The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has confirmed the death of a school student who committed suicide by swallowing a sniper rifle, a popular anti-insecticide.
In a message to the DAILY POST earlier, the public relations officer of the OAU, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the school had confirmed the incident and that the administration had done everything to resolve the situation.
He advised students to stay on campus slowly and not to experience small delays in academic work as a failure, but as an opportunity for success again.
DAILY LENT collected from sources that two students of the school swallowed snipers, which resulted in the immediate death of one of them.
A source, Awo Hall student Ekundayo Adeniran, said that, “On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Adedeji Emmanuel, a 200-level student in the Department of Management and Accounting, drank a deadly poison, a sniper and was found dead behind one of the school classrooms.
He noted that the reason for his decision was unknown, but was not related to academic pressure.
Also, one of his classmates revealed that before his death, “Emmanuel took out his friend. So he showed no signs of depression or sadness. “
DAILY MAIL could not establish the identity of the other student, but received information that he was in critical condition and was currently being treated at the Obafemi Awolowo University’s teaching hospital complex (OAUTHC).
Meanwhile, Nigerians from different walks of life have started to react to the news.
Orifunke Lawal, an entrepreneur and educator, noted that having two students commit suicide within 24 hours at Obafemi Awolowo University was not a good indicator.
Although she noticed that the situation at the university was terrible and that the students were overworked and oversatisfied, she wondered what the school management was doing about the situation.
Dr Supo Awojide was of the opinion that Nigerian universities need to improve the university experience for students, adding that the stories of several students who have taken their own lives suggest that something urgent needs to be done.
He listed pastoral care, academic mentoring and student support services as areas where interventions can be sought.
Toyib Adewale Adelodun sought greater support for students through attention and mental health.
According to him, “schools in the UK are doing surveys to check with students if they are enjoying the learning experience. I want Nigerian universities to do more to make students feel at home. “
The kind Adesola, a student, remarked that, “The university system in Nigeria is not student friendly. From the malice of the lecturers to the overburdening and outdated lectures. More needs to be done. Being at the mercy of a lecturer is something so bad and distasteful. “
Ms. Oqua, a university lecturer, as a staff made her realize the student trouble.
She discovered that lecturers remove their frustrations on students and wondered what someone without human compassion is doing in a university environment.
Agboola Ayomide, a medical student, feels that the issue of student mental health is overlooked.
He hinted that, “The system believes that, since this has been done in the past, it is okay to continue this method of rushing students, forcing students to quit without any mental health counseling system.”
An economist, Olajide pointed out that most lecturers and the way of teaching and the materials used are outdated.
He added that the outdated nature of the teaching system is the reason why most of them could not cope with internet classes and modern ways of teaching and influencing knowledge on students.
Mujidat, a student who blamed the parents, explained that most parents, with their aggression, usually force their children to commit suicide when their children fail at any examination.
She wanted parents to learn to accept their children’s failure because all they needed was reassurance that they could succeed in the next trial.
She called on parents to stop comparing their children’s abilities.
Many students, however, urged their friends not to think about suicide.
They advised students going through campus pressure to talk to someone and always visit the school counseling unit or call counselors from the course.
“Talking to friends, invitations from siblings and parents is also an option open on the table,” they added.