Nigeria’s Dwindling Economic Fortune Cause Of Prevalent Suicides — GPBN
The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) has lamented the dwindling economic fortune prevalent among the country’s citizens, adding that this could have accounted for the increasing suicide rate among young people.
Speaking at a Press conference which held in Lagos during the week, the President of the Association, Mr Chris Kehinde Nwandu (CKN) said “The prevailing socio-economic situation in Nigeria over the years has brought some level of frustration to the people and has made Nigerians lose hope by resorting to suicide.”
Nwandu added that this could be as a result of the collapse of the communal extended family structures which Nigerians have been noted for over the decades as well as the dwindling economic situation in the country.
He quoted instances of abuses, poverty, relationships gone soar and academic frustration that have also been identified as some of the factors leading to suicides in recent times.
The Association is of the opinion that religious leaders as well as those in government circles have shied away from their responsibilities to the people in this regard. Some of the victims believed they had no other option than to terminate their lives.
The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) advocates that immediate attention should be drawn towards this increasing scourge.
To this end, the Guild in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria and Lagos State Mediation Centre, an agency under the Lagos State Ministry of Justice is embarking on a walk tagged #WAS (WALK AGAINST SUICIDE) in an attempt to bring attention to the growing number of suicides across the country.
The Objectives of the Walk which holds on Tuesday 25th June 2019 in Lagos include
• Bring attention of Government to the rising cases of Suicides
• Create awareness that Suicide is not the best option to any problem.
• Give hopes to those in need
• Bring back the close and extended communal life for which Nigerian people are known for.
• Create an avenue for counseling for those under severe depression
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