Sexual violence has been described as a heinous crime. With the prevalence of such crimes in Nigeria, the National Assembly and other well meaning Nigerians has risen up to call for condemnation of these dastardly crimes and put a law to that effect. In line with the position of the Senators and House of Reps, the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has given his full support for the creation of laws that would penalize sexual offenders if found guilty.
Speaking on this, the president took to his social media (Facebook) page to lend his support. He said “Nigeria needs stricter laws to protect girls and women from abuse. I very much welcome the National Assembly’s proposed amendments to our laws, following the recent high-profile revelations of sexual abuse in our institutions of higher learning.”
He continued “I acknowledge that we need to do more as a country to address incidents of sexual violence and sexual abuse in our schools; and all forms of discrimination, human trafficking and cultural practices that violate women’s rights.”
“I urge our law enforcement agencies and school administrators to take up such cases with every seriousness, and ensure that perpetrators face the consequences of their actions. The practice of shaming and silencing victims must also be discouraged by all”, he concluded.
The country was totally embarrassed when the BBC documentary showcased how some Nigerian lecturers demand sex for marks in the country’s higher institutions of learning.
Anthony Emeka NWOSU