The Deputy Governor of Delta State, Dcn Kingaley Otuaro has mourned Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, the 12-year-old Dowen College pupil who died from injuries sustained when suspected cultists battered him in school.
In an emotional statement on Saturday, Otuaro shared personal experiences he had with the late pupil, shedding light on his brilliance.
Revealing the deceased as his, Otuaro called to mind the many challenges faced by the Nigerian education system.
“It is with a sense of deep shock that I receive the news of the unexpected death of my cute, exceptionally precocious and brilliant nephew Sylvester Oromon Jnr.
“Your sudden death by means ostensibly callous addresses the pallid state of instructional and oversight functions of our nations educational Institutes.
“Your coming to be boarded at Dowen college was partly because of our belief in the development of the human dignity as a source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion and in the human mind as the source of invention and ideas.
“No parent would knowingly bring his ward to a massive crime scene as the Dowen college Lagos has become. Losing a child is not easy for any parent but to lose an absolutely gorgeous, organic, and original trend setter of a child in such bizare, unsolicited and hostile way is a contemplation that will take forever to abate.
“Your exceptionality is reflected in the fact that in just a few hours after your death, you had gained tens of millions of responders nationwide and in the diaspora who are asking questions on what usually could have been swept under the carpet but even in death you fought to resist their intendment.
“Your death has unravelled the dark sides that subsists in our many educational Institutes across the length and breath of this nation.
“Who would have known that on your 12th birthday today you would not be visited by your parents to share in your joys and to get a laugh out of you in what would have turned to be a memorable moment.
“Your childhood has been amazing. Your work and learning ethic, infinite curiosity and optimism never wavered. Your upbringing could not have made it possible for you to succumb to any brutal threat to be inducted into values and worldviews that are unknown to your faith.
“We were awestruck by sittings of you through many social media handles of the excruciating pains you were in, which could have perhaps been escalated by internal bleeding from your organs.
“Nevertheless, we have so many wonderful memories of your contributions to family and whether you knew it or not we have been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your interest in the Bible and your loving passion for Jesus with whom your soul has gone to repose.
“You never ever spoke ill of anyone and I defy anyone who knew you to say anything negative about you. We compare you to a special child because that is the comparison you invite and has earned. Your character reveals your love, your tears, your triumphs and your resilience.
“While we would not want to immediately interfere with the ongoing investigation of your death, we only wish to assure you that we are following up every lead and trail of the conversation and information you provided on your killers before you passed. We will hold to your statement as a testament of affirmation of a victimised witness.
“In Death you are still setting the bar higher and we only pray that the Almighty God comfort your parents and siblings with the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. Rest in peace and rise in power Sylvester Jnr. !!!