ABU student commits ‘suicide’, blames parents

Aisha Abdulganiyu (Source: Twitter)

A 300 level student of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria named Aisha Omolola Abdulganiy has reportedly committed suicide. She was said to have drank a poisonous liquid substance on Wednesday.

The late Ms Abdulganiy was believed to have left a suicide note where she blamed her parents for leading her into the depression that made her do that.

Confirming the development through its official twitter handle @Tweet_abuzaria, the management of her university said the deceased “took her own life” at her apartment outside the university main campus at Samaru.

Content of the suicide note widely shared on social media reads thus:

“Just like I said, If I am no more please hold my family especially my mum and dad responsible. I have tried to be the best I can be, stayed award (away) from them just because they blame me for their mistakes and they can’t love, help and take care of me like their own.

“My mum has made life a living hell for me only because she is bipolar and frustrated. Accusing me of being a witch, trying to bill her and being a cursed child even though my brother is responsible for my education and upkeep.

“The only think she helps me with is my feeding money. I have gone out of my way to take care of my mum by giving her food and money but I still end up being her problems. My brother cant stick to his promise anymore best he feels I am not his responsibility and I have my
own family. I hope and believe that now that I am gone, It will bring them relieve and happiness.

“I am so sorry Collins, I had to leave you this way, Maryam Olayemi you have been more than a bestie to me. I am also sorry to all my friends and well-wishers, I love happy but I’m nothing but a broken child. I don’t believe in God anymore, cos I cant see my purpose anymore. I Love you all so much.
Phone Password ==> ****
ATM PIN =>**** Amount: 12K
Please bury me immediately I am found dead
Love you!”

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No signs of impending suicide

A check by EduCeleb.com on the twitter handle of the deceased show no sign of depression or impending suicide.

In her last post on 25th December, a day before the incident, she sounded happy and enthusiastic about the Christmas.

She tweeted thus:

Other earlier posts present the deceased as someone enthusiastic about a brighter future.

Less than ten days before her death, on 18th December, she was hoping to make her mum proud. She had attached a picture with her mother who she tagged “my everything” to the tweet.

Police investigating incident

The Nigeria Police has confirmed reports of about the incident saying that it was investigating them.

In a phone interview with EduCeleb.com, the Police Public Relations Officer in the Kaduna State Command, Yakubu Sabo said the police had since invited the parents of the deceased and was looking towards ascertaining if she actually committed suicide.

In his words, “We were informed that one Aisha Abdulganiyu, a student of ABU Zaria was said to have taken some poisonous liquid substance and she left a note blaming her parents.

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“Though, she was rushed to a hospital in Zaria, she could not make it. She died while receiving treatment.

“The parents were invited to give statements. The police is investigating that.”

“Suicide is a grievous offence. However, the circumstance the police is investigating is not just why she committed suicide alone. At the same time, we have to be sure that she actually committed suicide.”

“Suicide is a decision of somebody that decides to terminate her life. But we want to be sure that it was the person that actually terminated her own life even though she left a note.”

University calls for introspection in ‘suicide’ aftermath

As a result of the incident, the university through its twitter handle, @Tweet_abuzaria has gone ahead to admonish the public against suicide saying that people should keep hope alive in the face of difficulties.

It wrote “In retrospect to the saddening event we witnessed, we have some things to say. We all have two lives. D (The) second life starts the moment we realize we only have one. Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting any better.”

It urged people to seek help when hurt rather than dwelling too much on difficulties.

“Most things in life tend to get difficult before they get easy. To anyone out there who’s hurting, it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It’s a sign of strength. What then is the point of having friends and loved ones if you cannot put out your problem to them.”

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“D (The) longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us”

It emphasised that no hardship or depression should drive one to depression.

“Dear young people, no matter the headship, frustration, loneliness or depression you’re going through, suicide should never be an option. Speak to someone for help! Value your life.

“Yes It hurts to be misunderstood but please endeavor to reach out to people.

“Suicide isn’t necessarily only inflicting pain on ones self but it has the tendency of putting the people around you in severe trauma, pain and shock. It may even get to people that do not know you.”

The University also had some words for parents. It challenged them to get closer to their children and appreciate them. It also called on the general public to take mental health issues seriously.

“Parents should also try as much as they can to make their family their friends. Having a friendly lifestyle with your child will go a long way in helping and swerving them off depression and suicide urges. Appreciate your children. Applaud them. Show them you care.

“And lastly to the General Public, Family and Friends of people, please do not neglect issues concerning mental health. If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a person, extraordinary things begin to happen.”

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