Abuja - Timothy Esimagbele, President,
God’s Kingdom Society (GKS), has expressed regret at reports of rising rates of
suicide in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
In a statement, the church president said that cases of suicide, which were
rare occurrences in the past, have now become rampant.
“Despite the hard economic conditions, people should not give in to suicidal
tendencies but should continually look to their Creator for guidance and
sustenance’’ the cleric said.
It added that suicide rates had risen with such problems as unpaid salaries,
loss of jobs, inability to pay back loans and foot bills.
The statement noted that some people preferred to take their own lives than
suffer the bitter shame of their outraged feelings.
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He warned that human life was sacred, and that no one had the right to take his
or her own life.
He attributed the rising rate of suicides to lack of mutual love and social
support system which was an integral part of Africans.
It added that compared to other regions, more African countries were
experiencing post-conflict tensions, forcing hundreds, if not thousands, of its
youths into daily dangerous journeys abroad.
The cleric urged people in various troubles not to take to drugs or join secret
societies and miracle workers to avoid being exposed to “deceptions of a most
impudent and virulent kind’’.
The statement urged people in various troubles to turn to Jesus Christ for
direction and sustenance.