● Says children should be protected not exposed
A child and gender rights advocacy group, Men Against Rape Foundation (MARF) has called on Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen to focus on the management of the three children left by the late iconic gospel singer, Mrs Osinachi Nwachukwu for trauma rather than to continually expose them to more traumatizing events.
MARF’s statement comes in the wake of the extended trauma the kids have been exposed to by being made to watch their father, Mr Peter Nwachukwu being paraded last week for his complicity in the death of their mother.
In a statement issued by the Executive Director of MARF, Lemmy Ughegbe, he wondered why Dame Tallen was more interested in posing for the camera than the state of the mental health of Osinachi’s children.
Ughegbe said despite MARF’s unalloyed stand that Mr Nwachukwu be made to face the full wrath of the law, global best practices and even common sense forbade that the children be exposed to a parade of their father for it further traumatized them.
According to him, their father could be paraded even on the street for all he cared, but the children who were minors ought not be exposed to it in line with global best practices.
Ughegbe said the Minister was too well traveled and exposed to feign ignorance of the psychosocial consequences of continually exposing the children to traumatizing experiences such a parading their father before them especially after the trauma of losing their mother to years of abuse by the same man.
“Priority should be genuine care for the mental health of the children not political mileage for the minister through publicity stunts. Even if she wants publicity, she can leave the children out. They deserve to be protected from further trauma,” he said.
Part of the statement reads: “Minister Pauline Tallen seems more focused on publicity stunts and clout chasing in the Osinachi Nwachukwu case than protecting the mental health of the late music maestro’s children.
“Despite how traumatized the kids are, Tallen and all those around her rather than get the children completely away from the radar of the public and away from all of these further traumatizing activities, they soak them in, apparently, for the optics.
“For a minister who is well traveled and exposed, she can’t feign ignorance of the effect of parading their father before them. It is lack of care for the kids that she has demonstrated.
“As a Child and Gender Rights Advocate, I condemn the continuing traumatization of those kids and urge Madam Minister to make the welfare and psychosocial need of the children a priority even as we call for a thorough investigation into the allegations of Domestic Violence brought against Osinachi’s husband, Peter Nwachukwu. That is what justice will mean for Osinachi if we could here her speak to us
“It is therefore incumbent on Madam Minister and relevant agencies to excuse the children from the scene and provide the needed psychosocial support for them which is mandated by the provisions of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) 2015.”