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Former NHIS Boss Expresses Concern over Economic Hardship in the South East

Former NHIS Boss Expresses Concern over Economic Hardship in the South East

Professor Usman Yusuf, former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), expressed surprise on Saturday at the relative calm in the South Eastern region of Nigeria despite the worsening economic struggles faced by the country.

During an appearance on Arise Television’s Morning Show programme, Yusuf shared his thoughts on the current situation. He also urged the President to take immediate action by purchasing food, flooding the market, and ensuring that the people are fed before the situation worsens.

While there have been agitations against hunger and economic challenges in various parts of the country, particularly the South West and Northern regions, Yusuf found it surprising that the South East has remained relatively quiet.

He stated, “I genuinely don’t understand why the South East is uncharacteristically quiet. However, the President needs to investigate. The North is where I reside, and it is where my roots lie. The silence in the North is more dangerous than anywhere else in the country, and the President needs to pay attention to that.”

Yusuf emphasized that the silence from the suffering people in the North, particularly as the holy month of Ramadan approaches, is a cause for concern. He urged the President to take immediate action by providing food and flooding the market to ensure that people do not suffer further.

“The entire country is experiencing hardship and hunger. We hope you listen. Do not rely solely on your advisers. Allocate a significant amount of funds for food and do not wait for the governors to act,” Yusuf added.

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