Presidency advocates for stricter laws to checkmate sexual abuse in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari has advocated stricter laws to prevent girls from being abused in our schools. Mr Buhari made the call via a statement by his Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, according to the media.
In his reaction to the recent high profile revelation of sexual abuse cases in institutions of higher learning in the country, President Buhari said he is glad that the incident, exposed through under-cover news reporting at the University of Lagos has spurred an amendment to our laws regarding the issue in the National Assembly.
President Buhari said such proposed amendments passed by the Legislature will get his support as long as they conform to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Survivors and their families must avoid cover-up. They should be encouraged to come forth and report cases of abuses wherever and whenever they occur,” the President demanded.
The Nigerian Senate had on Wednesday revisited the sexual harassment bill which was sponsored by Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) and passed by the 8th Senate.
The Bill, which was introduced by the 8th Senate in October 2016, seeks a five-year jail term and five million naira fine for lecturers convicted for sexually harassing male or female students.