Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The residents of Port Harcourt have lamented over the old tradition of maltreating widows upon the death of their husbands.
Some of the residents who spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital believes that it is wrong and ungodly to maltreat widows who may not be the suspects in their husband’s death.
Reacting yesterday on the issue Chief Anthony Alikor of Rumuchinda Community, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State explained that maltreating a widow is unnecessary and barbaric.
Chief Alikor said it is not ideal to subject a widow to such inhumane practice, adding that such a practice is against the principle of human creation by God.
He said: “It is only the gods that knows what happened to the person, why he died and not human beings, so suffering the woman is meaningless.
Also speaking, Elder Adolphus Ichemati said subjecting a widow to certain unhealthy practices was the norm in the past that the advent of modernization has abolished.
Ichemati said before now subjecting a woman to some rites to show her innocence was the ideal practice but such practice has ceased.
“What we still do is that when a woman is accused of killing her husband she will be brought before her husband’s corpse, jump over him to prove her innocence,” Ichemati said.