Why we marked Sylvester Oromoni’s birthday, by father




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Father of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr., the Junior Secondary School 2 student of Dowen College, Lagos, who died after allegedly being tortured by his schoolmates for refusing to join a cult group, has explained why the family marked his posthumous birthday on Saturday, December 4.

Speaking with The Nation, Oromoni Sylvester Snr, said he had made a promise to his son, while he was alive, to always mark his birthday.

He pointed out that they had a bond beyond a father-son relationship, stating that he was his “best friend”.

“He died five days to his birthday. This one (birthday celebration) is because I told him I was going to do his birthday. Because he said ‘daddy do my birthday’!

“I want to use it to remember him. I think I will be doing it every year. Before he was sick, he was all over me. He was my best friend, not just my child,” the father said.

Speaking further, he called for justice over his son’s death and thanked Governors Ifeanyi Okowa(Delta) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu(Lagos) for their efforts so far.

“I am calling for justice for my son. Justice must prevail, that is my stand. I am happy that millions of Nigerians are supporting the same thing. And I pray that God should guide everybody that is supporting this cause.

“I also thank the governor of my state, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa for his statement and contributions. He has given me words of encouragement. The governor of Lagos State, the Commissioner for Education, are doing their best and I’m happy with what they are doing.


“This thing happened around 19th or 20th (November). The school did not call us till my son gave up the ghost. They did not.

“But we reached out to them that the boy is no more, that was when the principal called. But the owner of the school, we have not heard from them,” Oromoni stated.

Asked how the family is coping with the trauma, he said: “Am I not the head of the family? My wife is fine, but she can’t sleep without drugs”.

Two sisters of the deceased, Amira and Amanda Oromoni, said they decided to remain strong despite the incident and prayed that justice is served.

Amanda, who is also a student of Dowen College, said she feels better than she is at home with family members.

“I am okay but I just hope that justice is found and we are okay again,” Amanda said.

The elder sister, Amira, described the incident as “a big shock to the family” adding that everybody is “devastated”.

The Oromonis, in a ceremony with close-knit family members, marked the 12th year posthumous birthday of Sylvester at their residence in Warri, Delta state.

The father, with the assistance of his wife and two daughters, cut one of the cakes after they all sang a birthday song.

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