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Buhari seeks tougher legislations against sexual abuse

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President Muhammadu Buhari has advocated stricter laws that would prevent girls from being abused in the nation’s schools.

Reacting to the recent high profile revelation of sexual abuse cases in institutions of higher learning in the country, yesterday, President Buhari expressed satisfaction that the incident, as exposed through under-cover news reporting at the University of Lagos, has spurred an amendment to the laws regarding the issue in the National Assembly. 

The President said such proposed amendments passed by the legislature would get his support as long as they conform to the provisions of the constitution.

“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 said.

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari urged 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.


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