In response to recent comments made by Professor Usman Yusuf, the former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), human rights advocate and lawyer Chidi Odinkalu said he had no idea why the Southeast region was staying silent about the country’s current economic crisis.

Odinkalu claims that Professor Yusuf isn’t paying attention to what he said.

Professor Yusuf recently stated in an interview with Arise TV that the Southeast has been silent about the hardships facing the nation, and he encouraged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to investigate the cause of the silence.

The former head of the NHIS acknowledged that silence exists in the North but stated that it is more lethal there than anywhere else in the nation.

Nigerians are suffering, according to Professor Yusuf, who urged President Tinubu to feed the populace before things got out of control.

He said, “I honestly don’t know why the Southeast is 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.”

Professor Yusuf made his speech after the demonstrations against the nation’s economic suffering that started in several areas of the North and South-West.

“My friend, Prof Usman Yusuf, is asking why South-East Nigeria is not up in a cacophony of postulations over economic hardship in Nigeria, Surely he is not a serious fellow, is he?” Chidi Odinkalu stated in response to Professor Yusuf’s statement.

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