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Buhari warns lecturers against sex-for-grades

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Vows to punish culprits severely
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that henceforth any lecturer implicated in sex-for-marks or other immoral acts in the educational institutions “will serve the stiffest punishment under the law.”

Buhari disclosed this in his speech at the 35th convocation of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).

He spoke just as the UNILORIN management revealed that it was already investigating allegations of sexual immorality in the university.

Represented at the occasion by the Deputy Executive Director of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr. Sulyman Yusuf, the president condemned sexual immorality, which he said painted the nation in bad light.

He expressed worry that commendable performances of some of the nation’s universities at the global level were being overshadowed by disrepute caused by the sexual misconducts.

The president, who stressed his administration’s aversion to indiscipline, disclosed that he had directed appropriate government agencies to decisively punish any lecturer or other staffer found guilty of sexual harassment.

He stated: “Let me once again condemn the unwelcome attention being attracted to our universities by the trending stories of sex-for-grades. Definitely, our universities can do without the scandalous attention being paid to them and our dear nation in the wake of trending stories of sex-for-marks and sexual harassment, which have assumed a global dimension.

“It is most reprehensible that while some of our more illustrious university staff are making concerted effort to improve the continental and global ranking of Nigerian universities, such efforts are being overshadowed by the negative reputation of immorality and shame brought upon our citadels of higher learning by the irresponsibility of a few misguided academics.

“For the avoidance of doubt, my administration abhors any form of indiscipline and misdemeanour. Accordingly, I have directed appropriate government agencies to take decisive action against any lecturer or other staffer found culpable in any act of sexual harassment in our educational and other institutions.”

According to the president, who wormed himself into the hearts of Nigerians in 2015 with his promise to fight corruption, it is most disheartening that people who are expected to guide and groom students in loco parentis turn round to breach the trust reposed in them by exploiting the students in their care.

“Henceforth, all culprits shall face the full wrath of the law, as they will be prosecuted,” he stressed.


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