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Stakeholders decry high rate of suicide in Nigeria, want end to stigmatization



Stakeholders on Wednesday in Abuja decried high rate of suicide killing in Nigeria, describing it as strange in the country and called for synergy to curb the embarrassing situation.

Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi, President Medical Women International Association, made the observation in a speech delivered at the “Consultative Forum on Sharing Experiences for the Conduct of 2ndPeer Review of Nigeria”.

The forum was organised by the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa`s Development (AUDANEPAD).

The forum attracted women organisations, youths, people living with disabilities, Albino Association, among others, to brainstorm ahead of AUDANEPAD`s mandates in Africa, Nigeria in particular.

The review known as African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), is the process that gives member states a space for national dialogue on governance and socio-economic indicators and an opportunity to build consensus on a way forward.

Nwadinobi said besides the poor economic challenges in the country, there were some level of negligence of societal roles by eligible ones in the society, which could also contribute to some of these challenges.

She, however, expressed optimism that with cooperation in the society, Nigeria would overcome the challenge.

“There is something that is happening in our country that is very strange to us, and that is the increase level of suicide.

“So what we are doing here today is home grown, how we want our development to be in Nigeria, but not to allow people from outside to come and detect for us.

“Our message at this peer review mechanism is that, let there be economic empowerment for our development, be such that it will truly improve the lives of our women and girls.

“I want us, as we have our discussion today to remember that there are thousands of people up and down the country that have mental health issues who are in need of help,“ she said.

Nwadinobi also called for solution to such situation, looking at the associated causes rather that stigmatisation.

Also, Miss Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of Programmes YIAGA AFRICA, expressed worried over the population explosion in Africa and Nigeria in particular without strong economic support which according to her, may affect negatively on the society.

“On projection about the future, they always mention the fact that Africa will contribute the largest population of the world in the future.

“In fact projection shows that by 2050, Nigeria will be one of the 9thcountries with the largest population in the world, “ she said.

According to her, the situation is critical as Africa and Nigeria would be global players, hence the need for economic empowerment to sustain challenges associated with it.

Earlier, Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator AUDANEPAD, expressed satisfaction over the response by the participant to the forum, adding that it was to prepare the country towards the 2ndAPRM.

Akobundu said the major reasons for the forum was for the people of all categories to contribute and air their views on what should be a way forward for government to address issues of good governance.

She highlighted some of the objectives of the review to include, promoting economic growth and sustainable development.

Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola

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