Nollywood icon Jide Kosoko has broken his silence on allegations that he killed his third wife Henrietta for rituals. There were insinuations that the actor, who has lost three wives, used them for money-making rituals. It was also said that it was a rare coincidence for a man to lose three wives consecutively.
However, the actor told Punch:
“Henrietta lived with me for over 20 years. I never expected or prayed that she would die. It saddens my heart when I hear people saying all sorts of things about her death. We all come to this world at one point in time and our exit will happen one day whether we like it or not.
“God is the giver of life. He gives it and takes it when He likes. I wish I could stop Henrietta from dying. I believe she died at God’s appointed time for her. If it is my turn tomorrow, I will not exceed that day. It is in whose place to say that someone’s death is not natural? I leave them to their belief. I leave them to God.
“Honestly I don’t know how I have been coping. I don’t know if I should tell you I have been fine or otherwise. I can only say God has been my rock till this moment. The truth is that I am yet to come to terms with the reality that she is no more. I don’t want to believe that she is gone. So many things have been coming up since she passed away and I know things will continue like that for some time. She died of complications arising from diabetes,” he restated, debunking that issues arose over where Henrietta would be laid to rest.”Recall late Henrietta’s family insisted that she should be buried in Delta State against the arrangement the actor had made for her to be buried in Lagos State.
He however, said people misunderstood the entire story, noting that there was no form of fight or argument over the burial location.
“That was the misconception that people had about the burial. Since the day she died, her family had wanted her to be buried in Delta. There were no issues about that at all. I was only trying to bargain for her to be buried in Lagos.
“Since the beginning of our relationship, her father did not hesitate to let me know that they had customs and tradition that must be strictly adhered to. The man told me that I am giving you my daughter but I am not releasing the rope. So when she died, I only proposed that she should be buried in Lagos but I am a man of culture and I respect tradition very well.
“So, there was no fuss about where she would be buried because we already knew where we were going. I am doing everything possible to make sure that I immortalize her, to make sure that her memory is not forgotten. She meant a lot to me and the movie industry,” Kosoko noted.