A socio-cultural group, Ijesa People in the Diaspora has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the ongoing dispute between the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole and the reinstated NHIS boss, Prof Usman Yusuf before it degenerates into a life threatening escapade for the minister.
In a statement by the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the group, High Chief Bobaseye Fasakin in Lagos, the manner of the NHIS Executive Secretary’s dismissal and onward recall to his office by the President has breeded irreconcilable differences that might put Adewole’s life in danger.
Fasakin who recalled the circumstances leading to the death of a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Chief Ajibola Ige urged the President to save “their man” from the hyenas and jackals who might want to silence him with the decision.
His words “We have paid detailed and undivided attention to the irreconcilable differences between the federal ministry of health and one of her agency, NHIS on the suspension and recently recall of Prof Usman Yussuf back to office and the attendant uproar it has generated politically in the past couple of days, we are concerned about the safety of Prof Isaac Adewole as jackals and hyenas who are agents of victimization within the leadership structure of the presidency may be looking for his downfall by all means possible.”
“As students of history in Nigeria, we can remember the circumstantial situation that finally led to the murder of one of our brightest sons, the late cicero of Esa Oke, Chief James Ajibola Ige who was a serving attorney general and minister of justice in the administration of former president of Olusegun Obasanjo.”
“We are very cautious not to be categorical in our utterances but intelligence report revealed that caucus within the presidency as at then were instruments and agents used to execute the hatchet plan of victimizing, intimidating, molesting and eventual assassination of Late Bola Ige .”
Ijesa People In Diaspora said “It is within this context that we call for reinforcement of security apparatus in and around the educationist turned politician. In the last twenty nine months, the former vice chancellor of UI has distinguished himself as a valuable asset to the assemblage of progressive team of the Buhari led government to restore the lost fortunes of the health sector through the various technical interventions and laudable programmes he has embarked on.”
“We are impressed with the outcome of the recently published performances indices of sectors where the health ministry under Adewole was one of out of the six result oriented ministry of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, mentions were made about the revitalization of the 10,000 primary healthcare centres initiative, the north east emergency health and nutrition programme, the conceptualized production of vaccines locally and the too numerous to mention international funds he has facilitated into the country for achieving universal health coverage UHC.”
The group added that “We count on President Muhammadu Buhari to act swiftly and resolve the crisis within the shortest possible time as we continually admonish our son not to relent in bringing his wealth of experience to salvage the expected turnaround in the health sector for the good of all Nigerians.”