Dr. Aremu Saad of the Federal Medical Center, Gusau, in Zamfara, has averred that more than 20% of Nigerians are sick of various forms of mental illnesses without knowing.

The Consultant Psychiatrist said this when he spoke to newsmen on Thursday, June 13.

Dr. Saad noted that mental illnesses “could occur due to drug abuse, genetic transfer, depression, or even if one loses an election, like in recent times in Nigeria”.

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He called on Nigerians to go for routine mental check-ups to ascertain their mental fitness and take necesssary precautions before it becomes unmanageable.

The situation, he said, is further heightened by the non-passage of Mental Health Bill by the National Assembly.

He called for an urgent consideration of the bill, expressing optimism that it will help address “issues of treatment, facilities, offenders who hide behind mental illness and stigmatisation”.