President Muhammadu Buhari has said that stricter laws are needed to prevent girls from being sexually abused in schools across the country.
President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu made this know in a statement in Abuja on Friday. He said President Buhari expressed his feelings while reacting to the recent high profile revealing of sexual abuse cases in institutions of higher learning in the country,
He expressed his delight that the under-cover news reporting of the University of Lagos lecturer, had spurred an amendment to the nation’s 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.
“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.”
Buhari charged 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,” the President demanded.