It is Shameful to Slap Women – VP Osinbajo

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says it is shameful to slap women.

According to the Cable, Osinbajo made the assertion on Monday, July 8 in his tribute at the launch of a memoir by Olusegun Osoba, the former governor of Ogun state.

The VP pointed out that as a journalist, Osoba reported the case involving Chadwick, and the latter had to resign and was punished.

He said: “Chief Olusegun Osoba’s illustrious career as a journalist and later politician, have also by some uncanny stroke of good fortune, placed him at the centre of many defining moments and situations of post-Independent Nigeria.

“Arguably the most memorable is his January 1966 scoop; the tragic discovery of the bodies of prime minister Tafawa Balewa and finance minister Festus Okotie-Eboh, not long after the coup that ended Nigeria’s First Republic.

“He was there on the frontlines in many sectors of the Civil War, recording and reporting the horrors and tragedies of a factional war. And it was he who witnessed the surprise visit of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe to Lagos during the Civil War.

“He was also right there on the frontlines, nine years later with exclusive reporting during the coup that brought General Murtala Mohammed to power.

“He happened to be in the governor’s office in Enugu when the then commissioner of police, Kafaru Tinubu, sent word of the capture of Lt Col Bukar Dimka, the man who assassinated Murtala Mohammed.

He was the only journalist to see Dimka in handcuffs in police custody in Enugu.” Osinbajo added that Osoba’s scoops also extended to the injustices amongst societal strata, and were not limited to politics.

He said: “But his scoops went beyond the political, he exclusively reported the case of British-born Patrick Chadwick, who slapped a Nigerian sales girl, Adekunbi Adeite, at the Kingsway Stores in Lagos (this despicable business of slapping women seems to have been around for a while), and how the UAC and some other journalists tried to cover it up.

“It became a national issue and the UAC eventually punished the culprit and he resigned.” 

His speech comes after a video of Nigerian Senator, Elisha Abbo, assaulting a nursing mother at a sex toy shop in Abuja, went viral.

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