Archbishop Emeritus Ayo Ladigbolu has revealed that First Lady Oluremi Tinubu inspired his decision to set up a non-governmental organisation to cater to the mental health of Nigerians.
Ladigbolu, who is the founder and executive director of Oyo Metro Suicide Prevention and Counselling Initiative, said that Senator Tinubu solicited the support of her colleagues for a bill that sought to make the government pay more attention to the mental health of old and young Nigerians.
He said that the bill was introduced by the First Lady in the Senate in 2017.
The cleric, who is a leading contender for the Alaafin of Oyo stool, spoke with the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State.
His words: “On June 17, 2017, during a plenary session of the senate, Senator Remi Tinubu, who is now Nigeria’s First Lady, solicited the support of her colleagues for a bill that sought to make the government pay greater attention to the mental health of Nigerians, both old and young.
“But, despite her impassioned appeal to the Senate, while also calling their attention to the increasing rate of suicides amongst young people, her colleagues merely paid lip service to the idea and eventually shot it down.
“It was at that moment that I made up my mind to start doing something in my personal capacity to campaign against the menace of suicides. And, since we started, we’ve been doing the best we can.”
Ladigbolu appealed to President Bola Tinubu to ensure that the renewed hope promised to Nigerians by his administration does not exclude care for the mental health of citizens.
It is important for the nation to do whatever is necessary to stabilise the mental health of our old people and also care for the mental position of our young people as well,” he said.