A 50-year-old man, Chief Ekanem Edet, has taken his life at Mbiabong Itam in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and left a suicide note blaming President Muhammadu Buhari. Residents of Mbiabong Itam were shocked to discover the body of the former secretary of the Mbiabong Village Council dangling on the suspended rope from the roof of his house.
Edet, who was selling Ogogoro (local gin), cigarettes and other stimulants, according to family source, decided to take his life when it appeared he could no longer run his small family with the meagre earnings from his business.
Only God knows,” Okon Effiong, a close associate of the deceased, told journalists. Effiong said Edet’s body was discovered by his friend, who went to visit him that fateful day. His wife and two sons, it was gathered, had gone out at the time the man committed suicide.
“Later in the day, his friend came to check on him, only to discover that his longtime friend and confidant had killed himself,” Mfonobong Ekpe, a teacher in the neighbourhood, told our correspondent. Although our correspondent did not see the note, some relatives said the former village secretary left a suicide note blaming the president for inflicting unbearable pains and hardship on the people.
“He used to complain that his petty business was no longer fetching him enough money to take care of his basic needs such as food and clothing for his family as well as pay his children’s school fees.
When contacted on the phone, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Cordelia Nwawe, said her office was yet to be briefed on the incident. On Monday evening a man attempted to commit suicide by jumping into Mile 2 River, Lagos. The man, who was later rescued by some divers in a speed boat, reportedly shout “Buhari, Buhari, Buhari,” jumped into the river.
“Buhari’s government has finished me and my business. I can’t afford to live anymore. Bye, bye to Nigeria,” he was quoted as saying. When he was rescued, the emergency unit from the Lagos State government gave him first aid. The man was too weak to talk.