Opinion – Nigerians Please Don’t Make Segun’s Suicide Case About You

Segun’s Suicide Case

It is very heartbreaking that we still read suicide stories about young people in a country with so much promise from the young generation. Nigerians and especially the younger generation are very resilient and creative people if you’d agree with me, but what happens if every young person who is experiencing a tough situation resorts to suicide?

We should always remember that Most people who consider suicide don’t really want to die, they just don’t know how to cope with or eliminate the pain they are going through. If you know someone who is suicidal or you are suicidal yourself, getting professional help and learning suicide prevention strategies can be of significant help.

In less than two months, there have been over ten reported cases of suicide among Nigerian students and young people alike. Recent reports had Segun, a ‘JAMBITE’ who failed JAMB and resorted to taking his own life, Chukwuemeka who had been struggling with mental issues at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and who also took his own life. Luckily, with Segun, his attempt was a failed one as reports have it.

The question we should ask is this – What can we do to help us?

Segun's Suicide Case

Why have these young people chosen to take their own life, why do they seek comfort (for whatever they are going through) in the cold arms of death?

In Segun’s case, we may all agree that failing his UTME exam was a very trivial reason to take his life. I mean, people fail JAMB all the time. But I will not entirely blame him and I hope that he recovers in the end (You can read Segun’s Story here). I will partly blame his family, his friends, and the society who has failed to show him that beyond failure is the opportunity to do and become better.

This post, however, is not about Segun, it, however, is a message to celebrities, politicians, probably pastors and “philanthropists”  A message of plea, Please don’t use this opportunity to tell Nigerians that you really care, when in fact, you majorly just care about promoting your Mr-do-good agenda!

Segun will hopefully make it alive and it will trend on social media and each of the above group would want to identify with him to make themselves feel better about themselves. Please, all of you take off your garment of hypocrisy and hit the nail on the head.

I imagine a politician saying something like this ‘I will sponsor Segun with 10 million for his education’ please, please, please!  No!  Let’s find a way to control and manage the rate of suicide among young people.

We should talk about these on every social media network out there. We should find solutions to this problem because we know the root cause of suicides among young people, and pressure from school is one.

So let there be hotlines a depressed person can call, there should be open meetings where suicidal persons can meet and talk over a counsellor. Social media influencers should talk more on this topic and give hope to people who may be feeling suicidal.

We should always remember that “Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting any better.” – Unknown

If you are ever feeling suicidal, you can call these helplines

  • +234(0)8062106483
  • +234(0)8092106493

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