Recession is really dealing with a lot of families in Nigeria one way or the other. A resident of Imo State identified as Chidozie Anyanwu has lost hope in life and has insisted on committing suicide given the economic hardship himself and his family have been subjected to.
PUNCH reports that Anyanwu was seen lying on MCC/Uratta Road, Owerri, on Monday and refused to leave the road despite desperate pleas that he could be crushed to death by vehicles.
He was, however, carefully avoided by motorists, including tricycle riders, plying the road.
Man lying on the road
He disclosed to the press that his mother died recently and was put in the mortuary but could not be buried due to paucity of funds.
Anyanwu, a husband and father of three, said it was extremely difficult for him to feed his family due to the harsh economy.
He said, “My wife is a civil servant and her salary does not come as and when due. And when it comes, the bank collects all and still debits her account because of a loan she took.
“The provision shop she opened with the loan is not growing because Imo people don’t have money. People, who used to patronise the shop, are no longer coming and when she calls them, they always say there is no money.”
He said since the last three months, nobody had patronised his shop, adding that his children ate only once in a day.
Anyanwu however later left the road after some passers-by persuaded him not to take his life.