Daughter-in-law of GEJ’s minister accuses her of undue interference in her marriage

Christina Onwuliri, the daughter-in-law to Lady Viola Onwuliri, GEJ’s Minister of state Foreign Affairs and later state Education, has accused her of undue interference in the affairs of her home, whereby posing herself as a decision maker before issues of husband and wife would be carried out.
According to her, Viola made herself a mini-god in the lives of her male children, particularly her husband, Chukwuemeka Osmond Eleihe Onwuliri, which makes it unbearable for their wives to handle family issues. 
Her words: “Since our marriage was contracted, my mother in-law has continually decided what happens in my home, thereby having undue and unhealthy interference in the relationship with my husband. Between 2011 and 2014, while I was living in Port Harcourt with my husband, he physically and mentally abused me. .
For example, when arguments concerning on way forward in the marriage, he gets infuriated and physically beats me and locks me up in the toilet for as long as he wishes.” The matter of domestic violence has been a matter of review before the Nigeria Police and Human Right office in Abuja. 
She went further to say: “In another interference of my mother in-law, she said that my husband is not obliged to keep me in Canada where we based or elsewhere in the world. And after this encounter with her, my husband told me we will be visiting Nigeria in February. I had no misgivings about it. 
When we arrived to the family house in Owerri, I noticed the presence of a Catholic priest, a serving Honourable member of the State House of Assembly and few others. Later, I noticed that my husband picked up a bag and was leaving without prior information to me. 
Cautiously, I approached him to know where he was going, but to my greatest surprise, he violently pushed me into a room and locked me up. At that point, I saw those men taking my children, 2 and 3 years old, away without my consent. Then, I started screaming and was helpless but had no option than to start breaking the window panes in the room to get myself out. 
When they saw I was breaking the glasses, one of the drivers opened the door and I came out shouting for help, and then my children were nowhere to be found.” She said that they equally seized her academic papers, traveling passports, Canadian residential documents alongside her personal belongings. She alleged that the Imo State Commissioner of Police tagged it a marital issue and offered not help. She is now calling on the Human Right Commission for help.


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