The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has drawn the attention of the Federal Government to the growing incidence of suicide among the youths in the country.
The party said although suicide is regarded as a despicable act in our culture, many youths have been forced into the act due to frustration, economic pressures and sense of hopelessness.
In s statement issued Monday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Emma Eneukwu, ANPP said the alarming increase in youth suicide mission is traceable to the absence of a solid government-driven social security programme which they could fall back on for succour.
“There have been many cases of suicide, both reported and unreported in recent times. Although we believe that suicide is a despicable act which is alien to our inherent African culture and we strongly condemn it and any individual contemplating that the upsurge in this social malady is a threat to the future of our great nation,” he said.
Quoting statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO), ANPP said suicide is now among the three leading causes of death for people aged 15-44.
The party expressed sadness that youth suicide is increasing at the highest rate in our great nation and may exceed the record in other countries if nothing is done to arrest it.
“We believe that many Nigerians are living a secret life of torment because of deepening social-economic pressures and sense of hopelessness traceable to the absence of a solid government-driven social security programme which they could to fall back on,” Eneukwu said.
ANPP called on the National Assembly to make social security an enforceable right of the people and include a vibrant youth-friendly social security framework in the ongoing constitution amendment.