Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, has condemned bullying as a “perversive culture” that is incompatible with the virtues of education.
On Friday, he spoke during the inauguration of four new school infrastructure projects at Lagos State Model College in Igbokuta, Ikorodu division.
Sanwo-Olu informed the school’s students that bullying is not a show of bravery, but rather acts of physical weakness, and urged them to report anyone frightening them right away.
This was revealed in a statement signed by Gboyega Akosile, his Chief Press Secretary.
The Governor was quoted as saying, “The choice of school projects we are delivering is to raise the standards of our schools and ensure that you pupils learn under the most conducive environment. You must be well behaved, if there is an unusual event, don’t be afraid to say it out. We will not allow bullying in our schools.
“Pupils in the senior classes will not be allowed to bully their mates in junior classes. Senior pupils are meant to support and encourage their junior ones. We do not want to have pupils that will be condoning bullying and cultism in their schools. Any one of you who is a bully or member of a secret cult group must renounce and stay away from the act.
“I encourage you to say something if you see something. We are determined to eradicate bullying and ensure there is harmony in all our schools. I want you to be supportive of one another. It is only when you support yourselves that you will grow to become great students, individuals and great citizens of this nation.”
Teachers were pushed by Sanwo-Olu to be vigilant and sensitive to their students’ observations, adding that exhibiting understanding could save mistreated students.
The Governor made the statement in response to the death of Sylvester Oromoni, a student at Dowen College in Lagos, who was allegedly beaten to death by his classmates.