Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has assured a woman, Mrs. Augustina Ifebuchechukwu Eze, whose seven-year-old son was allegedly killed by her husband, Chidi Onyishi, for money ritual, that the state government would do everything within its powers to ensure that she and her children do not suffer.
Speaking when he led a delegation from Gov. Ugwuanyi to commiserate with the woman and her children, the special adviser to the governor on information, Steve Oruruo, said the state government would stand vigorously behind them to overcome the shock and mitigate their suffering.
Oruruo who disclosed that the governor was saddened by the news of the incident, condoled with the woman and her children and prayed for the repose of the slain child’s soul, stressing that the act allegedly perpetrated by her husband was “unimaginable and unthinkable by all standards”.
Consoling Mrs. Eze and her children, Oruruo who presented Gov. Ugwuanyi’s initial cash donation to them for interim upkeep, said: “We want to reassure you that the state government will stand vigorously behind you and mitigate the suffering of your kids and contribute immensely to your recovery from this shock.
“And it is the wish of the government to use all legal means to ensure that there is diligent investigation and that the course of justice cannot be subverted. The government is poised not to allow it to be truncated.
“Everything that needs to be done will be done by Enugu State government to ensure that you find justice and overcome this challenge.
“Our governor is a good-minded person who is interested in your wellbeing and that of your children. So he has sent us to come and commiserate with you and reassure you that you will not stand alone. Government will be with you and will give you support as we pray that God will give you stronger reason to find comfort.
“The governor has sent N500,000 to you and your kids in the interim and every other thing that should be done will be done and this interface will continue between you and the state government to ensure that you and your children are comfortable,” he said.
Responding, Mrs. Eze, who said she was speechless at Gov. Ugwuanyi’s gesture, thanked the governor for his compassion and benevolence, saying she was still in shock over her son’s sudden death.