By Jonathan Nda – Isaiah –
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the wife of the president, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has sought stiffer sanctions for perpetrators of abuse.
They made the remark at a national workshop on War Against Abuse in Nigeria organized by Aisha Buhari’s Future Assured Initiative.
Describing various forms of abuses in Nigeria as worrisome, Osinbajo said exiting laws should be judiciously implemented.
He lamented that while many Nigerians were killed seeking greener pastures abroad, others, especially children became domestic aides and beggars at home.
He said: “These abuses can be prevented. We don’t have to wait until it happens. We need to do all within our power to prevent abuse, victims should not be made to be on the defensive all the times.
“Women are always taught how to behave, but the men and boys that perpetuate this crimes are not even mentioned. Our ability to safeguard women and girls is the key to Nigeria moving forward.”
According to him,the present administration had dedicated a desk to support states on gender-based violations and violence.
He said“Law enforcement is needed for effective sanctions, the laws are there but we need implementation of laws judiciously, we seek the cooperation of law enforcement agencies,”
On her part, the wife of the president stressed the need for victims of abuse and their guardians to report incidences to law enforcement agencies.
She blamed most cases of abuse on lack of information and urged victims as well as guardians of victims to speak up and report perpetrators to law enforcement agencies.
She said the wave of abuses in the country necessitated the workshop.