Tue. Mar 5th, 2024

By Sola Ojewusi

In a heartbreaking incident that has sent shockwaves through Nigeria, Ono Chukwuma Richard, a native of Ututu in Abia State and CEO of Faso Energy Limited, took his own life by consuming the poisonous substance known as Sniper. According to a suicide note left behind, Richard had betted a substantial sum of N2.5 million, the majority of which he had borrowed, and subsequently lost.

Despite alleged relentless efforts to seek help, Richard found himself in a desperate situation with no apparent solution. In a disturbing turn of events, he made a live video of his final moments, sharing it on his Facebook page. Friends who saw the distressing post rushed to his residence and promptly took him to Madonna Hospital in Umuahia.

Tragically, all attempts to save Richard’s life proved futile, leading to an outpouring of grief from friends who were unable to comprehend the depth of his despair. Many have expressed sorrow at the untimely end of a promising life, emphasizing the need for greater awareness and support for mental health issues.

Amidst the sorrow, a debate has emerged within the community. Some attribute Richard’s tragic decision to the challenging economic conditions in the country, arguing that it poses a significant threat to the mental well-being of young Nigerians. Others, however, place blame on Richard for choosing such a drastic and irreversible path.

As the family grapples with the aftermath of this devastating event, it serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for mental health resources and support networks to address the challenges faced by individuals dealing with financial pressures and other hardships.

 

Please watch the video of Chukwuma at the hospital below:

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