The Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof Usman Yusuf on Thursday suspended a suit he filed before a Federal High Court seeking whether the Governing Board of the organisation has the powers to sack him.
Prof Yusuf also clarified the news making rounds that he sued the Presidency over his suspension. Rather he said the suit is not about the presidency but to seek judicial interpretations on the powers of the governing board in relation to his sack. Joined in the suit were the Minister of Health and the Attorney General of the Federation.
However in a medial release by his lawyer, Mr Uche Val Obi SAN, Prof Yusuf said he is withdrawing the suit in deference to the presidential directive asking him to proceed on administrative leave to allow the Presidential Fact Finding Team to do its job.
Below is the full text of the press release:
“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 of NIHS on 19th October 2018;
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
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 the Hon. 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 following due process
of law, as well as for consequential orders to set aside such
suspensory actions of Council including its appointment of a General
Manager in the Scheme to act in his place during the period of the
purported indefinite suspension.
This suit was served on the listed Defendants on 30th October 2018
before our Client received the letter from the office of the SGF on
31st October 2010 at at 4.30pm from the Honorable Minister of Health
directing him to proceed on Administrative Leave on the approval of
Having received the Presidential directives as conveyed in the SGF’s
letter aforesaid, our Client hereby confirms that he welcomes the
Presidential intervention and remains obligated to fully and strictly
comply with the directives. He will accordingly be proceeding on
Administrative Leave with effect from Monday, 5th November 2018 so as
to give room to the Independent Fact-Finding Panel set up by the
Federal Government to carry out its important task of investigating
the allegations of infractions levelled against him by the Governing
Council of the Scheme.
Similarly, our Client wishes to pledge his continued loyalty to Mr.
President and to fully cooperate with the incoming Overseeing
Director, Mr. Ben Omogo, with whom him he has already met, and the
Independent Fact-Finding Panel set up by the Presidency to deal with
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