Following the recent documentary released by the BBC Africa Eye, titled ‘Sex for Grades’, the First Lady, Aisha Buhari has placed an emergent call to look into sexual harassment against students.
During the exclusive screening of the documentary yesterday (October 7), the the First Lady said that sexual harassment against women was not peculiar with the universities alone but has remained prevalent in every social unit including religious settings.
Buhari who was represented at the gathering by Mrs. Aisha Rimi, a lawyer, criticized sexual harassment against students, saying it will not be condoned in any measure as the nation’s educational system had suffered many setbacks that had hindered its development.
“This simply has to change. It is no longer enough to sweep allegations under the carpet or force victims to withdraw their allegations, victimize or stigmatize them,” she said.
According to her, there are stipulated laws to protect victims of sexual harassment and abuse, but such laws will remain ineffective except the victims opened up.
Having sworn to uphold a sexual abuse-free society for women, Buhari advised women that their dignity and self-respect should supersede whatever challenge they face.
Further, the First Lady applauded the staff of the BBC for their hard work, bravery and tenacity to expose factors making learning uncomfortable for students in Nigerian tertiary institutions.
“Sex for Grades” is a 53 minutes documentary that uncovers alleged sexual harassment faced by female students in the hands of the lecturers in the University of Lagos (UNILAG), and the University of Ghana, Legon.
The documentary entails the true-life story of Kiki Mordi, an investigative journalist with WFM Radio, who partnered with the BBC Africa Eye team to expose the ills in the Universities.