BURIAL: Woman Beaters Mocked You For Loving Me, Betty Hails Aketi in Tribute

Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the wife of former Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, says those who assaulted their wives mocked her late husband for being lovely.

Mrs Akeredolu stated this in a tribute she wrote to her late husband during his funeral at Saint Andrews Church, Imola, Owo.

“In civilised climes, if you beat your wife, jail awaits you even if you are a governor,” stated Mrs Akeredolu. “They marvel that a Nigerian man can love his wife. To them na only Oyibo (white) man dey love.”

Although the former first lady did not mention any names, it is believed that she referred to a few aides in her late husband’s cabinet, who claimed Mr Akeredolu was weak in matters regarding his wife.

Mrs Akeredolu had faced difficult times from political supporters and aides of her late husband, as she constantly used her social media pages to throw shade at her critics while her husband was on sick bed.

Eulogising her late husband, Mrs Akeredolu lamented that he left her “alone to face all manners of mockery.”

“You just left me, just like that. It hurts badly; it hurts. Now alone to face all manners of mockery. Not a few lashed out that you were a weakling because you loved me.

“I don’t think so. In their homes, while growing up, they saw their mothers trampled upon as doormats, beaten up like punch bags.

“They copied the template and treated their wives as pieces of furniture that can be easily discarded as trash. And in many instances, the subjugation was garnished with beatings while the community looked the other way and remained unperturbed as gender-based violence reigned supreme nationwide,” she said.

She also described the former Ondo governor as a lovely, passionate and caring man, saying, “Na love at first sight brought us together, biko. No be juju! Na love, make me cross the Niger.

“That love at first sight turned out to be true and pure. And you were proud to say it. You were proud to show it

“You were even prouder to tell the people of Ondo State, and beyond that, we were a team. You were audacious to tell your people that ‘you voted for one but got two’. A testimony of my positive contribution to your life and career, emotionally and intellectually.”

While noting that her husband was never a weakling, Mrs Akeredolu pointed out that he respected and gave her honour despite being the state governor.

Mr Akeredolu was buried in Owo, his hometown, amid tributes and eulogies from dignitaries and personalities.

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