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Pulse Nigeria Poll Readers want Amos to disown his troublesome son

38% of Pulse Nigeria Poll voters want Amos to disown his troublesome son, Austin, to avoid getting into bigger trouble.

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Amos is a worried man at the moment after his last son, Austin, committed a serious abomination by sleeping with his father's young wife.

Now the village wants them to carry out some sacrifices which include walking around the town naked to cleanse the land of the calamity that would come with the sacrilege.

What should he do?

Read his story here:

"My name is Amos, a 54-year-old man. I have four grown children out of which three are married with the youngest, a 24-year-old boy who has become a thorn in my flesh.

The boy, Austin, has become not only an embarrassment to me and the family but a cause of pain, heartache and my present hypertensive state.

I fear that Austin will lead me to my grave and that is why I decided to seek help from your readers and I hope they will help me out.

Austin was caught raping my young wife and where I come from, it is a serious abomination and the propitiation for such include me, my wife and the culprit dancing naked round our the village, among other things.

I got married to Hannah after my wife and the mother of my children died three years ago. We had lived in Lagos for years and only had to relocate to the village at the death of my wife.

My people were on my neck to get married to another woman so that she could take care of me in my old age since my children were all grown up and the girls were married.

Austin was staying with my eldest son in Lagos and a student of a private university there but he had to run down to the village after he was involved in some cult activities and had to be expelled while the police declared him wanted.

When he came to join me in the village, I sat him down and cautioned him on how to behave since he was not born in the village and did not know much of the customs.

But a few days after, he had teamed up with some good-for-nothing boys in the village and soon became a source of concern for everyone. Being a Lagos-born, he soon assumed leadership and they formed a cult group and has been giving me sleepless nights.

If he was not involved in a fight, he was accused of stealing, vandalism and other forms of crimes. But the worst came when he raped Hannah one day after I had gone to visit the Igwe in council.

I was still at the Igwe's place when some village youths dragged Austin into the Igwe's palace with my wife crying behind them, her clothes torn and her face bloodied.

She narrated that my son had raped her after beating her up in her room. It was her screams that alerted neighours who went to verify what was wrong and they met my own son on his stepmother.

Now, the Igwe and other elders have mandated we must carry out the shameful naked procession after I had carried out other cleansing rites or else it will bring serious calamity to my family and the entire community.

But as a Christian, this is quite against my belief just as my pastor has told me I should not dare carry out the cleansing rites.

I am torn between my religious belief and my tradition. What should I do?


The teaser for the day was:

What should Amos do in this situation he has found himself?

How Nigeria voted:

He should carry out the rites to save his family from calamity - 27%

He should stand firmly by his religious beliefs - 35%

He should disown his son as he is the cause of the problems - 38%

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