The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday alleged that cabals in the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have turned the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) into their “Automated Teller Machine (ATM) where funds are taken at their conveniences.”
PDP made the disclosure while alleging of fresh plot by the APC-led Federal Government to loot another N25 billion from the coffers of the Scheme.
A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the APC and the Presidency had been “bleeding the nation”, adding that “the very idea of stealing funds meant to provide health lifeline to the already impoverished Nigerians is agonizing and shows that the ruling party has lost all scruples.”
The former ruling party said Nigerians were still lamenting the “N10 billion stolen earlier from the agency’s savings in the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by presidency
The statement reads, “Our nation is now faced with daily pillaging of our national patrimony by APC interests and a notorious cabal, who, operating under the cover and protection of the Buhari Presidency, have turned our revenue agencies, particularly the NHIS into cashcows to painfully milk funds for APC’s ill-fated 2019 re-election bid.
“When we say that this Buhari administration is debauched, many do not realize to what extent. This administration is so brazen in stealing in the NHIS that the Presidency has to recall and reinstate the indicted
Executive Secretary of the Scheme, Prof. Usman Yakubu, while he was still being quizzed by the EFCC for alleged corruption.
“Betraying its complicity in the NHIS racket, the Presidency has refused to speak out on allegations that it reinstated the suspended Executive Secretary to conceal the earlier looting and protect members of the cabal and has also refused to order any form of investigation in the exposed frauds.
“The magnitude of direct looting that is going on in revenue agencies, such as the NNPC, Nigerian Ports Authority, Customs, Federal Inland Revenue Services, MDAs and even the TSA already infiltrated by Presidency cabal and APC interests, who hide under spurious investment portfolios, inflated concessions, allocations, jobs and other financial sleazes to siphon public funds are better imagined.
“In the last three years, the nation has witnessed unparalled impunity to the extent that the President could even unilaterally make approval of releases of public funds without recourse to the legislative instrument of the appropriation.
“We also want to remind Nigerians that this administration has refused to take any step to investigate the alleged stealing of N9 trillion ($25billion dollars) in NNPC through corrupt contracts, the alleged diverting of N1.1trillion worth of crude to service APC interests, the alleged stealing of N18 billion Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) funds among other grafts.
“This Buhari-led APC administration is fast looting our nation into an economic desert and we urge Nigerians not to spare any thought in voting them out come 2019.”