8 Things Nigerians do that is suicidal

It is no longer news that in addition to being randomly killed by one of cattle rustling bandits, ethnic clashes, politically related violence, arms bearing herdsmen, armed robbers, and lastly the dreaded Boko Haram, Nigerians in their numbers and across different age brackets are also committing suicide.

The rates could be higher because not all cases will get to the media. And as it were, if they are not jumping into the Lagoon or other bodies of water and taking a cocktail of a sniper, they are hanging themselves by the ceiling fan and the likes.

So far, the scourge has been blamed on a number of factors like a failure in examination, emotional disappointments, unemployment blah, blah, blah!

Meanwhile, all these advanced causes can be punctured in one way or the other because there are people who actually suffered the same conditions if not more and didn't take their lives.

So, it is clear to me that people commit suicide not necessarily because of these aforementioned causes. But because the coping mechanisms available to them are either weak or non-existent when life throws at them it curved bows.

For this reason, however, in their usual reactionary manners the government at the center has decided to place a blanket ban on a number of things that have been linked with the recent suicide cases.

The latest is the mooted ban on the production of a sniper in small sizes. You would recall that the government sometimes ago placed a ban on pharmaceutical drugs like tramadol and codeine purportedly because Nigerians were reportedly abusing them.  Yet, these items somehow still find their way to their abusers.

What, therefore, remains to be ban some Nigerians have joked is the Lagoon and other bodies of water, ropes, and the likes which suicidal people also use to fast track their cowardly but damning intentions?

Good as the measure like banning may look; it will forever remain a far cry from what should be done to tackle some these spiking social malaises especially suicide.

Because at the end of the day, there are other instrumentalities to this unfortunate trend, like I mentioned earlier, that the government, even if they wanted to ban them, really can't do much about. 
Therefore, we are stuck somewhere not very close to our desire destination in terms of solution.
Now I hope and pray I don't sound pessimistic if I say that the incidents of suicide have always been with us and will always be with us.

Just as we have in more developed countries like China which has one of the worst suicide records in the world, there are shreds of evidence of legal and illegal suicides everywhere you turn. In some western countries, euthanasia is legal.

Likewise in ancient Yoruba societies, kings and their subjects have been forced to commit suicide purportedly for breaching certain section of societal or royal codes the same way people commit suicide for reasons ranging from serious to ridiculous.

The culpable king is forced to open the ‘death calabash’ and he is home and dry. Isn’t that a form of euthanasia?

For example, I also have a friend back in the day, who committed suicide because he was sexually impotent.

While it might be instructive that even the most developed countries of the world in terms of social, political, and economic systems are also grappling with the same challenge, nevertheless, we cannot still excuse our situation from been seeing for what it is.  It is drastic! And a drastic situation they say requires drastic action or response if you prefer.

It, therefore, means that a holistic national action plan with inputs from the relevant stakeholders is urgently required to stem the tide of the scourge.

And as if the conspicuous ways people commit suicides are not enough, there are other ways in which Nigerians, just like suicidal people from around the world commit suicide with little or no attention being called to them.

Maybe because some of them are regular actions and inactions that’s why people don’t think there should be a conversation around them.

In this post, I’ve listed a few of them, eight to be precise. And they are as follow.

1. Over speeding. Over speeding is universally acknowledge the cause of untimely deaths of people.  
Nigerians also indulge in this act despite repeated warning from the relevant agency like the federal road safety Corp which has over the years been involved in sensitization campaigns across the country.

So, the point I’m making is the moment you are as a driver is tempted to over speed, you are simply making suicidal moves.

And if people around fail to intervene by cautioning you, it might actually happen and we will all be sorry at the end of the day.

2. Dating a married woman. Lustful people, I know, dates for the game of pleasure. And it is fine if done with single ladies.

However, there are people who go out of their way to make passes at married women. And I’ve seen people paid with their lives right from when I was a teenager.

If they are not a victim of diabolical Magun which the husbands of the coquettish wives may have laced them with, they are been attacked physically sometimes with deathly consequence.  

3. Disobeying the traffic light. Disobeying traffic rules is a known cause of untimely deaths in major cities around the world and Nigeria is not excluded.

I’ve seen accidents with casualties which ought not to have happened around these strategic points in our cities simply because of road users deliberately ignore the instructions of these machines.

They are either in a haste to get somewhere or because there is no traffic on the other lanes and so just decided to a chance. The resultant outcomes have always not been palatable.

4. Drinking and driving. ‘If you drink, don’t drive; and if you drive don’t drink is a popular campaign slogan on our radio and television stations’.

Unfortunately, it has often gone unheeded to by road users who are addicted to alcohol. For this willful act, a lot of road users have not only killed themselves, they have also killed others.

5. Making and receiving a call while driving. Making and receiving calls while driving I’m aware has been outlawed in Nigeria.

Nevertheless, people can still be seen willfully engaging in it everywhere you turn. It is suicidal and a lot of people have actually lost their lives directly or indirectly from the act.

6. Drug addiction. Drug addiction can be likened to suicidal attempt because while under the influence of one psychotropic substance or the other people get to do some desperately self-endangering stunt without knowing.

In fact, many drug addicts have died from over-indulging in drugs that are proven to be addictive.

7. Allowing pressure of worldly standard gets to them. Allowing the pressure of worldly standards to get to you also could be suicidal.

This is a trap many people, especially the youths, fall into because they are unable to put on their ability to selectively expose themselves to the display of questionable wealthy whether on social media or in real life situation.

This has the capacity to push them into desperately craving for things through the wrong approaches.
Every now and then, we hear of youths who get involved in diabolical activities to get rich. 

This, of course, is responsible for the rising incidents of deaths amongst the youths in Nigeria.  
8. Not getting enough sleep before embarking on activities that may put your life on the line. This is very common among commercial drivers who travel the length and breadth of the country.

Most times they don’t get enough sleep while they are under pressure to meet an occupational deadline.

This act of negligence has more often than not resulted in avoidable deaths of culpable drivers and innocent travelers who have no clue what the drivers are been subjected to by their employers. 

You are free to add to the list if you know of any that I've unintentionally omitted. 

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