President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday while reacting to the scandal involving lecturers in tertiary institutions and female students, called on victims of sexual abuse to always speak out.
The president also called for stricter laws which will protect female students from being abused in schools.
Read Buhari’s statement as released by Mr. Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
“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.”
“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,” it added.
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