Embattled executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, has said that corrupt and powerful people are behind his recent ordeal.
Yusuf, who was suspended by the NHIS governing board last week, dismissed the allegations that he was mismanaging funds belonging to the agency.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, the NHIS executive secretary said he has been at the forefront of whistleblowing policies that have helped the EFCC and ICPC recover funds stolen from the agency.
He noted that he has been going through “unnecessary accusations of fraud” since he came on board at the NHIS but he cannot be stopped by powerful people who are trying to steal the ‘people’s funds’.
“They’re doing that just to intimidate and stop me from doing my good work. They have failed, I will never succumb to their ploy, I think they have to change plan,” Yusuf told BBC Hausa.
“I told everyone when I came on board that the public funds in the commission belong to Nigerians, no one should tamper with that money, including myself.
“If I’m corrupt, EFCC and ICPC are currently recovering billions of naira from my whistleblowing in the commission and I have never been indicted by the anti-corruption agencies.
“My ordeal as the executive secretary of NHIS may be connected with NHIS agents who think that I stepped on their toes and you know these people are powerful and they are well established in the previous administration.
“Those NHIS agents, I told them to pay back their debts which has already run to billions of naira. After initial investigation, I learnt that so many abnormalities need to be corrected.”
Isaac Adewole, minister of health, has first suspended Yusuf – over similar allegations – last year but he was reinstated following the president’s intervention.