HAVE WE BECOME A SUICIDAL PEOPLE?

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There is need for adequate attention to mental health services, writes Sonnie Ekwowusi

Have we become a suicidal people? Why am I asking this question today? Because last week was a suicide week in Nigeria. On 12th May 2019, Chukwuemeka Akachi, a budding poet, 400-level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN) committed suicide. On Monday, 14th May 2019 a Redeemed Christian Church of God,(RCCG) pastor Michael Arowosaiye committed suicide at Sunnyvale Estate, Lokogoma, Abuja over his accommodation problem.

In fact, the month of May 2019 has been a suicide month in Nigeria. For instance, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, a middle age man committed suicide by jumping down from the fifth floor of the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Oyo State. On the same May 1, 2019, Hikmat Gbadamosi, a 100-level student of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers committed suicide. She drank two bottles of snipers….



Source: Thisday Newspaper