By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A final year student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile -Ife, simply identified as Opeyemi Grace Dara has committed suicide over poor academic performance.
The deceased who was in the Department of English was said to have committed suicide after taking a dose of snipper.
It was gathered that she took her life following her poor academic performance.
She was said to be having five outstanding courses and 12 Special Electives.
According to a source, “A student in the Department of English at OAU in Ile-Ife, Opeyemi Grace Dara, whose set finished their final year exams just last semester has committed suicide through the consumption of the notorious snipper on Friday. She was in the last graduating set, but she had some outstanding courses.”
The Public Relations Officer of OAU, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju who confirmed the incident, promised that the institution would investigate the incident and make its findings public.
Olanrewaju however warned students against taking their lives because of poor academic performance.
He 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, guardian, friends and well-wishers . The University will get to the root of the incident and get back to the public.”