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Obafemi Awolowo University student commits suicide over poor performance

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A student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in Osun State, Opeyemi Grace Dara has committed suicide over poor academic performance

 Dara, who was in the Department of English and Literature was said to have committed suicide after a dose of lethal substance popularly known as snipper.

She was said to be having five outstanding courses and 12 Special Electives.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of OAU, Segun Olanrewaju, confirmed the incident to our correspondent and promised that the institution would investigate the incident and make its findings public.

He also warned students against taking their lives because of poor academic performance.

Olanrewaju said, “We sympathise with the parents and guardian of the deceased called Dara. We just want our students and young ones to know that depression is not a thing they should encourage, no matter the situation or circumstance they find themselves.

“Some people in the past have passed through the same situation and circumstances and came out clean. Now, suicide can never be an option and people, especially the young ones who believe that taking their own lives is an act of gallantry should know that it is not.

“We want to appeal to students, particularly OAU students, to take things easy. Any child that fails, that is why the University says ‘you can rerun a course, you can resit a course’, people out there also face challenges and when you are in school, failure or repetition of a course or particular subject is also part of the challenges students must face.

“So, those who are brilliant are not brilliant because they are brilliant. It is circumstantial; so we sympathise with her parents, guardians, friends, and well-wishers. The University will get to the root of the incident and get back to the public.”

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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