President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disgust over the long trending of sexual abuse in the nation’s educational institutions even as he vowed to evolve tougher laws to tackle the offenders.
The President who was reacting to the recent high profile revelation of sexual abuse cases in institutions of higher learning in the country, said that the incident had exposed through under-cover news reporting at the University of Lagos which had spurred an amendment to the laws regarding the issue in the National Assembly.
President Buhari said that 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.
“The country must do more to address incidents of sexual violence, sexual abuses in our schools, discrimination, human trafficking and cultural practices that violate women’s rights.”
President Buhari asked the law enforcement agencies and school administrators to take up such cases with every seriousness and ensure that perpetrators face the consequences of their actions.
“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.”