Laleye Dipo in Minna
A university don has blamed the increase in sudden and untimely death among Nigerians on â€œlack of physical exercise, health education awareness and eating of junk foods.â€
Professor James Boyi Omonu of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai in Niger State made the submission while delivering the 8th inaugural lecture of the institution on Tuesday.
In the lectureÂ titled: â€˜Physical Exercise: The Best Antidote in Lifestyle Related Diseases,â€™
Omunu said Â most the deaths could have been averted if people adhered strictly to physical exercise instead of resorting to orthodox medicine.
Â â€œWith the modern production of junky foods and things that could make life more comfortable most people relish sedentary lifestyle which always result to overweight, obesity and cardiovascular issues due to imbalance of intake and expended calories that often cause sudden and silent death.
Â â€œThe only potent antidote to most silent killer diseases occasioned by sedentary lifestyle is regular exercise,â€ which he said has enormous health and financial advantages over orthodox medication.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Mohammed Nasir Maiturare, said the institution has declared every Wednesday as â€œsports dayâ€ to ensure participation of staff and students in physical exercises.
Maiturari commended the lecturer for â€œdoing a good job,â€ adding that the lecture â€œwill impact positively on the lives of the university community and the society in general.â€
The vice chancellor described the title of the lecture â€œas timely considering the increasing cases of sudden death in the country.â€