Success for Nigerian Soroptimists lobbying
A Governor of a state in Nigeria, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria has recently signed into law a bill passed by the state House of Assembly banning the cultural and traditional practice whereby widows are made to drink the bath water of their dead husbands, have their hair shaved and their deceased husband’s property seized. The law now makes such acts a crime punishable with 3 years imprisonment without an option of a fine. Therefore the perpetrators of such wicked and malicious acts now face imprisonment. The Soroptimist International of Nigeria Association(SINA)President Funlola recently sent a press release which was published in the Vanguard newspaper of Wednesday 5th June 2013 thanking and congratulating the Akwa Ibom State Governor Chief Godswill Akpabio for his magnanimity in signing the bill into law. She also sent a letter to the Governor and while congratulating him, she urged him to coerce his brother Governors in other States of Nigeria to emulate his action.
In some parts of Nigeria, widows rights to inheritance is non existence and they are made to undergo traumatic conditions in the name of funeral rites of passage of their deceased husbands. Now widows in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria can be rest assured that they will at least retain their houses and any property or land left by their late husbands.