Josephina Otabor, also known as Phyna, the winner of Big Brother Naija season seven, has issued a public apology for the controversy sparked by her comments on abortion. During an interview with Chude Jideonwo, she acknowledged her error in making a sweeping generalization by suggesting that all women have undergone one or two abortions. The reality star clarified that she had no intention of causing harm and regretted making such an insensitive generalization about all women.
“I write this statement to address the issues concerning an interview did months ago where I talked about a very sensitive topic and I inaccurately suggested “all” women have engaged in it. Firstly, I would like to address the fact that in as much as I was misunderstood, I didn’t mean to project it on every female gender. I will never encourage abortion especially not in this part of the world, where it can pose a great threat to the life of the person with the illegal and unhealthy procedures that surround it.”
Phyna went into detail, expressing her regret and asserting that she does not stand for abortions. She went on to add that she is focused on bettering herself and is working with non-governmental organisations to that effect.
She went on to say,
“I admit that I was being too expressive in the heat of the interview hence my assertions. I will reiterate that abortion is not a thing I stand for and I should not be seen in that light and I admit to all mistakes made. In addition, I’m currently working with gender-based organisations and NGOs to provide sensitization, education about abortion and other societal issues prone to the girl child. I want to use this medium to thank my fans, friends and family for their constant love and support, I do not intend to let you down.”