Ekiti may sanction husbands who abandon wives



It may soon become a crime punishable by law for any husband in Ekiti to abandon his wife after childbirth.
Mrs Bisi Fayemi, the wife of the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, gave the indication in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday while on a sympathy visit to one Mrs Bosede Omole.
Omole's husband had run away after she was delivered of triplets at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.
Fayemi lamented the uncaring manner in which mothers were usually abandoned by their husbands soon after delivery of new babies, especially multiple births.
"Such behaviour is not only callous and wicked, but a betrayal of the marriage trust between couples," she said.
Mrs Fayemi promised to sponsor a bill at the state House of Assembly to prevent future occurrence of such behaviour, under her pet project called Ekiti Development Foundation (EDF).
She said the law, while in place, would make it impossible for husbands whose wives were carrying pregnancies to either run away or abandon their responsibilities.
Fayemi assured the mother of the triplets that EDF would take up the children's care, as well as empower her financially to set up a business.
Omole, who could not control her emotion when government plans for her were rolled out, thanked Fayemi profusely.
She said she found it difficult to believe that God could provide her succour through the governor's wife after her husband's disappearance.


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