AKWA Ibom trader Chief Ekanem Edet threw the Mbiabong Itam community in Itu Local Government Area into turmoil recently by taking his life by hanging himself claiming the hostile economic conditions in the country made it hard to go on living.
Mr Edet, 50, popularly called Jolly Boy, was once the secretary of the Mbiabong Village Council and a highly respected member of the community. According to local sources, he waited until his wife and two sons went out and then tied a rope to the roof of his room, from which he hung himself.
Before taking his life, he left a suicide note in which he blamed his action on harsh economic condition. In the note, Chief Edet blamed the government for inflicting unbearable pains and hardship on Nigerians.
One of his close associates Okon Effiong, said that Chief Edet was discovered dead by his friend, who went to visit him. He added that Mr Edet was immediately buried after some traditional rites of passage were performed.
Mr Effiong said: “He was a very sociable man and always shared his thoughts on issues. I do not know why he should consider suicide as the last option to escape from these hard times.”
Apparently, a few days to his death, the deceased complained bitterly about the current economic crunch. According to one family source, Chief Edet who deals in ogogoro, cigarettes and other stimulants, decided to take his life when it appeared that he could no longer run his small family with the meagre earnings from his trade.
His pastor at the local church added: “He used to complain that his petty business was no longer fetching him and his family basic needs such as food, clothing and fees for the children’s education. He was always blaming the government for the economic policies that do not allow him afford basic commodities such as gari, bread, yam, rice, beans, oil, kerosene and other essential goods.”