Samuel Adeyemi is the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre but his opinion about mental illness today elicits reactions from Nigerians online..
Here’s what the President of Success Power International, an NGO that among others things specializes in organizing financial, leadership and motivational seminars wrote..
The root cause of mental illness is Sin. (Rom 6:23)and the foundational solution to mental health is Salvation #MentalHealth
— Sam Adeyemi (@sam_adeyemi) October 30, 2016
But we had to look through the meaning of mental illness just to understand President of Daystar Leadership Academy, Pastor Adeyemi better..
According to Mental healt America, “A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines.”
In Nigeria however, Former Power Minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, had in Enugu rated governments at various levels low in the area of psychiatric and mental health care.
He said this was worrisome considering that some medical scholars have revealed that in a population of 160 million or thereabout, “it is speculated that 64 million Nigerians suffer from one form or the other of afflictions of mental illness- deserving attention”.
Nebo spoke as a guest lecturer at the 2nd Public Lecture organized by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing.
He identified causes of mental illness to include genetic composition, early development, neurological and psychological experiences and environmental stresses.
Pastor Adeyemi is a revered teacher and Motivational speaker and host of the popular programme – SUCCESS POWER – which airs on radio and television stations within and outside Nigeria.