A 26-year-old student of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), identified as Elijah Jude Anuoluwapo has reportedly committed suicide.
It is alleged that the victim succeeded in taking his life after the consumption of some substances believed to be illicit drugs.
According to reports from some sections of the media, the 400 Level student of English Language died on Thursday morning, August 26, at the hospital where he was rushed to by his colleagues for medical attention after consuming the yet to be identified substances.
This is said to be the third time the student is attempting to kill himself. Sadly, he succeeded this time. Friends said his reason for attempting suicide multiple times was over alleged rejection by members of his immediate family after the death of his mother.
“His father had abandoned his mother since she was carrying Jude’s pregnancy which later led to his mother’s death out of depression,” a friend of the deceased told Tribune.
The deceased was raised by his maternal grandmother who died of cancer complications last year, leaving him with no one willing to identify as his family. This led him to depression and eventual suicide.
The friend of the deceased added: “Jude was a very brilliant student and even one of the very best with mastery of languages in the whole of the university campus. Many of us pleaded with him and even referred him to the school counseling unit after the second unsuccessful attempt which was about three weeks ago.
“We are surprised that he later proceeded with another attempt around 8:15 pm Wednesday. We tried to save his life as usual, but to no avail, he died earlier today in the hospital. If he didn’t die, he should have been one of the very best writers of the next generation.”
Depression is a significant public health problem, and at a prevalence rate of 3.9%, 7 million Nigerians currently suffer from it. According to 2015 data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria has 20.3 suicides per 100,000 people per year.
According to health.org “Globally, 322 million people are suffering from depression”. Government must work hard to curtail this rising menace.