Obiageli Ezekwesili, the former minister of education, has admonished churches to take matters related to violence against women seriously.

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The 58-year-old was reacting to the death of Osinachi Nwachukwu, the ‘Ekwueme’ singer, in a Twitter thread on Saturday.

Nwachukwu died at an Abuja hospital on Friday.

Edwin Alex, the gospel musician, had claimed that she died of throat cancer.

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But some social media users alleged that her death was due to domestic violence.

Frank Edwards, another gospel singer, also claimed that Nwachukwu’s death was caused by an “unreasonable human”.

In her reaction, Ezekwesili said the singer’s demise is “saddening” but to “read allegations of spousal abuse worsens the pain”.

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The former minister also sought that the truth behind Nwachukwu’s death be revealed and justice served to those responsible.

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“The death of Osinachi Nwachukwu of the epic *Ekwueme* worship song really hit hard. To read allegations of spousal abuse worsens the pain. I hope the truth is unearthed and justice given,” she tweeted.

“Everyone, including Churches must take issues of Violence Against Women seriously. Urgently

“I doubt that many in our society really pay enough attention to the troubling data that’s available on Gender-based Violence in Nigeria, África and the World at large. It is actually an Epidemic.

“Globally, a 2018 study shows nearly 1 in 3, or 30% of women are Victims.”

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