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

President Muhammadu Buhari has been sued by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) over his alleged failure to probe allegations that N3,836,685,213.13 is missing in the health sector.

This is contained in the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/433/2021 filed last week by SERAP at the Federal High Court in Abuja, 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.”

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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