A student leader of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Abass Oyeyemi, is dead.
Oyeyemi died in the early hours of Thursday, May 25, 2023.
He served as a member of the Electoral Commission of the Students’ Union and was also an ex-Public Relations Officer of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, OAU chapter.
The deceased was recently mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps and redeployed to Osun State from Akwa Ibom.
He was the founder of Tekisite, a non-governmental organisation that trained students in tech skills.
In 2022, Oyeyemi spoke to BBC Yoruba about how he, through his NGO, trained 1500 students in tech skills using their mother tongue, the Yoruba language.
“Truly, the computer is programmed in the English language, but we were training students in the rural areas, we had to do it using Yoruba language so they could understand,” he told BBC Yoruba.
The cause of Oyeyemi’s death was still sketchy as of press time, but close sources revealed that he had “difficulty in breathing” before he was rushed to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Ile-Ife. The news of his demise later broke in the day.
The OAU chapter of the MSSN in a statement on Thursday announced the postponement of its activities for the week in honour of the deceased.
“It’s is with deepest regrets that we announce the indefinite postponement of all Jihad week programmes. This is as we received the sad news of the death of our brother, Abass Oyeyemi (Bazzman), who was called by his Lord this morning.
“Until his death, he was well known for his active drive in inspiring and creating opportunities for youths. He was also a former PRO of the MSSN OAU in the 2017/2018 session.
“We ask Allah to accept his return and admit him into Jannah. Aameen,” the statement signed by the Ameer of the association, Abdulrazaq Ibrahim, stated.
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