Buhari sued over ‘missing N3.8bn health sector fund’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has filed a lawsuit against the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over his supposed inability to probe allegations that N3,836,685,213.13 is absent in the health sector.

SERAP guaranteed that the supposed missing public asset is intended for the Federal Ministry of Health, showing clinics, clinical centres, and National Food Drug Administration and Control.

It expressed this was recorded in the as of late delivered 2018 reviewed report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.

The suit is coming in the wake of the contention over Buhari’s movement to London for a “daily schedule” clinical registration at a time the country’s occupant specialists are protesting over neglected compensations, upward audit of peril remittances, and COVID-19 consideration motivating forces, leaving a large number of helpless Nigerians without admittance to clinical therapy.

 

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/433/2021 filed last week at the Federal High Court in Abuja, SERAP is seeking “an order of mandamus directing and compelling President Buhari to investigate alleged missing N3.8bn health funds, and to promptly investigate the extent and patterns of widespread corruption in the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres and NAFDAC.”

In the suit, SERAP argued that “Corruption in the health sector exacerbates inequality in already unequal and unfair political, social, and economic environments, and produces a ‘cash and carry’ health care system based on one’s ability to pay for care or one’s political position.

“Transparency and accountability in the management of health funds is essential for promoting access of people living in poverty to physical and mental healthcare, satisfactory health conditions, equality and non-discrimination, development, as well as good governance and the rule of law.

“The failure to investigate the alleged missing health funds, bring suspected perpetrators to justice, and to recover any missing public funds has exposed millions of poor Nigerians to serious health risks, amounting to violations of constitutional and international human rights and anti-corruption obligations.”

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