SERAP Sues Buhari Over Missing N3.8bn Health Fund

Argues that corruption has worsened the inequality in seeking for medical attention in the country.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been sued over “his failure to probe allegations that ₦3,836,685,213.13 of public funds meant for the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres, and National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are missing, mismanaged, diverted or stolen, as documented in the recently released 2018 audited report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), via a statement issued on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, said it has filed a lawsuit against the President.

President Buhari is currently away from the country on a medical trip to the UK

The lawsuit is in the heels of the industrial action embarked upon by resident doctors over unpaid salaries, upward review of hazard allowances, and COVID-19 care incentives, which SERAP deplores has denied millions Nigerians access to medical care.

In the suit with 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.”

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

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