Reuben Abati advises Oba of Lagos on lagoon deaths


Former presidential spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati has sent a message to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.

Reuben Abati advises Oba of Lagos on lagoon deaths

Abati wants the Lagos traditional ruler and his chiefs to appease the lagoon on Lagos Island over attempts by some Nigerians to take their own lives by jumping from the Third Mainland Bridge.

NAIJ reported that some Ifa priests have said the Lagos lagoon is angry and that is why it has been attracting persons to jump into it.

Abati says, ”If indeed whatever spirit that controls the Lagoon is hungry, the Oba of Lagos and his chiefs should hurry up and feed that spirit with whatever it eats.”

Throwing a jibe at the traditional ruler, Abati said: ”I assume that this would be a more useful venture than the partisan declaration by the Oba of Lagos that nobody should contest against the incumbent Lagos State Governor in 2019! ”

Abati noted that some Nigerians have progressed from anger to clinical depression, resulting in a rise not merely in social aggressiveness, but a determination by certain individuals to escape from it all.

He cautioned that but the sharp increase in the number and frequency of people taking their own lives in the last two years alone, speaks to a certain dysfunctionality requiring closer inquiry.

He wrote: ”What is certain however regardless of the place and time, is that human beings decide to abbreviate their own mortality when they resolve that they can no longer live with the discrepancy between what they are and what they would like to be, or what they have been and what they have suddenly become or what they expect and what happens to them eventually, all of this basically in the context of the imagined stigma, shame, disgrace or disappointment.”

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In the last few weeks, there have been three cases of Lagosians attempting to take their own lives by jumping into the lagoon.

While one of them succeded, the other two were rescued and apprehended before taking the plunge.



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