President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the recent high profile revelation of sexual abuse cases in institutions of higher learning in the country, which was released by the BBC on Monday October 7th. The documentary titled Sex For Grades has generated a lot of reactions since its release, showed how male lecturers in the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana sexually harass their female students and compromise academic standards in the process.
In a series of tweets posted yesterday afternoon, President Buhari said Nigeria needs stricter laws to protect girls and women from all forms of sexual abuse.
He directed law enforcement agencies and school administrators to ensure that lecturers found guilty of sexually harassing their female students face the consequences of their actions.
“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”
the tweets read.
See screenshot of the tweets below: