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Humanists Urge Govt to Improve Care for Mental Health Patients in Enugu

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Humanists Urge Govt to Improve Care for Mental Health Patients in Enugu

Humanists have asked the Enugu State government to step up the care and treatment of mental patients in the state. This call has become necessary following disturbing trends linked to lack of proper care for mentally challenged individuals in the state.

A humanist in Enugu, Mr. Chinedu, recounts his personal experiences: “Last weekend, I boarded an Emene bus at Chris-Chemist. A mentally challenged woman (at the station) who was pregnant went into labour. Some people transferred her to a tricycle (known as Keke). Some women surrounded the Keke and were trying to help her deliver the baby when our bus left.”

Chinedu went on to bemoan the lack of support for the mentally challenged persons in the state.

“There is no sort of help for these people in this town. Neither welfare nor medical help. I have been wondering if the state government is unaware of this situation,” he said.

He went on to narrate a tragic incident where a mental patient murdered someone in a neighborhood: “In the long run, we can also sensitize people to stop keeping mental patients at home, where people give them religious treatments. Last year. A mentally sick man in my neighborhood at Emene jumped into a residence through the fence and stabbed an old man to death.

The sister to the mentally sick man kept him at home until he broke his ropes, took a knife, and ran away, resulting in the murder in less than 10 minutes. Mentally sick persons are left to roam the streets.

People chain mental patients at traditional/religious healing centres. Left unattended, mentally challenged persons pose a huge risk to the society in general”.

He noted that it was the duty of the government to address this problem.

He said: “The state government should put in place adequate measures to improve the mental health infrastructure and ensure that mentally challenged individuals get the care and support that they need”.

This disturbing situation of mental health care applies not only to Enugu but to other states across the country. People with mental health issues are abused. They are demonized and subjected to violent exorcism by faith healers. People with mental health challenges are chained and locked up at some homes, at traditional health centres, at Christian, Islamic faith clinics across the country.

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Mental patients are abandoned, and forced to live on the streets and eat from the refuse bins. This should not be the case.

Mental health patients deserve better care and treatment from the people and society.

Humanists are nonreligious and nontheistic individuals who work and campaign to realize a society guided by reason, science, and compassion.

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BREAKING: Peter Obi’s Supporters Lock Down Lagos

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PHOTOS: Massive Turnout As Youths Embark On One Million Match For Peter Obi

From Lekki to Surulere and Festac, thousands of residents of Lagos on Saturday demonstrated their support for Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

Many of the supporters on Saturday morning were seen holding the posters of the LP candidate and his vice, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, who had branded vests as they marched around and moved to the bridge leading.

The rally caused both human and vehicular traffic around the Stadium axis, from Alaka and Teslim Balogun Stadium and down to Ojuelegba.

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A Third Force Movement appealed to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to approve the car park of the National Stadium Lagos, for the October 1 rally of supporters of Labour Party, LP, Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.

Noting that the use of the stadium would avert unintended lockdown, The Third Force Movement, in a statement by Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, said without the approval the organisers cannot stop Nigerians from using other venues like Gani Fawehinmi Park or Lekki Toll Gate.

At Lekki Toll Gate, the Lagos State Police Command was able to enforce strict compliance with the no rally order.

A federal high court in Lagos had on Wednesday ordered the LP and its supporters not to converge on the Lekki tollgate

 

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BREAKING: APC Disagrees With Lawan , To Appeal Against Judgment Declaring Machina Senatorial Candidate

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BREAKING: APC Disagrees With Lawan , To Appeal Against Judgment Declaring Machina Senatorial Candidate

Less than 24 hours after Senate President Ahmed Lawan declared that he would not appeal against the ruling of a Federal High Court in Damaturu, the state capital, on Wednesday on the Yobe North senatorial seat matter, his All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided otherwise..

The APC in the state is determined to go on appeal over the matter.

The lower court had in its verdict, not only affirmed Bashir Machina as the party’s candidate for next year’s election, but ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise him as such, a position the nation’s number three man said he would not appeal against.

However, in another turn of events, Mohammed Gadaka, Chairman of the APC in the state, arguing that the party had taken it as a duty to protect the Senate President, indicated party’s intention to proceed to the appellate court.

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“We are aware of the Wednesday, September 28, 2022, ruling of the Federal High Court in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, with respect to the forthcoming Yobe north Senatorial District election. However, we respectfully reject the decision of the President of the Senate, His Excellency Senator Ahmad Lawan, accepting the judgment of the court which disqualified his candidature and participation in the election.

“In exercise of our legal rights, the Yobe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided to appeal the Federal High Court ruling in the interest of Yobe State, Nigeria and good governance. We have a duty to protect and sustain Senator Ahmed Lawan’s twenty-three years exemplary sojourn as a lawmaker and his impeccable record of leadership and patriotism – and commitment to making Nigeria work.”

 

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Advocacy For Alleged Witches Petitions NHRC Over Witchcraft Markets Event

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Advocacy For Alleged Witches Petitions NHRC Over Witchcraft Markets Event

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches has written a petition to the Cross River State chapter of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over a planned event to rescue families from witchcraft.

The petition titled “Petition: Ukpabio ‘s Rescuing Families from Witchcraft Markets Event” was signed by Dr.Leo Igwe.

The petition reads:
“I am writing on behalf of the Advocacy for Alleged Witches, an organization that campaigns to end witch persecution in Nigeria to lodge a complain about a proposed event, Rescuing Families from Witchcraft Markets, of Evangelist Helen Ukpabio and her Liberty Gospel Church. The event will be held on October 5 to 9 2022 in Calabar. As explained in this article, the event has some criminal intent and could fuel human rights abuses in Cross River state. Witchcraft accusation is a crime under the law. So it is important to restrain any individual or group, or stop any activity with the intent to accuse, or impute witchcraft as this proposed program by Ms Ukpabio and her church has indicated.

“As you may be aware, cases of witch persecution, attack and killings in Cross River have been linked to the activities of Ms Ukpabio and her church, and other witch hunters who openly advertise, stage and hold programs where they make witchcraft imputations (in this case in families), identify witches and exorcise witchcraft. Programs like this event on Rescuing Families from Witchcraft Markets valorize witchcraft beliefs, and incite people to suspect, maltreat, attack or kill family members in the name of witchcraft.

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“At a time when Cross River state is witnessing killings and attacks linked to witchcraft beliefs, it is necessary to take measures to prevent witchcraft accusations, witch identifications and persecutions. The Advocacy for Alleged Witches urges you to use your good office to restrain Ukpabio and her church from going ahead with this witch hunting event. ”

 

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