ENUGU State governor, Mr Sullivan Chime, has promised to continue to protect the integrity of his wife, Clara, in spite of campaigns against him.
Speaking with newsmen in Enugu, on Wednesday, Chime said it had become imperative for him to clarify issues about his wife’s health challenges, going by the campaign of calumny against his person.
“Well, my wife has some medical challenges and it would be very unkind for me to talk about her condition on the pages of newspapers.
“I have done everything to protect her integrity and I am not going to expose her to ridicule now, because some people want to exploit her situation to drag me into a needless war of words.
“We’ve been battling this prior to my inauguration in 2011. It was so bad at a time that she had to be taken out of here (Governor’s Lodge) for treatment.
“When she stabilised, I pleaded with her doctors if she could be brought back here to be receiving her treatment at home and they graciously accepted.
“There was a time she was confined indoors and that was strictly on her doctors’ advice. She’s here and she can confirm or deny it. Also, the doctors then advised against allowing her access to telephones and her laptop,” he said.
The governor said his wife was safe in the Government House, adding that her confinement within the premises was at the instance of her doctor, who was also present at the briefing.
“Why would I want my wife locked up? If it had been that I had issues with her, there are many ways to resolve them. But that’s not the case. She is not well and I’m willing to do anything to support and protect her.
“It was always more convenient for me to have taken the easier route, but that would have been very callous and ungodly.
“When I had my own health challenge, I was receiving treatment in London and thinking about her, making sure she received the right treatment. I’m forever grateful to her doctors who have done a great job.
“Both families are billed to meet very soon and after that, I’ll take a decision which will be in the interest of both parties,” the governor said.
On his reaction to a purported petition to the inspector-general of police by renowned lawyer, Chief Femi Falana, the governor said “he’s my professional colleague, but sometimes you leave people to their conscience.”
He said he was not worried about the development, adding that when he was receiving treatment in London, some of the newspapers reported that he had died in India.
Clara, who was present during the briefing, denied sending any petition to the National Human Rights Commission, alleging unlawful detention by her husband.
She also denied contacting or engaging the services of Falana or any other lawyer to seek her freedom from an alleged incarceration at Government House, Enugu.
“My doctor and I don’t have any problem,” she said.
On the current situation, Clara said she had the key to her room and controlled her entry and exit.
She, however, said her grouse was that she had not been allowed to leave the premises except on Sundays to attend mass.