A staff of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) committed suicide a day after facing a disciplinary panel set up to investigate an incident he was involved in. He took his life on Wednesday September 11, after facing the disciplinary panel set up to investigate the incident on Tuesday September 10. He is survived by a wife and three children.
In his reaction to the sad development the Chief Executive Officer of Okebadan oil and gas, Aare Wole Arisekola’s, gave reasons why the alarming rate of suicide among Nigerians might not abate soonest. He said” This is really unfortunate. I have said it before and will say it again suicide will multiply in Nigeria not because times are hard. Times were HARD way back before now. The problem now is that adults are increasingly immature and the society is increasingly frivolous.”
“People have no true friends, because friends now see themselves as rivals. Back stabbers/biters now masquerade as friends. Problem shared now becomes public information,” He said.
Okebadan noted further that “There’s a rat race going on and it’s measured by fleeting wealth and nothing else true and lasting. Setbacks are mourned as a wasted life by those who should give love and genuine support. Men who rose through their friend’s magnanimity are now digging graves for such friends. So troubled man becomes a butt of jokes by those in whom he reposed his trust.
“Calamities befall men and their friends shed tears in the morning and run them down at night. Adults now behave like children. The man can’t even tell his wife because he is sure she won’t understand. He has seen her divulge little details to her family. He has heard her eulogize wealth and curse set backs as abomination. She has a little merry heart. Men now gossip like women.”
“The cleric can’t be trusted because he is given to flamboyant cars and lots of worldly ambition. He rates men by their earthly successes and wealth. He can’t be trusted because wealth he says, is the ultimate blessing from God. Everyday he celebrates only the rich.
“So the troubled man walks around with his troubles in his heart, smiles at all the children masquerading as adults around him. One day, he would weigh it all over again and say no, it’s enough,”He stated.
“True and matured friends are now very scarce. No true ears to talk to in times of trouble, no honest shoulder to lay on in times of weakness and a culmination of all these is why depression-induced suicide is sadly on a rise.”
“Can we all rise and fight this menace called depression in truth? Can you work and encourage others to assume the role(s) of true friend(s)? Can we jointly reinstate the intergrity of the quote “Problem shared is half solved”?
Be your brothers keeper,” Wole arisekola Charges. Nigerians.