Anambra State Commissioner for Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, and her Information and Public Enlightenment counterpart, Hon C Don Adinuba, on Friday, 18th June, 2021, intervened in the case which trended on social media platforms early last week where a 34-year- old widow claimed she was mandated to drink husband corpse bathwater to prove her Innocence before her husband could be buried.
The trending story which was published by THE RAZOR NEWS with the image of the Honorable Commissioner for Women Affairs, drew wide condemnation across online and offline audience following the alleged wicked practice which has been abolished in Igbo land following the advent of Christianity
While suing for peace, after listening to both parties, Lady Mezue pleaded with the family to find a place in their hearts to forgive each other, she pleaded that whatever that led to such outdated practice being mentioned no matter the circumstances should be settled amicably.
Denying the incident an elder brother to the deceased, Mr Friday Asomugha, explained that they did not subject, neither did they mandate their late brother’s widow to indulge in any archaic practice, he further narrated how the statement was made out of anger by one of their relatives, this according to him was when the widow returned home for burial of her husband without her four children, leading to angry outburst and hot exchanges.
In a remorseful mode, some elders in the community, including the President General of Ezike Chima peoples assemble Ihiala, Mr Pius Nwabuikwu and Mr Ossy Agums collaborated the story, reiterating that the burial went ahead successfully without any hitches or archaic practice and in full participation of the widow Mrs Chioma Asomugha.
While addressing his kinsmen, Hon Adinuba who incidentally is from the community, pleaded with both parties to desist from any act capable of soiling the hard won good image of the community and Anambra State, he urged them to make peace in other to attract prosperity to the family and the community at large.
Lady Mezue presented food items and beverages to the widowed mother of four.