In an attempt to bring attention to the growing number of suicides across the country, the Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria, Lagos State Mediation Centre, an agency under the Lagos State Ministry of Justice is embarking on a walk tagged #WAS (WALK AGAINST SUICIDE).
The decision to embark on this social responsibility gesture was disclosed by the President of the Association, Mr. Chris Kehinde Nwandu (CKN) during a press conference held in Lagos during the week.
Speaking on behalf of the Association, CKN said the prevailing socio-economic situation in Nigeria over the years has brought some level of frustration to the people. This could be as a result of the collapse of the communal extended family structures which Nigerians have been noted for over the decades as well as the dwindling economic situation in the country. Instances of abuses, poverty, relationships gone soar and academic frustration have also been identified as some of the factors leading to suicides in recent times.
According to him, “the Association is of the opinion that religious leaders, as well as those in government circles, have shied away from their responsibilities to the people in this regard. Some of the victims believed they had no other option than to terminate their lives.”
The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN) advocates that immediate attention should be drawn towards this increasing scourge.
The Objectives of the Walk which holds on Tuesday 25th June 2019 in Lagos include
Bring the attention of Government to the rising cases of Suicides
Create awareness that Suicide is not the best option for any problem.
Give hopes to those in need
Bring back the communal life for which Nigerians are not for.
Create an avenue for counseling for those under severe depression
The convoy will march from Ikeja Bus Stop and terminate at the Lagos State Ikeja –Lagos Secretariat starting from 8 am