Don’t commit that suicide – Vanguard News


By Adewale Kupoluyi

THE increasing cases of suicide in the nation require paying closer attention to the problem. In the last few days, weeks and months, many people, mostly youths, have taken their lives prematurely. Not only is the country losing a chunk of its priceless assets, family, friends and well-wishers of suicide victims are thrown into despair and great sorrow. At the end, it is the society at large that losses out. A recent report of the World Health Organisation, WHO, stated that every 40 seconds, suicide tops the chart as the number one killer, just as Nigerians have been committing suicide in the last few years.

Reported suicidal cases are many, while unreported ones are equally significant. Family members of victims usually prefer to keep quiet over suicide because of the social stigma attached to it and the fact that  it is frowned at by various religions, cultures and traditions in Africa. For emphasis, some of the reported cases include that of a Lagos…

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