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SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Tobbydhayor90: 10:51am On Apr 04
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over “his failure to probe allegations that N3,836,685,213.13 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 suit is coming in the wake of the controversy over Buhari’s travel to London for a “routine” medical check-up at a time the country’s resident doctors are on strike over unpaid salaries, upward review of hazard allowances, and COVID-19 care incentives, leaving millions of poor Nigerians without access to medical treatment.

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 is arguing 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.”

According to SERAP: “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.”

SERAP is also arguing that, “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.”

According to SERAP: “The fight against corruption in the health sector is vital for the effective enjoyment of the right to health by socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians, which in turn is essential to all aspects of a person’s life and well-being, and to the realisation of all the other fundamental human rights.”

Joined in the suit as Respondents are Mr Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation; and Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health.

The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Opeyemi Owolabi, read in part: “Corruption in the health sector forces socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians to seek health services and treatment in unsafe and unregulated environments, leaving them susceptible to avoidable injuries and death.”

“Poor Nigerians are not enjoying the right to health maximally because the Nigerian government is failing to address systemic corruption in the health sector, thereby rendering the authorities incapable of providing the basic amenities, infrastructure and resources that facilitate the full enjoyment of the right to health.”

“A corrupt and dysfunctional health care system can hardly fulfil the physical and health needs of citizens. Such a system denies people access to the highest attainable standard of health care and simultaneously undermines their ability to pursue personal development and prosperity.”

“The Nigerian government has the legal obligations to take the necessary measures to protect the health of the Nigerian people and to ensure that they receive medical attention when they are sick.”

“This means taking prompt measures to investigate the alleged missing health funds, to ensure that health systems can deliver quality health care and services in an equal and non-discriminatory manner.”

“The failure to promptly investigate the alleged missing health funds, bring suspected perpetrators to justice and to recover any missing public funds has continued to have serious implications for the ability of the government particularly the health ministry and agencies under its control to meet the health needs of socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians.”

“By the combined reading of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended], the Public Procurement Act, and the country’s obligations including under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, President Buhari and his government have legal duties to promptly probe allegations of corruption in the spending of health funds, and to ensure access of poor Nigerians to quality healthcare.”

SERAP is also seeking the following reliefs:

1. AN ORDER granting leave to the Applicant to apply for judicial review to enable the Applicant seek an order of mandamus directing and compelling the 1st Respondent to direct the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate allegations that N3,836,685,213.13 of public funds budgeted for the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres and NAFDAC are missing, and unaccounted for.

2. AN ORDER granting leave to the Applicant to apply for judicial review to enable the Applicant seek an order of mandamus directing and compelling the 1st Respondent to direct the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to promptly investigate the extent and patterns of widespread corruption in the Federal Ministry of Health, Teaching Hospitals, Medical Centres and NAFDAC indicted in the 2018 Audit Report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.

3. AN ORDER granting leave to the Applicant to apply for judicial review to enable the Applicant seek an order of mandamus directing and compelling the 1st and 2nd Respondents to take meaningful and effective measures to clean up an apparently entrenched system of corruption in the health sector

4. AND for such further order[s] the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

https://serap-nigeria.org/2021/04/04/serap-sues-buhari-over-missing-n3-8bn-health-funds/

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Seniorwriter(m): 11:24am On Apr 04
Nice...Let's see a measure of accountability and transparency as a people with a new awakening...how be it my church mind tells me it's a case of DOA -- Dead On Arrival!!!

BTW It is of importance to ask some very important questions
#How come Buhari never fell ill or in need of Medical Checkup during the heated covid 19 Lockdown?
#Why is there Abuja house in UK?
#Why can't we have a medical outfit that can attend to the medical needs of Nigerians no matter their power or financial status?
#Why haven't we heard anything about who ordered the military to shoot in Lekki during EndSars?
#Why has Buhari failed to Address the Nation in a Live and interactive session like most presidents around the world do over so many pressing agitations as regards Insecurity!

#EndSars
#EndbadGovernment
#HarassBuhariOutOfLondon

We Moooove!!!


Anyways ill still state it that the mantra to create a political paradigm shift by the youths in Nigeria is the key to a better Nigeria....

Just realized I'm the FTC...so in the spirit of accountability and readiness to see things get better ill be doing a SKILL SET GIVEAWAY that will help them earn at least $150 bi-weekly to the first 10 people that can be reached via Facebook to quote me with their Moniker....Normally I charge #100k for this viably tested SKILL SET TRAININGS.
Proactivity Leads To Productivity!!!!
@seniorwriter

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by getangry(m): 11:25am On Apr 04
sue sue everytime

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Xscape047: 11:25am On Apr 04
Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.


