- Ibim Semenitari, a former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has given an account of her experience while at the University of Benin
- Semenitari said she was sexually harassed by a male lecturer in her school
- According to the former minister of information, she lost two years of her academic life to the incident
A former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ibim Semenitari, has joined many Nigerian females to recount her ordeal in the hands of a male lecturer as a university student.
Ibim, who made the revelation on her Facebook page on Tuesday, October 8, said she was only 15-years-old, and a fresher at the University of Benin when she was sexually harassed by a male lecturer.
The former NDDC boss studied English Language and Literature and the University of Benin from 1982 to 1989, she LinkedIn profile states.
Stating that she was a devoted Christian who did her best to study hard during her school years, Ibim said, the harassment from the lecturer caused her two-years of her education and a change of degree and faculty.
Highlighting why the world should desist for making cases against the victim of sexual harassments rather than the perpetrators, Ibim who was a former commissioner of information in Rivers state said children are regularly abused by trusted individuals.
Ibim said on her post: “The matter of sexual harassment in Nigeria is worsened by the fact that society doesn’t understand the matter of power relations and always manages to find an excuse always for the violators."
Condemning comments emanating from the BBC Africa's #SexForGrades report that those who fail in examinations are weak, Ibim said such remarks are heartbreaking.
She said: "Why must we always find a reason to blame the victim as if the pain and humiliation are not enough?”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the wife to the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has also given an account of how she was molested while studying at the university.
Bisi Fayemi said some lecturers have developed a culture of entitlement on the bodies of their female students, Bisi said, she shed a tear over the experience the young students get to face.
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