Yusufgate: Reinstated Secretary Yusuf, Resumes As Protest For His Removal Begins


THE suspended Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf has resumed duty but this is without a protest from some employees of the establishment demanding his removal.

Mr. Yusuf was reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari after he was suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in July 2017, following allegations of gross misconduct.

A panel commissioned by the minister after Mr. Yusuf’s suspension later found him culpable of infractions that ranged from nepotism to theft of public funds.

The protest which began at the headquarters of the agency in Abuja on Thursday saw protesters who describing the reinstatament saga as ‘Yusufgate.’

They said it was a mockery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

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Addressing journalists on the premises of the agency, the Chairman of the NHIS arm of the union, Mr. Razaq Omomeji, said the protests would continue until Buhari reversed Yusuf’s reinstatement.

Omomeji said Yusuf had bastardised the scheme and his return would only worsen affairs at the agency.