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Sen. Okorocha suggests the creation of ‘happiness ministry’ to tackle suicide amongst Nigerians

Valentine Chinyem

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Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday said creating a happiness ministry would help reduce suicide and rape.

According to Okorocha, who was contributing to a debate on a motion, the “rising incidence of suicides amongst Nigerians,”sponsored by Theodore Orji, senator representing Abia central, a lot of people take their own lives because they lack the ability to express themselves or to share their feelings with anyone.

“Mr senate president, may I suggest that whether it’s the issue of rape, suicide, let us create a department to address these issues,” he said.

“Ministry of health is not up to that, Police is not equipped for that, ministry of information is not equipped for that, we must have a department where people can go and express themselves – that ministry must be a ministry or department of happiness.

“All our prayers appear to me as though we are embarking on academic exercise that might not reflect any practical reality.

“A step should be further taken to find out why these people are not happy to the extent that they will take their life.”

While moving the motion earlier, the former Abia governor said suicide could be prevented “when family, friends and close relatives of the person contemplating suicide provide support.”

“Many people commit suicide out of ignorance and situations that could be addressed; and the people in the position to help, encourage or assist ignore to do so thereby leaving them to commit suicide at will,” he said.

The Senate therefore enjoined religious leaders in the country to always preach love and encouragement to members.

Further more it urged the government to ban any product that can be used to aid suicide, as many victims now take advantage of such to carry out their aim.