A lady by the name Ogechi Stella Njoku yesterday took to her Facebook page to accuse humanright activist, Emeka Ugwuonye, of releasing her HIV status online because they had a disagreement due to money matter. Emeka has replied her now. Read what he wrote below...
ABOUT THE LADY THAT SAYS I DISCLOSED HER HIV STATUS:
A friend of mine, based in Canada, just had a chat with me. Toward
the end of the chat, he told me there was some social media story
involving me and he urged me to respond to it.
I already knew what he was talking about. It is really a bizarre
story of one lady who claimed that I exposed her HIV status. I tried to
tell my friend that there was no need to react to that repeated
falsehood. To react to it would be to give more attention to the woman
and that is what she is looking for. Besides, I have previously
explained that the story was false.
I did not expose her HIV status. I would not do such a thing, and
there are many reasons not to do so. The first reason is that I actually
do not view HIV-positives negatively. I am very well informed about HIV
and I actually see it as not being any different from diabetes. I don't
view a carrier as such a big deal. You have to believe in something
before you can use such a thing. I do not believe that an HIV-positive
is worse off than any other people in the society, especially someone
that has admitted she has it and is receiving treatment. So, I would not
have seen being a HIV positive as a weapon to use against a person.
That is if I were minded to hurt this person, which I was not at all.
What happened was that this lady came to DPA last year and she wanted
DPA to compel her boyfriend to undergo HIV test. I asked her why, she
said because the man had been having unprotected sex with her and she
believed he was also HIV positive. I asked her since she was not afraid
of being infected since she was positive herself, what was the need in
trying to establish his own status. She explained to me that the man was
married and the man was dating her friend, and that it was necessary to
warn those two women about the man's status.
That was a bizarre story. I would not have pursued it. But there were
other issues between her and the man. The man seized her computers and
her medical records and was distributing the information and harassing
her. The man was publicly accusing her of deliberately infecting men in
Abuja. This lady presented to me a very patent story of abuse in the
hands of that man.
I clearly informed her that what she was asking me to do might expose
her status, because I thought she wanted to keep it hidden. But this
women (in writing, which I have) told me that she had actually made it
public and that she did not mind her status being disclosed in the
effort to stop Adesina (her boyfriend) from harassing her.
That was how we in DPA commenced work on her case and we made the
case public in 2016. The woman was happy with our work. She praised us.
She commended us. So, any idea that I made her status public is false.
She made it public. She posted her stories everywhere.
It was at the end of the case between her and her boyfriend that I
finally understood her motive. She knew all along that her boyfriend was
married, but continued to date him. However, her boyfriend also started
a relationship with her friend. She did not want her boyfriend to date
any other woman. She felt that the best way to keep the man to herself
was to disclose that he was HIV positive. She knew that if the man was
known to be HIV positive, it would be harder for him to date other
women, particularly that her friend. In an effort to disclose to the
world that her boyfriend was HIV pisitive, she did not care about
disclosing her owns status. It was a rather unfortunate and desperate
situation for her. But we got to know that truth toward the end of the
It was a very public thing then. DPA insisted that the man would go
for HIV test. The man actually requested DPA to send representatives to
follow him for the test. He did the test and he published the result. It
turned out that the man was negative. He never had unprotected sex with
this woman. The only reason she falsely accused him of having
unprotected sex with her was simply to tar him with her own status. So,
clearly to us, this lady is a troublemaker extra-ordiannare and a liar.
But we didn't know all that till the end of her case with her boyfriend.
We got back her computer from the money and we stopped the man from
In fact, the latest mention of her case recently, which she is now
hinging her false claims upon, was in July when I commended her for her
courage in coming forward to disclose her status last year. Apparently,
while last year she was disclosing her status, I did not know that she
had changed her mind this year and wanted to hide her status.
It is always troubling when an HIV patient, who had previously
disclosed her status suddenly decides to hide it. It suggests she is in a
relationship with someone that does not know her status. But I didn't
know all that and I was not interested in all that.
What actually happened was that, unknown to me, this same lady had
joined DPA and climbed to a position in the DPA Chapter in Abuja. After
her case last year, I did not follow her case anymore. I didn't follow
her to know what she was up to. So, this year on an entirely different
matter where there was misconduct on her part, she was removed from DPA.
She is bitter about it and she peddles these false stories of how I
disclosed her status. That is utterly false. She even claims to have had
a function in DPA and all that. That was not true. She was never an
Admin in DPA.
I will post the message she sent to me at the end of our work for her
last year. I urge those who read her stories to discountenance them as
sour grape. She is bitter that I removed her from DPA. Also, she is
enjoying the little fame that comes with fighting Emeka Ugwuonye.
I really don't think it is proper for me to spend more time on this
issue. I just hope that her friends will urge her to stop infecting men
with HIV, if the allegations of her ex-boyfriend, Mr. Adesina, were to
be true. While nobody should stigmatize her for being HIV positive, she
has a duty to avoid infecting unsuspecting men with the disease as those
who know her well have alleged.
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