BY VICTORIA N. IKEANO
“Church’s gospel artiste commits suicide “Oko Polytechnic student commits suicide. “40 year-old teacher commits suicide
“Another final year student of UNN commits suicide” Above are samples of reported suicide incidents in Nigeria in recent times. Here are a few more examples. It was reported on April 6 that a Mathematics lecturer at the University of Ibadan committed suicide after “unfulfilled dreams of completing his PhD programme”. On the 19th of same month a 100 level student of Kogi State University, Anyagba killed herself after having been reportedly jilted by her boyfriend. Much earlier a youth in Jos took his own life for reportedly failing the Jamb examination, just as another youth who lives on the outskirts of Lagos had also committed suicide due to his inability to gain admission to a university after serially failing to make the Jamb cut-off mark. In the latter case the person concerned even live streamed it on his Face book page!
According to a research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) published in July 2018 Nigeria is ranked as the fifth suicide prone country in the world with a ratio of 15,000 suicides per 100,000. South Korea is listed as the most suicide prone, followed by Russia, India, Japan and then Nigeria. Other countries that make up the top ten are, in descending order, United States, France, South Africa, Australia and Canada. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is ranked 17th. In 2015 before suicide deaths came to the front burner, a survey by NOIPolls identified the following as causes of death in Nigeria: natural death 26 per cent; sickness 26 per cent; poverty (including malnutrition) 31 per cent; motor accidents 16 per cent. Clearly suicide incidents are now assuming a new dimension in our country and becoming a fad of sort for people who presumably feel they are ‘fed up with life”. All of us, not least government should be concerned. What are its underlying cause/causes?