Dowen College Student Death: Afenifere Blames Government

The socio-cultural organization for the Yoruba people of Nigeria, Afenifere, has blamed the Government for its failures in the death of Sylvester Oromoni of Dowen College, Lagos.

Afenifere reacts to the death of the 12-year-old in a statement released by Mr Dare Ajayi, its National Publicity Secretary calling it ugly signs of the Nigeria Government failing its people.

Ajayi stated that the rate of adolescent deaths and the increasing banditry among children in schools indicates that the country’s present and future has been imperilled.

Afenifere Reacts to Dowen College Death

The statement said both the Federal and the state governments are culpable and be blamed for the sudden decline in the nation’s state.

It added that “Cases of such unruly behaviour are now very rampant in the country. These are in addition to the banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorism occurring in different parts of Nigeria. Situations have made the country one of the riskiest to live in across the globe.

“The collapse of discipline and orderliness in our schools is reflective of the collapse of these virtues in the larger society. Until very recently, every adult in the society was respected by the young ones while teachers were revered very highly.

“No student would think of ambushing a teacher not to talk of having the audacity to attack teachers in the school, as happened in the Edo and Delta States cases. But they now do such with impunity, having observed the adults behaving unruly in the open society.

“State governments should remove their stranglehold on local governments so that the third tier can, along with the communities they serve, pay more attention to the educational institutions in their respective areas.

“Parents and guardians too should be alive to their responsibility as their failure at home are reflecting on undisciplined behaviour of their children,” the statement concluded.

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