UI Imam warns Parents over Social Media Misuse Leading to Student Mental Health Issues

The Chief Imam of the University of Ibadan, Professor Muftau Abdulrahman Oloyede, has raised concerns about the detrimental impact of excessive social media usage on the mental well-being of tertiary institution students.

Speaking during a sermon following the observance of the two Rakah obligatorily Eld-Fitri prayers at the university premises, Professor Oloyede highlighted the growing trend of addiction and misuse of social media platforms among students, linking it to an increase in cases of mental illnesses.

Among the notable personalities present at the Eld-Fitri prayer were former Governor of Oyo State and Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Senator Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli representing Oyo South Senatorial District, and Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin.

Expressing his concern, the Islamic cleric urged parents and guardians to closely monitor their children’s social media activities, emphasizing that excessive usage has been identified as a contributing factor to mental health issues among students.

Additionally, Professor Oloyede condemned the recent killings of soldiers in the country, calling on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to ensure that those responsible for the heinous acts are apprehended and brought to justice.

In his address, he stated, “Social media has its benefits but also poses dangers. Reports from our medical service unit indicate a rise in mental illness cases among students, attributed to addiction and misuse of social media. Parents need to be vigilant and guide their children on responsible social media use.”

He further added, “The killings of our soldiers are deeply regrettable. The president must take decisive action to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable. It is unacceptable to attack those who risk their lives to protect us.

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