Simon Atigwe, a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Igbo-Eze North, Udenu Federal Constituency, has offered scholarship up to university level to the girl, Miss Chioma Ogbu, who was unjustly brutalized by her uncle, Ifeanyi Apeh, at Onitsha, Anambra State in the viral video.
Atigwe who feels there is need to resuscitate the girl, and see that the girl does great with her life so as to give her life a meaning, decided to award her a scholarship up to university level.
While he described the act by Apeh as heartless and inhuman, he pointed out that the little girl would not have been subjected to such a terrible fate if she was under the care of her biological parents.
Speaking on Monday, at his country home, Aji, in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, the lawmaker said ” The little Chioma, and Ifeanyi Apeh, the perpetrator, are from my costituency and therefore, part of the people I am representing and I have to take care of her because of her humble background.
This world is becoming too brutal. If the child had good parental care, she would not have gotten into this mess and her future should not be wiped out because of the crime she did not commit.
Furthermore, he said: “Due to the need to resuscitate her and see what she can do with her life, I have awarded her a scholarship up to university level to give her life a meaning.”
He equally urged the Nigerian Police Force to bring Apeh to face justice, adding that it would serve as a deterrent to other guardians who unjustly brutalize their wards.
- In his words, he said: “What Apeh did is worse than taking somebody into slavery and we should do everything humanly possible to discourage such wickedness in our society. Serious punishment should be meted out to anyone who perpetrated such brutality to discourage others from doing same to their children and wards. I will link up with the police in Anambra State to ensure that the culprit is brought to book.”
Meanwhile, he pleaded with guardians and caregivers to treat people under them with love as an appreciation to God for blessing them.
Repording by: Fatimah Oyesanmi