This week has been a sad one for Nigerian parents in UK, the greatest nightmare of any African parent here in The United Kingdom is having social services involved in your home affairs. While I agree that if these couple are truly guilty of the offences of child abuse, especially the ‘witchcraft syndrome’ many Christians label their children when found to be unruly and encouraged by Church pastors. I find it hard to believe that Christian Bishop Gloria and Chiwa Musa, the mother with six children can abuse and torment their ‘blessings and gift from God’ with such levity as described by the social workers, Haringey Council, who were heavily criticized for mishandling Victoria Climbie’s case, the little girl that died of witchcraft child abuse.
Two cruel parents convicted of a decade long campaign of abuse against their six children were jailed for seven years each today.
The couple, who claimed their kids were possessed by evil spirits, were found guilty after Coronation Street star Michelle Collins gave evidence against them.
They beat their children with brooms, hoovers and wires and even gave their baby a morphine overdose just days after her first birthday.
The plight of the children was so bad that Coronation Street actress Michelle Collins, who met them at a church lunch, took them to the cinema ‘because she felt sorry for them’
The fact that the witness against them is a London TV actress Coronation Street actress Michelle Collins does not help their case. One of the things I disagree with is telling children what their rights are, you will easily notice these kids. ‘Oh you have no rights to speak to me like that’ Oh you cant touch me, I know my rights’. ‘I will call the social worker on you’.
What eventually happens is the child becomes unruly, nonchalant and eventually get expelled from school, mix with bad gangs and end up in Juvenile prisons. Which is why most parents send their kids back to Africa for some culture learning, understanding our values and respecting elders.
For one, children are often taken from African parents and placed in Forster homes managed by white families, eventually they loose their African heritage, move from one home to the other leading to absolute failure or get adopted and name changed to an English name.
I wonder what the lot of these 7 children will be. Here is what I came across:
Nigerian Bishop Gloria Musa and her husband Joseph Chiwar Musa were found guilty of having drugged their then youngest child in a secret Family Court hearing on 28th November 2011. Gloria overheard the President of the Family Division say to the Officer of Haringey Police “they must not get bail”. Two bail applications have been refused, since they were imprisoned at the Family Court.