A clergyman and father of two, Seun Adedutan, has reportedly committed suicide after drinking two bottles of Sniper insecticide. The deceased, who was described as a ‘peace-loving’ fellow by friends had decided to take his own life, on Wednesday afternoon, May 29, after suffering from depression for months. A secondary school classmate of the deceased by the name, Sam Anokam, who gave details of the suicide on Facebook, said Adedutan neither drank, womanised or lusted after money.
Anokam’s Facebook post reads: “ He was my dear friend and classmate in secondary school, Seun Adedutan. As preparations were on-going yesterday for change to another administration at all levels of government, Adedutan was preparing to meet his maker. He ended his life yesterday afternoon after emptying two containers of the dreaded Sniper. His cold body is in the mortuary. He left behind a wonderful wife and his two dotting kids.”
Speaking on how depression forced his friend into taking his own life, Anokam said, “ Depression is real! What we are still trying to unravel is that Adedutan whom we call a pastor does not drink, womanise or lust after money; what could have happened? As a strong Christian whom others run to for counseling, what could have happened? Life belongs to God. As one of his brother’s said, despite the economic hardship, people are no longer encouraging one another. My friend Adedutan has never been the outspoken type. He must have bottled up a lot of things that triggered whatever it is that made him decide to end it all.”
Blaming the government and religious bodies for the rising rate of suicide in the country, he said, “Government is aloof to the plight of the people. Whom do we turn to? Our churches are now business centres. They no longer preach hope but vanity. They should stop all these crappy teaching of pretending to be rich when you are poor; you are sick, they will tell you to pretend to be strong, all is well bullshit. If a strong Christian like Seun can end his life by himself, wherein lies the hope of nominal believers? I wrote on this wall last week, that something should be done about this Sniper, people said the issue is not about Sniper but ourselves. We have been using ‘otapiapa’ and other rat and insect poison before now, the rate of suicide was not this bad but it seems this Sniper of a thing has an ‘evil spirit’(for churchgoers) behind it that is pushing people to drink it.”
He, however, advised everyone battling depression to speak out and get help.