Economic hardship: ‘I don’t know why South East is quiet’ – Ex-NHIS boss, Yusuf

Professor Usman Yusuf, former Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, on Saturday, said he is surprised the South Eastern part of the country has remained quiet amid the worsening economic hardship facing the country.


This is even as he urged the President to buy food, flood the market and feed the people before things get too late.


Yusuf made this known on Saturday while fielding questions on Arise Television’s Morning Show programme.


There have been agitations against the increasing hunger in some parts of the country, most of them from the southwest and northern part of the country.


However, Yusuf found it surprising that the South East has remained calm.


He said: “I honestly don’t know why the South East is quiet, uncharacteristically quiet. But the President needs to find out. The North is where I know I live; even my heritage is. The silence in the North is more lethal than anywhere else in the country. And the President needs to listen to that.


“The silence in the North, from the people of the North in spite of the suffering people are going through, is more lethal than people coming out.


“We are going into the month of Ramadan, people are going to pray. We ask the President to buy food, flood the market and feed the people before things get too late.


“The whole country is suffering. There’s hunger in the land. We hope you listen. Don’t listen to your advisers. Bring a whole lot of money for food, don’t wait for the governors.”

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  1. The Igbos as tribe have never depended on the government to put food on there table, that is why as a tribe they celebrate success and not failure. it does not matter how the success comes they celebrate(which personally I disapprove) unlike the Northerners that depend on government for everything.

    1. Is this something you say to make yourself happy?

  2. The rising cost of living still affect them, but again it adds more money to their pockets as the real business people in Nigeria

  3. Igbos are not the one producing cement, rice, yams, and other food items in the country. All these are coming from the same people shouting hunger, hunger. What exactly do want the south easterners to say? Leave the Igbos alone. When they say, you are not comfortable with their utterances, when silent you are not good with their silence, let them be.


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