Who could of thought that the day would come when Bahamians start killing themselves? Just a few decades ago it was shocking to hear that a Bahamian killed another human being. The times have certainly change.
The country’s recent suicide victim Nikita Brennen a 42 year old man who ended his life last week. He was discovered hanging in his home. What a sight that must have been for his young children to come home and discover their daddy dead.
Brennen had two sons and a wife. He was a once successful plumber whose business had fallen on hard times. It was just three weeks ago that we caught up with Brennen walking in the Water & Sewerage Corporation building. Lord, we hope the government did not owe him any money nor declined him business, for as we know he was a skillful plumber having some rough times. And how could that be happening when Ingraham talked about all these relief packages particularly in the construction sector now underway by his government?
Perhaps Brennen like many others suffered from Ingraham’s WICKED STOP, CANCEL AND REVIEW POLICY! The same policy S&P suggested has devastated the economic life of the country!
Brennen told friends many times he would retire before the age 50, this was prophetic. He was also once deep into a internet marketing business (SOMETHING LIKE A PYRAMID PROGRAMME) where he often tried to persuade friends to join. We believe that too had failed, for we often told him those schemers will one day leave him with the bag. Well, this is all so sad!
Brennen was a genuine fella, HARD WORKING! One who believed in the spirit of doing HONEST HARD WORK FOR AN HONEST PAY. But what could have caused this deeply bible believing man to have committed suicide is just beyond us.
Family and friend could not walk out of the BFM centre on Carmichael Road fast enough where Brennen was eulogized, before the news rocked the city that a young girl had taken her life that same day.
And hours after her discovery, news again came that the son-in-law of former MP Mike Smith decided to hang himself in his home. He was found hanging from his stairway.
The series of suicide now in the capital must be a sign that we must do more to know what is happening around us. Friends and family members needs to begin calling and reaching out to one another. PEOPLE ARE HURTING! And WE MUST NOT ALLOW this cold hand of recession or failed relationships deliver this sentence of death on the venerable. LET US BEGIN SHOWING SOME LOVE IN THIS CITY!