Sex for grade: Aisha Buhari says harassment not common to universities alone

Sex for grade: Aisha Buhari says harassment not common to universities alone

- Aisha Buhari, Nigeria's first lady, says sexual harassment is everywhere in Nigeria including religious places

- Aisha declares that allegations like sexual harassment should no longer be swept under the carpet

- The first lady wants more women who are harassed to speak out so that the law can be visited on perpetrators

Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has lamented the rate of sexual harassment in Nigeria adding, however, that the situation is not only common in universities.

The first lady also called for an urgent action to tackle sexual harassment against students.

Speaking during the screening of the BBC Africa Eye's ‘sex for grades’ documentary in the night of Monday, October 7, in Lagos, the first lady, who was represented by Aisha Rimi, a lawyer, lamented that harassment against women has become prevalent in the society, including religious settings.

She condemned sexual harassment against students, adding that it is unacceptable as the nation’s educational system has suffered many setbacks against its development.

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“This simply has to change. It is no longer enough to sweep allegations under the carpet or force victims to withdraw their allegations, victimise or stigmatise them,” she said.

The first lady noted that there are laws to protect victims of sexual harassment and abuse, but that such laws cannot operate except victims speak out to get justice.

While advising women to keep their dignity and self-respect, which, she said, outweigh whatever challenge they face, Hajia Aisha promised to support women to end the challenge.

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The first lady commended the BBC team for their hard work, bravery and tenacity in exposing the ills facing students in the country’s tertiary institutions. earlier reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, described how disheartening the revelations in the BBC Africa’s 'sex for grades' documentary was.

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Gbajabiamila, who described the practice in tertiary institutions as despicable, also noted how it has victimised and psychologically wounded many young people. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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