An HIV-positive man has reportedly attempted suicide under a tree at the premises of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Bauchi State, Vanguard reports.
The man, who was simply identified as “Alhamdu” is also a retired teacher.
The assistant secretary of the state NUJ, Kabir Garba while narrating the incident said he had sighted the elderly man with a rope in his hand around 8 a.m. in the morning.
Garba said the old man told him he was going to address journalists after which he will then kill himself under a tree, which is on the same premises.
“I saw him half-naked with a rope in his hands. In fact, he had tied it to the mango tree within the NUJ premises and was sitting on a chair,” Kabir Garba narrated.
Garba said he proceeded to ask him what circumstance led him to want to kill himself.
“He told me that he came from Ningi about 31 days ago; when he arrived Bauchi, he proceeded to Potiskum in Yobe State with a plan to go to Sambisa so he could be killed by Boko Haram. But when he got there, he changed his mind and came back to Bauchi.”
“He told me he is a retired teacher from Ningi local government who has spent 35 years in service and has retired but his gratuity has not been paid. He also told me him, his wife and two children are all HIV positive and has a lot of bills to pay.
“He said that he wanted to give two of his daughters out in marriage, but couldn’t get the money to do so. He took a loan from different people amounting to over N800,000 to do a lot of things but the people are demanding for their money.”
Garba said he took the elderly man to the chairman of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners who then appealed to him not to kill himself.