President Muhammadu Buhari has added his voice to the #Sexforgrades scandal currently rocking the University of Lagos, asking families of victims of sexual abuse to always speak out and not cover up such things.
The President, who joined other Nigerians who have condemned the scandal involving a lecturer at the University, following a report by the BBC, also threw his weight behind the proposed amendment to the laws against sexual harassment of students at tertiary institutions.
According to him, stricter laws were needed to prevent girls from being abused in schools.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Garba Shehu, on Friday, quoted President Buhari as urging survivors and their families to report cases of abuse wherever and whenever they occurred and avoid cover-up.
The statement reads: “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 was glad that the incident, exposed through undercover news reporting at UNILAG, had spurred an amendment to our laws regarding the issue at the National Assembly.
“President Buhari said such proposed amendments passed by the Legislature would get his support as long as they conformed 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.”
The President also called on law enforcement agencies and school administrators to take up such cases 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 added.
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