The convener, Lillian Ike Foundation, Chinwe Lillian Okafor has called on the federal government to improve the standard of living of Nigerians, saying that improvements in living standards, creating employment and provision of infrastructure will help in reducing suicide and suicidal thoughts in the country.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) asserts that close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, adding that 79 per cent of global suicides occurs in low- and middle-income countries.
Speaking during a rally in Abuja yesterday, in commemoration of World Suicide Prevention Day themed: ‘’Abuja Walk Against Suicide!’’ Okafor disclosed that improving the living standards and provision of infrastructure for citizens is part of the moral values, adding that moral value means placing national interests above personal interests.
‘’Corruption is part of the things affecting us. If we know that whatever is entrusted to us, we must use it to deliver the best of care, judicious use of resources will lead to better service delivery, good roads, good housing, and of course, poverty reduction are part of determinants of life expectancy,’’ she said.
She decried that more Nigerians are attempting suicide every year, adding that suicide attempt is one of the most important risk factors for suicide in the general population.
Okafor, however, urged Nigerians to seek help and talk to someone rather than committing suicide.
‘’If you suspect that a family member or friend may be considering suicide, talk to them about your concerns. You can begin the conversation by asking questions in a non-judgemental and non-confrontational way,’’ she said.
She added that banning suicide was good, but improving the standard of living of Nigerians was better.
Osinbajo Presides Over NEC Meeting
Oil Prices Edge Up After Turbulent Week
UAE To Join The U.S.-Led Naval Force In Gulf
Kogi Guber: PDP Crisis Deepens As Ibrahim Heads To Court
Kwara APC, PDP Bicker Over AbdulRazaq’s Performance
Tribunal Upholds Election Of Gov Bello
Sanwo-Olu Supports South African Returnees With N6.3m
NEWS16 hours ago
Just In: PMB Suspends HoS Oyo-Ita
NEWS22 hours ago
30M Nigerians Affected With Hepatitis Virus
POLITICS20 hours ago
Kogi Guber: PDP Crisis Deepens As Former Gov’s Son, Abubakar Ibrahim, Heads To Court
COVER STORIES11 hours ago
N3bn Contract Scam: PMB Suspends Head Of Service, Oyo-Ita
EDUCATION22 hours ago
LASPOTECH Gets Full Accreditation For 66 Programmes
COVER STORIES11 hours ago
38 New SANs Take Oath Monday
BUSINESS23 hours ago
Sterling Falls After Weaker Than Expected Inflation
BUSINESS22 hours ago
Gold Holds Tight Range As Investors Await Fed Verdict