According to Whitney Omodesola Adeniran’s mother, the happy child was enthusiastic about Chrisland High School, Ikeja’s inter-house sport, only to breathe her last at the event she had enjoined her parents to ensure they get there early because of sheer recklessness by certain quarters.
February 9, 2023, should teach every Nigerian a lesson.
This is not to mock the death of 12-year-old Whitney but should prepare everyone to make health provisions and cater to health-related challenges at every event.
Understandably, Nigeria is filled up with serendipitous citizens; those who leave everything they do to chance and God without making adequate preparation.
The school should have foreseen the shortcomings of hosting people from different strata at a venue as big as Agege Sports Stadium.
According to the information received by AllNews Nigeria on Friday from the office of Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry Of Justice, the school management rushed her to Agege Central Hospital, Agege, Lagos, where she was confirmed “brought in dead” (BID) by the doctor on duty after she slumped.
As a people, it is high time we became more strategic in handling events.
We also need to stop thinking that we are on top of every situation, even when it is glaring that we are not.
In an interview on TVC News, Whitney’s mother said some students told her that some people at the premises were trying to render basic unproven medical help when they could have quickly taken her to the hospital before the matter got worse.
The "Sabi attitude" that some Nigerians put up when health emergencies happen is certainly unhelpful, and Whitney’s case should teach everyone who fancies such help an unforgettable lesson.
Instead of trying to turn emergency doctors, we should always be quick to go to the hospital unless the person applying the first aid is medical personnel.
Whitney’s case was referred to the Nigerian Police Force, which carried out a thorough investigation with the help of other agents On March 23, 2023, and concluded that Manslaughter and Reckless and Negligent Acts had been established against the school, some members of Staff and one of the Vendors.
They will be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless and Negligent Acts contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, Ch C17, Vol. three, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
But let’s face it, charging the people involved to court is a big statement but every Nigerian must be more careful about the people under us in any capacity.
Justice, if served, will only soothe the family but will certainly not bring back the dead.
We need to ensure that we don’t allow our actions or inaction take the life of anyone.
That’s the biggest lesson needed to be learnt.
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