A 50-year-old man, Chief Ekanem Edet has committed suicide in Akwa Ibom State. He gave the current economic hardship in the country as reason for his action.
The deceased, popularly known as “Jolly Boy” by residents of Mbiabong Itam in Itu Local Government Area of the state, allegedly blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing the economic crunch to persist, which had made life unbearable for him.
According to residents of Mbiabong Itam, where Edet lived before his tragic death, they woke up to see his body hanging on a rope from the roof of his house.
Edet, a former Secretary of the Mbiabong Village Council, had been dead several hours before the residents discovered his body.
In a suicide note he purportedly wrote before he hung himself, Edet said he decided to end his life because he could no longer cope with the prevailing economic hardship allegedly caused by Buhari.
He lamented that since Buhari took over the reins of government 13 months ago, life had been tortuous for him and his family.
The AUTHORITY gathered that a few days to his death, the deceased, said to be married with two sons, had been complaining about the current economic hardship that has impacted negatively on his business.
“Jolly Boy”, who sold local gin popularly known as “Ogogoro”, cigarettes and other stimulants, according to family sources, decided to take his life, when it appeared, he could no longer run his small family with meagre earnings from the trade.
“He was a very sociable man and always shared his thoughts on issues. I don’t know why he should consider suicide as the last option to escape these hard times; only God knows”, Okon Effiong, an associate of the deceased, lamented.
He recalled that “Jolly Boy”, who was immediately buried after some traditional rites of passage were performed, was discovered dead with a rope around his neck by his friend, who came to visit him that fateful day.
The late Edet’s wife and two sons, it was gathered, had gone out, oblivious of the fact that their father’s remains hung loosely from the roof of his room.
“Later in the day, his friend came to check on him, only to discover that his long-time buddy and confidant had taken a big, bold step to bid goodbye to the excruciating life of poverty”, Mfonobong Ekpe, a teacher in the neighbourhood, told The AUTHORITY.
Although our correspondent could not access the suicide note Edet allegedly left for President Buhari, some residents claimed he did.
“He used to complain that his petty business was no longer fetching him and his family basic needs, including food and fees for the children’s education.
“He was always blaming Buhari’s economic policies for his plight that has taken food from the table of most Nigerians, Asuquo Bassey, a pastor at the local church said.
According to him, the family was reluctant to call the Police when it discovered the sad incident because of the suicide note which indicated that “Jolly Boy” took his own life.
Originally posted 2016-09-02 03:37:58.