Former Minister, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, on Monday morning expressed her condolences to the family of Dr. Orji, a medical doctor, who committed suicide by taking a plunge into the Lagos Lagoon midway through the Third Mainland Bridge.
Orji was said to have ordered the driver of his grey coloured Nissan SUV with registration number LND 476 EE, to stop before jumping into the water.
In a series of tweets, while praying that God comforts the family and help the family of our doctor friend left behind to heal, she wished “someone had somehow observed something and been able to organize help, love, (and give him some) encouragement… I mean extended him hope. I really wish.
“It is tough coping with the hustle and bustle of today’s world. So we hardly observe state of mind of others but we actually should always.”
She recalled someone in the field of mental health as expressing worry “out (the) escalating rate of suicide among the younger segment of our society.”
She urged Nigerians to show some more care to people around, despite personal pressures “without becoming intrusive,” just as she urged government, through the Federal Ministry of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, the Minister and indeed all Nigerians to give more support to groups like the @MentalAwareNG which is “helping the public understand science of mental health and be equipped with the social tools that anyone can use to help.”
Continuing, Ezekwesile noted: “While we lag in development in Africa, one thing we never lacked was the ethos of community. We are fast losing it and that worsens our situation.
“Let’s reach out and touch somebody’s hand and make the world a better place as often as we can. You might save a life without ever knowing,”
She prayed particularly that God will give peace to the mother of the deceased especially, stressing: “It is hardest on mothers.”
Reacting to information that medical professionals consistently hover near the top of occupations with the highest risk of death by suicide, she said such statistics is scary, following which they need help, tasking the Minister and the Ministry to fashion a “mitigation strategy.”
According to spokesman of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Kehinde Adebayo, “the agency received a distress call of a man who parked his grey coloured Nissan SUV with registration number LND 476 EE at about 4.50 pm today Sunday, 19th March 2017 around Adekunle, inward 3rd Mainland bridge and jumped into the Lagos Lagoon.
“Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that the man said to be medical doctor named Orji who was said to be driven by his driver and suddenly ordered the driver to pull over, dropped from the car and suddenly jumped into the water from the bridge.
“The vehicle and the driver has been taken to Adeniji Adele Poice Station for further investigation, while effort is ongoing to recover his body from the Lagoon.
“The General Manager LASEMA Mr Adesina Tiamiyu said that proper investigation would be conducted on the incident by the appropriate authorities.”