Frustrated Igbo Man Shouts Buhari – An unidentified Igbo man in his 40 reportedly frustrated by the harsh economy under President Muhammadu Buhari lost hope and jumped into the river on the Mile Two Bridge in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, but for the timely intervention of a passengers speedboat voyager who rescued him might have died, this morning.
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,” he said.
Before the ambulance came, it was gathered that sympathisers, including Mr Odiaka, contributed about N1, 000, with the intention of taking the victim to the hospital.
Another witness, who simply gave his name as Okpala, said he ran to the place and saw the man almost dying, but did not know what to do to help him out of the situation. He said he mobilised others at the scene to donate money to take the victim to a hospital.
“The man said he was tired of life and he wanted to kill himself,” he said.
When the victim’s pockets were searched for any means identity, only N90 was found on him.