Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Why Don't I Believe Him? Governor Chime Says He's Not Detaining His Wife; Only Keeping Her Health Issues Private

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One thing was definitely true in the initial SR story of Clara Chime's detention in her own home by her estranged husband, Governor Sullivan Chime. The first lady is obviously having medical challenges, specifically mental health issues. On whether to believe the recent report by Punch that she appeared in public with her husband and denied asking to be released, I wish there had been pictures. According to Punch,

Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State on Tuesday night denied subjecting his wife, Mrs. Clara Chime, to house arrest and has vowed to protect her from being exposed to ridicule.
Chime made this denial in the presence of some journalists, his wife and her elder brother, Mr. Tony Igwe.
Also present were the governor’s siblings, Mrs. May Oji and Dr. Jide Chime, as well as Mrs. Chime’s neuro-psychiatric doctor, Dr. Aham Agumuo, among a few others.
At the interview session, the governor’s wife denied sending any petition to the National Human Rights Commission alleging unlawful detention by her husband.
She also denied hiring the services of Mr. Femi Falana to seek her freedom from an alleged house arrest at the Governor’s Lodge, Enugu.
Falana had claimed in his letter to media houses and the Inspector-General of Police that he was engaged by the governor’s wife to seek her freedom from alleged house arrest.
The state governor, however, stated that it was “so disturbing” for him to speak out publicly about his wife’s health challenges.
He vowed to do all within his power, no matter the personal pains, to protect her from ridicule.
“Well, my wife has some medical challenges and it would be very unkind for me to talk about her condition on the pages of newspapers.
“I have done everything to protect her integrity and I’m not now going to expose her to ridicule because some people want to exploit her situation to drag me into a needless war of words,” Chime said. Source

Do you people notice that in this report, none of the so-called denials by the First Lady of Enugu State is in quotes, while a lot of the Governor's speech is reported verbatim? By the way, who says mental health problems have to come with ridicule? Those comments tell me a lot about how the Mr. Chime regards his wife, and mother of his son.

Finally, one doesn't need to be detained in her home when mentally ill, Mrs. Chime may need new doctors for a second opinion. I also remember that Gov. Chime came abroad for his cancer treatment, I wonder why he's not affording the same for his wife?

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