When Toyin Abraham revisited killing of student at Ajayi Crowther University



Elijah Adebero

Two days ago, celebrated filmmaker, Toyin Abrahams, had cause to revisit the recent killing of a student of Ajayi Crowther University. The student was killed by some colleagues who accused him of stealing a phone.

The gruesome act, which the university has punished by expelling the perpetrators while the police are also on the matter, sadly reminds many of the killing of a student of the Obafemi Awolowo University by some colleagues who were subjecting him to a hall punishment. That was some two years ago, while some other schools across the country have witnessed avoidable killings or deaths.

No wonder, as the world celebrated the Children’s Day on May 27 Abraham was not too inspired to sing and dance. She wished all children a great day but also warned parents not to raise such with kid gloves due to the changing times.

Abraham cited infractions like children/youths’ disrespectful behaviour towards elders especially on social media and incidents of jungle justice in universities.

“I am not happy on this Children’s Day. Happy Children’s Day to all children and to parents who were once children. As we celebrate this day, it is essential to acknowledge the need for better parenting.

“Recent online encounters and observations compel me to share this heartfelt message with every parent and guardian. The quality of children we are raising today needs serious attention. We now have kids who see respect and courtesy as burdens. How do we feel reading some of the things the youth say to adults online under the guise of being “woke” or adopting a “no tolerance” attitude? Many of us were not raised the way we are raising our kids today.

We are raising them with kid gloves because we believe times have changed.

“However, different times are not an excuse to raise disrespectful children. Despite our age and blessings, there are still things we would not tell our parents, not out of fear, but out of respect.

“This Children’s Day should remind us to do better as parents and raise children who are respectful and kind. The recent tragic event at Ajayi Crowther University, where students killed a fellow student in the name of jungle justice, highlights the severe consequences of a lack of home training and moral values. Even if theft occurred, it does not justify taking another person’s life. Respect, courtesy, responsibility, kindness, and hard work are values we were raised with.

“Although we may not have liked the discipline at the time, we are grateful to our parents today for instilling these values in us. We have a nation-building responsibility to raise the next generation of quality individuals. Happy Children’s Day once again. May God keep our children for us, protect us from all forms of evil, and grant us a great celebration filled with wonderful experiences for the kids.

My name is Toyin Abraham Ajeyemi. I was once a little child, and I am now entrusted with the responsibility of raising quality children for a better society and nation.”

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