Tuoyo Etoromi, the younger son of former minister of aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, has denounced his father, saying he would rather be a “bastard.”
In a statement obtained by journalists, Tuoyo condemned his father, Lieutenant Colonel Satchie Etoromi for lying and also promoting a false narrative regarding the death of his second son and Tuoyo’s brother, Maxwell Chinedu Etoromi.
He alleged that his father lied in an “attention seeking” statement which he released regarding events after the death of Maxwell on Thursday, August 26, 2016.
Colonel Etoromi had said Stella Oduah denied him access to their son and only found out about the Maxwell’s death through the media.
Etoromi also insisted the boy’s body must be brought back to him to be buried in Delta state, his hometown, rather than in Anambra State, his mother, Ms Oduah’s hometown.
Maxwell passed away at the age of 28 at a Turkish private hospital in Abuja after being given the wrong medication following a tooth surgery, and was eventually laid to rest on Saturday, September 3, 2016, in Anambra State.
“I feel so heartbroken and distraught that during our time of mourning for my beloved brother, I have been reduced to issue a press statement against my biological father, Mr. Satchie Etoromi,” his statement said.
“Life is serious. It is not a Nollywood movie. This is madness.
“This is evil. This is defamation. This is attention seeking. This is opportunism. This is shamelessness. This is jealousy. This is abnormal. This is bitterness. This is shocking!
“Buwa and I were the product of a short and abusive marriage that ended almost 30 years ago. To a man with many other wives and children.
“Stella Oduah is the only father, mother, carer and provider that my brother has ever known.
“The Oduah family is the only Family that he has ever been part of and Akili Ozizo in Anambra state is the only hometown he has ever had.
“I called Mr Satchie and the Etoromi family to inform them immediately my brother passed. I offered flights, accommodation and special care for him or the representatives of the family throughout the funeral.
“I offered to build a relationship and have a new start. I was happy and optimistic. But I was wrong.
“Instead of asking about his dead son, he proceeded to use my brothers passing as an excuse to shamelessly insult my mother just like he is doing now, issue death threats and even ask for dowry from almost 30 years ago.
“This is madness. Mr Satchie Etoromi’s motivation is not love, not grief, not reconciliation, not to reach out but to seek attention, bitterness, revenge, jealousy, abusive tendencies, possessiveness and maybe even genuine madness.
“Mr Satchi Etoromi, I beg you with God to please leave us alone forever and let Buwa rest in peace. May God have mercy on your soul on for what you have just done.
“I wanted to forgive and reconcile but your recent actions and character have revealed that it is better to be a bastard than be your son.
“This will be the first and last time that I will acknowledge and respond. Any further public words and actions from Mr Satchie Etoromi will be addressed through legal means,” the statement concluded.