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Anambra best in war against harmful traditional practices – Body

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ANAMBRA State has been rated as the best in promotion and protection of human rights against harmful traditional practices in Nigeria.

  National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) gave the rating in Awka when Anambra State Coordinator of the Commission, Nkechi Ugwuanyi, led a team to Commissioner for Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Ndidi Mezue, and Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in solidarity with the state intervention in the Asomugha family of Ihiala over their attempt to re-enact harmful traditional practice in the area.

  Addressing the team, Adinuba restated the state government’s commitment to bringing Anambra up to speed in promotion of human rights and protection of the vulnerable members of society.

  According to him, government had warned both parties to desist from any act capable of bringing the image of the community and Anambra State to disrepute and urged them to make peace in order to attract prosperity to the family and the community at large.

  Also speaking, Mezue  said that after listening to the affected family members, she pleaded with them to forgive each other,  for the sake of peace and love, adding that whatever led to such obnoxious practice would not be condoned by government.

  Member of Asomugha family, Mr. Friday, and some elders in the community, including the President-General of Ezike-Chima People’s Assembly Ihiala, Pius Nwabuikwu and Ossy Agums, who described the practice as obnoxious, denied the report that trended on the social media, saying that their late brother’s widow was not subjected or mandated to indulge in such practice, instead, it was a statement made out of anger by a relative, when the widow returned home for burial of her husband without her four children, which led to angry outbursts.

  They explained that the burial went ahead successfully without any hitches and in full participation of the widow, Chioma Asomugha who thanked the state government for providing food items and beverages to she and her four little kids.

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