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OAU student’s suicide not linked to academic failure —PRO

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The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, has said that the suicide committed recently by a student of the university was not as a result of academic failure.

Olarewaju, who stated this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday, in Ile-Ife, added that failure in life goes beyond academic performance.

According to reports, Emmanuel Adedeji, a 200-level student of Management and Accounting of the University, committed suicide recently.

Olanrewaju, however, asserted that people fail in different human endeavours, noting that whenever such happened, taking one’s life should not be the next thing.

“So, whether you are wealthy, in middle or lower class of the society, individuals have different challenges in life,” he said.

The PRO admonished people to take things easy, saying that excellence in academic performance does not mean that one would make it in life.

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“And failure academically doesn’t mean that things would not go well with such a person in the future.

“Dropping out of school doesn’t mean total failure in one’s life time. Dangote is not a professor, but the richest man in Africa.

“To the Glory of God, President Muhammadu Buhari failed three times, to clinch the job. But when he contested the fourth time, he won; now running his second term.

“President Joe Biden of USA had so many matrimonial calamities; lost a son, a wife, but today he is the President of USA,” the PRO explained.

Olarewaju advised all and sundry not to write themselves off and contemplate suicide.

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