The recent report in some newspapers including the Blueprint that President Muhammadu Buhari has used a presidential order to reinstate one Professor Yusuf to his former post is a great indictment on this government.
Many of us are agape that President Buhari, whose antecedents we have followed for over forty years as a patriot and nationalist, has suddenly changed to a tribal champion. Many things have taken place under this administration that one wonders whether the retired general, we all placed our hope on for a better future for this nation, is the same person whom the whole Nigerians beckoned at in 2015 to come and lead us from an inept government.
When many were complaining about the shoddy appointment in his government, which is a family affair, some of us including this 71-year-old writer defended the action at the risk of our lives believing and still believe that President Buhari is a just leader.
In this context arises the question, how much does the president believe that under his nose and sometimes with his permission certain things are committed with a great impunity?
However, one incident that for all times will remain in the minds of Nigerians is some of the actions and inactions of Mr President on many national issues. The present situation where citizens are treated differently under this dispensation calls for quick action and sober reflection.
Why would certain part of the country not ask for what they describe as restructuring when the present administration of President Buhari has embarked on what some people perceive as one sided and abuse of power?
Of particular significance is the case of a man who claims to be a professor and was given an appointment by the federal government where he was allegedly found wanting by his supervisor.
Professor Uman Yusuf was appointed into public office as the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and along the line; he was accused of gross misconduct while on duty.
While the supervisory Federal Ministry of Health suspended him, the man went berserk and insulted the office of the minister, saying all sort of things that only President Buhari can suspend him over the allegations which indicted him of wrong doings, ranging from nepotism to theft of public funds.
Unfortunately, President Buhari played into the hands of some tribal champions from his state of origin (Katsina) to re-instate the embattled professor without any consideration for the report of the ministerial panel.
The president may not know that during his absence for a medical check-up, the professor has boastfully told those who are ready to listen that the minister cannot do anything whatever his alleged offences.
President Buhari should revisit the ministerial panel report over the professor’s short and sad tenure at the NHIS, his alleged involvement of diverting NHIS allocation to an individual business in Kaduna.
Again, in your absence, the professor turned what is merely an official thing to tribal issue by calling the erudite professor and Minister of Health,
Professor Adewole, unprintable names and used his cohorts who told us that the President is only for them and they could go away with anything they like.
President Buhari should urgently rescind the order to reinstate Professor Usman Yusuf, look into the panel report and act accordingly. Yusuf is not above the law and should respect constituted authority.
The action of President Buhari, as reported in many newspapers, may bring disrepute to his government from all fronts where alleged acts of indiscipline are tolerated. The time for Change is Now!
Finally, the reinstatement of Professor Yusuf to NHIS is likely to create more problems for the organization and he should be made to leave the job and go back to where he belongs.
Tajudeen A. Tijjani writes from