Talking back at your husband can lead to death, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye warns women

Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye
Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye

Minister of women affairs Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye has advised women to maintain peace in their homes by not talking back at their husbands.

The minister spoke on Wednesday during the Conference of Commissioners of State Ministries of Women Affairs in Nigeria.

According to her, trading words could cause physical assault that may lead to injury or death.

She said: “I am equally begging my women not to look for trouble, not even at home. Maintain peace in your home because if a home is peaceful, the woman has 80 per cent to contribute to that. If you need peace, you can equally achieve it.

“Keep your mouth shut. Talking back does not yield fruit, rather it leads to death and destruction, it leads to bringing up bad children for society.

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“Keep your mouth shut, it does not make you a fool but a wise person. When the man is shouting and saying all sorts of things, act like a fool and keep your mouth shut.

“After a while, watch him. If he is a good man, he will come back to apologise. If he is not a good one, ignore him. Have what you want to do in your mind, but when we show who we are and we fight back, most times, it leads to hitting; you could be injured.

“The same man that injures you will come back to say I am sorry. What will you do? Will you kill him? Even if we come out to fight for you and you lose one eye, are we going to replace the eye? So prevention is better than cure.”

Mrs Kennedy-Ohanenye called for the establishment of a mobile court to try gender and sexual-based offences.