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Okoh laments rising cases of suicide, urges action against poverty

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Concerned about the rising cases of suicide in the country, Primate of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Rt. Rev. Nicholas Okoh has appealed to public officers to address the hardship confronting the masses due to economic recession.

Okoh, who spoke in Abuja at the end of a seven-day prayer session tagged “The Power of Atonement,” said the rate of suicide attempts among Nigerians recently is becoming worrisome, adding that the situation is being compounded by economic hardship.

He said: “We will ask a psychologist to do a research on the rising cases of suicides, but frankly speaking the situation in the country is harsh. Those who don’t have the capacity to adapt to this situation can end up not only jumping into the sea but become mentally derailed. So we appeal to our leaders to pay more attention to the harsh situation in the country.”

The cleric who lamented the delay in addressing the menace of armed Fulani herdsmen said: “Communities have been devastated. But nobody has done anything about this. At least, that is the impression the public has now. We have a large army, navy and very effective air force. Why can’t these herdsmen be disarmed?”


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