Suicide Epidemic: Former Presidential Aide, Reno Omokri Proffers Solution

Suicide rates in Nigeria have risen sharply and is now a subject of national concern; former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has however suggested ways to the government of president Muhammadu Buhari to mitigate the unprecedented spike in suicide incidents in the country. Omokri in his tweet called on the president to recognise the urgency of the situation and set up a National Suicide Prevention Team.

The dad-of-two also mentioned that because the most popular poison for Nigerians who commit suicide has been the ‘Sniper’ insecticide, that it was time to ban the substance and similar substances.

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He then urged the president who has not quite spoken about the epidemic to address the nation and give hope to the hopeless.

See what he wrote below:

Dear President @MBuhari,

SUICIDE is at epidemic levels. I urge you to set up a National Suicide Prevention Team.

Ban sales of SNIPER and similar substances. But most importantly, address the nation and give hope to the hopeless. God bless you.

In a separate tweet, he posted that many Nigerians do not understand how pharmaceutical restrictions work, he went on to explain in the words below:

Many Nigerians don’t understand how the banning pharmaceuticals work. In advanced nations, substances, like sniper, are regulated. Before you can buy them, you need a certificate or a prescription. We need this. These substances shouldn’t just be available for sale to just anyone.”

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Former vice president and presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar took to his Twitter handle to address same subject yesterday, tweeting:

”The rate of suicide among our youth is worrisome. I believe that as parents and community, we need to pay close attention for early signs of depression among our young people, particularly in this depressing times.”

See Reno’s original tweet below:

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