This piece came about as a result of the news that, a teen took her own life by taking Septol antiseptic. This is just one of the instances of suicide and attempted suicide which is sadly on the rise in our part of the world.
I personally think the main cause of suicide is actually the fact that people don’t bother to think of its repercussions and the reaction of their families, friends, associates and the society. They just want to get it over with as quickly as they can.
The truth is that death is inevitable, but no one should die from another person’s carelessness or one’s disregard for faith because if anyone who has faith of a better future than the discouraging present would never entertain thoughts of suicide.
Remember the maxim, “when there’s life, there’s hope”. No matter how bad it gets, suicide is never the solution, in fact it should not be an option.
People should think of the afterlife, somewhere far away from all human imagination, some place where we would either have eternal rest or be in eternal pains.
Yes, you were raped…oh well, you failed that examination after so many attempts or you lost someone so dear to you. All these things are just in a phase of life. Oprah Winfrey was raped, look what she’s become today. A lot of the great people we idolize today, who are successful are those have failed a lot of times. The only reason someone is labelled a failure is if he/she refuses to stand up and try harder.
Yes, life is tough. Very tough, but what makes the so called strong people is their personal toughness, resilience, resistance to failure, determination and of course perseverance, to mention a few. Great things don’t come easy, and I want the youths of today (of which I am one), and everyone at large to actually give up the nasty thought of suicide. Whatever you see in a movie should not necessarily affect you, especially the negativity.
I was deeply saddened to hear of one of the numerous suicide attempts very close to me a few days ago. A female student of Obafemi Awolowo University Centre for Distance Learning (OAUCDL) pre degree programme took her own life by drinking the poisonous antiseptic Septol some days ago (May 6 specifically). It was heartbreaking, even to me that I probably never knew the young lady who locked herself up and drank that antiseptic.
From that day (the 6th of May 2013), I made a promise to myself to begin a campaign against suicide in our community. I deeply regret the fact that the girl possible never sought counseling because if she did, she probably would have still been alive today. If she rubbed minds with anyone, she possibly would have been dissuaded.
So this message goes out to all those who are in the ‘tight corners’ of life. I beg of you, suicide is never the solution. It is even stated that anyone who commits suicide would go to hell. Of what use then is it to escape hell in this world just to get into an eternal hell?
I hope this piece would change some minds and I pray that our youths see solutions in situations, I pray they see no solution in suicide and avoid it totally.
AYOTUNDE OLOJEDE (@iamAYOTEE)