President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is in need of a stricter laws to protect girls and women from abuse.
The President said this in a series of tweets on his official and verified twitter handle.
Buhari’s statement is coming days after BBC exclusive documentary titled “Sex-For-Grades” that exposed sexual harassment of female students by lecturers in the University of Lagos and a Ghanaian University.
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.”
“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.”