A suicidal man dived into a river after chanting the name of the Nigerian president, “Buhari” several times.
The man jumped into the body of water on the Mile Two bridge in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area on Monday, August 29 and was rescued by a passing speed boat.
Luckinson Akpos for Flattimes said the unidentified man who is in his 40s, “stood on the bridge for some minutes.. loudly expressed bitterness over his sufferings.”
The site added that the unnamed man felt “things had gone bad for him” and he felt helpless.
“He…. mentioned Buhari repeatedly, muttered some other words before he finally took the terrible decision,” Luckinson reported.
Akpos added that an observer named Mr Andy Odiaka confirmed he witnessed the incident from the onset.
Odiaka said, “I was there on the bridge where the man was also standing. He was speaking to himself. He said he had no transport fare to move from one place to another.”
“He said his suffering was too much that he could hardly feed. I also heard him saying life was meaningless to him.”
“He mentioned Buhari many times, and the next thing I saw, the man jumped from the bridge into the water.”
“He is an Igbo man because he was speaking the language. I thought he was joking when he said he was tired of everything around him. If not for a speedboat that was passing, he would have died.”
“The boat stopped and the passengers dragged him to the riverbank and they continued their journey.”
“Thereafter, nobody was ready to assist him. People simply looked at him, expressed sympathy and continued their journey. I have to call an emergency number.”
The Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, got to the scene of events and its officials were able to resuscitate him.
All the man had in his pockets was N90.