YOLo government

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Kiddinpoh(m): 11:25am On Apr 04
Anything about this contraption no longer interests me

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Nuttyboii: 11:25am On Apr 04
Buhari nawa for you ooo!!

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by DecentFriend(f): 11:25am On Apr 04
Hhhhhhmmmmmm......
Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Jestin: 11:25am On Apr 04
Omila Buhari have milked the country dry. Abeg who don cook Easter rice ?

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by EmekaBlue(m): 11:25am On Apr 04
Rubbish

Nothing Will happen

Yeye country

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Alejoas(f): 11:25am On Apr 04
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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by nubiangod9(m): 11:26am On Apr 04
Looted and stolen, the Nigerian way.

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by November24(f): 11:26am On Apr 04
These guys are trying,just that Nigeria is a lawless nation

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by budaatum: 11:26am On Apr 04
So, if buhari says, "oya, investigate", this case will be closed?

I would say what a waste of court time, but perhaps I misunderstand.
Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by LaIabobo: 11:26am On Apr 04
These serap guys are trying hard. Unfortunately, I doubt if they ever see the end of these cases and ultimatums. They always sue the govt, but we mostly never hear if they win or lose the fight

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by paulifera: 11:26am On Apr 04
Stealing in this govt ehn

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by CocoaOla: 11:27am On Apr 04
Apc group of professionals thief's that is invisible to effcc destroyed Nigeria with their impunity


CBN governor and buhari girlfriend minister of finance is busy Devaluing the naira increasing petrol prices and at they same time they are dumbfounded why made in naira goods prices are up clueless people

1naira will soon be equal to 0.0000000001 dollar
And
1dollar will be equal to 50,000 naira
Then inflation will rise to 10,000%

Then the stupid filthy animals called Nigerians
Will have sense to understand the meaning of good governance, justice and equality good human development without prejudice and evil politics

Nonsense generation at large a disgrace to every living things on earth.

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by brownemmanuel43(m): 11:27am On Apr 04
This is pure lie from the pit of hell. Either ipob or enemies of Nigeria are trying to thwart the good work of Afonjas Lord and personal saviour is doing, after PMB is the best thing that has ever happen to Nigerians according to Afonjas.
Let me not talk about Northerners that knows nothing only cow and fura.
Abeg Mak Una no mention me ohhhh I get small headach

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by SarkinYarki: 11:28am On Apr 04
Buhari is the definition of corruption from head to toe . He is what the english language calls " corruption personified"

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Amuluonyenaego: 11:28am On Apr 04
That old man (Buhari) should kuku step down naa

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Patrioticman007(m): 11:28am On Apr 04
What
Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Rhesusmonkey(m): 11:28am On Apr 04
Who else noticed that this SERAP is as useless as the P in the word "psychology" always suing and issuing ultimatums all the time yet nothing to show for it........

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by karzyharsky(m): 11:29am On Apr 04
Bamaso
Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Olobofife(m): 11:29am On Apr 04
Buhari, that man is dead

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by taiwolomo1(m): 11:29am On Apr 04
The way money de miss for this administration.... Only God knows who de chop am

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Judolisco(m): 11:30am On Apr 04
Which buhari una dey sue? D one wey dey Abuja or d one that's scared of his wife and ran to London
Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by Burruchaga71(m): 11:30am On Apr 04
Nothing will happen. The sharia judge will throw out the case. Unless people everywhere

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by MASTAkiLLAh(m): 11:30am On Apr 04
Everyday na Mr integrity yet money dey lost from his care like say na Anini be him house boy... Shiooor cool

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Re: SERAP Sues Buhari Over "Missing ₦3.8 Billion Health Funds" by onuman: 11:33am On Apr 04
Symbolic court exercise.

PMB is in power to pursue Fulani hegemony in Nigeria, and he is shielded by the large and undue number of 20 federating units (19 states and Abuja) proliferated in the northern region with accruing political over-representation from the northern region in the NASS, FEC, and CoSs at the central government in Abuja.

First seek for Restructure of Nigeria politically in a democratic set up in a National Confab where conferees are drawn equally from the three regions that formed independent Nigeria in 1960.

Country formed by regions don’t use land mass or population as criterion to proliferate too many states in a region with larger land mass or population, as was done in Nigeria by northern military dictators.

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