Maryam Sanda the new “talk of the town” sentenced to death by Hanging for the murder of her husband late Bilyaminu Bello who is said to be the son and nephew to top politicians in Nigeria.
No, I’m not here to take sides neither is my focus on the case. However I sympathize with the child who would likely grow up to hear of the sad events that led to how she was denied the love and care only parents can provide.
My focus rather is on the Country’s health system and the need for our leaders to be able to come up with reasonable solutions.
A lot of crimes such as this were committed in anger but sadly a lot of Nigerians don’t believe or buy this opinion just as we didn’t think depression was a thing until people started committing suicide in various ways and our leaders thought it best to put a ban on sales of sniper which was becoming the most common. This ban made no difference as people devised other ways to take their own lives including jumping into lagoons, wells, drinking detergents and bleach in some cases mixed with soft drinks etc.
Anger is a a normal and even healthy emotion but if not managed could take a toll on ones health and life generally. A death sentence is not enough to stop or reduce crimes such as this, our leaders should invest in our health systems and facilities. More people should be trained on handling citizens who suffer depression, anger and issues that affect our mental health instead.
We should learn from Countries with low crime rates such as Finland, Norway, Netherlands and their likes and apply same principles and watch how crime rate drops massively.