The Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar has advised parents on what to do as Nigeria experiences an increasing rate of suicide among youths.
In a tweet he shared, Atiku advised that close attention should be paid by parents for early signs of depression so as to prevent the situation from plunging into suicide.
‘The rate of suicide among our youth is worrisome. I believe that as parents and community, we need to pay close attention for early signs of depression among our young people, particularly in this depressing times. -AA ‘
His words correlate with an advice given by the National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria, NAPTAN, which spoke through its 2nd Deputy President, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, sayiing parents must be on the alert.
“Honestly, it is very sad, very disappointing and yes it is very condemnable. But condemning it alone will not bring the solution; we as parents must be alert to stop this menace.
“Parents must be alert always to identify changes or any suicide tendencies in their children.“Children, especially undergraduates, need constant monitoring in order to avert any danger.
“Nowadays, many of us parents do not have time for our children anymore, we only worry about their upkeep but neglect the social life.
“When we talk of time, it is divided into two; normal time and quality time — and what our children need is quality time. It is not right for anybody to commit suicide for whatsoever reason but for a depressed person, they will not think that it is not right.