The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has pledged the provision of psycho-social support for the children of late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu.
Osinachi reportedly died as a result of injuries allegedly arising from domestic violence perpetrated by her husband, Peter Nwachukwu. There were also reports of Osinach’s children participating in the beating of their mother after being tied up by their father.
In a press statement she signed, Dame Tallen insists that the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs under her watch will prosecute this matter to get justice for Osinachi.
“In Nigeria today, domestic violence is a crime under the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (2015). The Federal Government of Nigeria and the states have declared zero tolerance for Gender-Based Violence. And so, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs under my watch will prosecute this matter to get justice for Osinachi.
“It is obvious that her children also need psycho-social support to heal from this trauma if it is true that their father will go the whole length of tying her up and asking the children to flog her with a cane. This is unbelievable and must be condemned in all its ramifications”, the Minister stressed.
The Plateau State-born Minister said her Ministry, working with relevant authorities, will set in motion the mechanism to rehabilitate Osinachi’s children so that they do not grow up damaged and assume that such acts are normal thereby poisoning the society.
She further counselled religious and traditional institutions as well as family members to always expose cases of domestic violence whenever it is noticed.
“It is now truly obvious that violence knows no class or creed. It could have been that she cried out to her Church or Pastor or friends or family, but all she got was “it is well” and now that the inevitable has happened, they are speaking out. It is not well. if we carry on with the traditional ways of sweeping bad behaviour under the carpet
“I know that more women are going through such traumatic experiences, please give them a listening ear, provide wise counsel and save them from untimely death. I am not advocating for divorce for those who will misunderstand me! All I am asking is that we stand up to the truth where necessary and promptly so save a life when we have an opportunity to do so. We cannot continue to keep losing our young women to mentally unstable young men all in the name of marriage. Life first before anything.”