the work and finding of the panel and as instructed by our client, we shall be taking prompt steps to suspend the pending legal proceedings aforesaid,” he said.

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