Why Did Unilorin Graduate Commit Suicide?

Did Bayode Lawal deliberately commit suicide? Was he mentally unstable? These posers remain riddles, five days after the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Industrial Chemistry graduate plunged into the lagoon at Festac Town, Lagos. Some of his schoolmates relive their time together, reports WALE AJETUNMOBI.

What were his thoughts before he took the fatal plunge? In what appeared to be a suicide, Ahmad Bayode Lawal, 31, an Industrial Chemistry graduate of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), jumped into a deep canal last Saturday in Festac Town, Lagos.

CAMPUSTORI gathered that the late Bayode’s mother was with him moments before he took that action.

What could lead a young man to commit suicide? This is a riddle to sympathisers, who have been thronging his family house in Festac Town. While some of his friends attributed his death to depression, others said he had been showing signs of mental instability.

However, a series of disturbing posts in the social media by the late Bayode reinforced the notion that he may have deliberately committed suicide. The late Bayode shared some Twitter posts on his strained relationship with his family members and how everyone around him thought he was mentally unstable.

In February, the late Bayode on his Twitter handle: @MadLawal, wrote about his plan to end a “painful dream”. He tweeted: “The way out should never be suicide, but I am making an exception. For mine is a peculiar case. Is it really worth the wait?”

“No more lies. The end … painful dream.”

A few days before he plunged into the canal, the late Bayode, again, tweeted: “I am God. Faced everyone in my entire world alone even my family was against me. Kept saying I was mad, but here I am.”

On Monday, the late Bayode’s Twitter account became inaccessible. It was probably deleted by family members.

One of his friends from university, Charles Onyei, said the late Bayode may have committed suicide because of depression, dismissing the claim of mental instability. Charles said he complained about family issues and his joblessness when they met at a wedding in February.

He said: “I have known Bayode since our undergraduate days at UNILORIN and he never appeared to be someone with signs of mental illness. The only thing he used to complain about was the family problem he had. The last time I saw him was at a friend’s wedding in February. He still complained about the same matter and his inability to get a job after the National Youth Service. He may have been depressed as a result of his personal challenges, but I can tell you he never had mental issue.”

Described as a calm and unassuming person, who usually kept to himself, the late Bayode was said to be the first of her mother’s three boys. He was described as a sportsman, who liked playing basketball.

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