- The rising cases of suicide among Nigerians has been blamed on economic frustrations, by senators
- The senators said the problem was being compounded by the worsening economic problems in Nigeria
- Consequently, the lawmakers urged the federal govt to urgently create awareness on how to control stress and depression and establish trauma centres across the federation
The rising cases of suicide among Nigerians has been blamed on economic frustrations, particularly the high poverty level in the country, by senators across party lines.
The lawmakers reached the conclusion in separate submissions during debate on a motion sponsored by Theodore Orji (PDP-Abia Central) and 15 others on “Rising Incidence of Suicides Amongst Nigerians” on Tuesday, July 9, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the senators said the problem was being compounded by the worsening economic problems in Nigeria, as well as poor understanding of the country’s political economy.
Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti Central) stated: “Poverty is one issue that is confronting us in the face and which must be addressed holistically by government.
“As a parliament, we need to collaborate with the executive in getting the political will to address the problem of poverty and unemployment in the land.
“The political economy of the worrying situation must be dissected and required solutions taken through proactive budgetary appropriations on a yearly basis.”
For Senator Francis Fadahunsi (PDP-Osun East), the phenomenon was being fuelled by unemployment and despondency.
In his contribution, Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo South) observed that economically, “things are getting worse and worse every day”.
He said people were being driven to take their own lives as a result of a bleak future, hunger, unemployment and other economic challenges.
On his part, however, Senator Rochas Okoroacha (APC-Imo West) said suicidal instincts were being triggered by a lack of happiness arising from all manner of frustrations.
He said: “Most of our citizens are not happy. Our nation is characterised with unhappiness. Many people commit suicide because they lack the ability to express themselves or to share their feelings with people.
“When a government has failed to guarantee the happiness of the people, that government has failed to meet their expectations.”
Other legislators, including Gabriel Suswam and George Thompson Sekibo, also agreed that the chief cause of suicides was the absence of political will to fight the pervasive poverty in the land.
The Senate’s attention had earlier been drawn to the fact that “the rising cases of suicide, particularly among young Nigerians in recent times, have become very alarming,” by Sen Orji.
According to the lawmaker, it was regrettable that “many people commit suicide out of ignorance and situations that could be addressed.”
Following the debate, the Senate urged “the federal government through the Ministry of Information, National Orientation Agency and the Ministry of Health to urgently create awareness on how to control stress and depression and establish trauma centres across the federation.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Senate urged the federal government to ban the production, importation or circulation of Sniper insecticide, a product currently used to commit suicide.
This followed a motion sponsored by Senator Theodore Orji and 15 others on the rising incidence of suicides among Nigerians.
Orji, while making his presentation, noted with grave concern, the rising cases of suicide, particularly among young Nigerians.
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