- The outrage over the recent cases of rape in the country is yet to die down
- A group, Say No Campaign, has added its voice against the barbaric act reported in Edo and Jigawa states recently
- The group called on the federal government to take responsibility and act fast on the issue of rape
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A group, Say No Campaign, has stated that the federal government must take responsibility for increasing cases of rape in Nigeria.
Say No Campaign was reacting to the rape of a 12-year-old girl by 11 men, one of whom was 57-year-old man, in Jigawa state and another rape of a 22-year-old female student, Vera Omozuwa, by four men who gruesomely murdered her, in a church at Benin Edo state.
Both cases have been a trending topic on social media in Nigeria in the past 24 hours.
Some Nigerian celebrities also joined the online protest against rape on Twitter.
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A statement signed by the co-convener of Say No Campaign, Ezenwa Nwagwu on Monday, June 1, lamented that the Nigerian society has become acutely unsafe for children and worse off for the female gender.
Part of the statement read: “There is no excuse for rape, more so, the rape of children, young adult or even the aged. An act so inhumane must not only be popularly condemned but seen to be severely punished and the victim served appropriate justice.
“In very recent times, the number of rape cases in Nigeria, especially against children and minor by strangers, fathers, neighbours, uncles and subsequent brutality or murder of their victims, have generated a wild uproar, and rightly so, on social media and in the civil society space.
“So much that the legislatures have been forced to consider the review of the sexual offences Act of 2015, in other to adequately define the offence and ascribe appropriate sanctions with deterrent effect.
“The bill merely went beyond first reading even as young children, especially girls, continued to face sexual molestation, violations, mutilation and death by strangers and family members.
“The society has become acutely unsafe for children and worse off for the female gender, who not only battle hardship, displacement or child marriage, but are forced to tolerate sexual cruelty and degradation.
“The Nigerian government must take responsibility for the upsurge of this crime for failing to provide the necessary security, enforcing the law and rightly punishing offenders.”
The group called on all the arms of the Nigerian government to declare a national emergency on rape and sexual violence and consider the ultimate or capital punishment for the crime.
“Rape is a crime against humanity which destroys the essence of its victim. It completely alters its victim’s life; impacting it negatively and traumatizing the victims for the rest of their lives. Our society should have no place for the perpetrators of this heinous act.
“Hence, the legislature must set the right pace by speedily and adequately reviewing the sexual offences Act, 2015 and passing the amendment, to provide the right legal framework for eradicating this menace,” the statement added.
Say No Campaign also commiserated with the family of Omozuwa and prayed that God grants her eternal rest.
Meanwhile, Nigerian musician and lawyer, Folarin Falana also known as Falz has joined several other Nigerians to condemn the violation and killing of Omozuwa.
“It’s so exhausting to see injustice continue to thrive time after time. Every time we say NOT AGAIN, and then there is a new story. Enough is enough. It’s too disheartening. Justice must be served for the innocent souls we keep on losing,” he wrote on Twitter.
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