Fika Emirate partners NAWOJ to end rape
From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Yobe State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), has paid an advocacy visit against rape on Fika Emirate Council in Potiskum, Yobe State.
In her opening remarks at the Emir’s palace, the Chairperson, Fatima Mohammed Ahmad told the emir that rape cases have become a serious challenge all over the country, as “the number of rape cases on minors- both male, female and adults as well as other forms of gender-based violence have continued to rise despite stiffer penalties imposed on perpetrators of such evil acts.”
She said cases of rape are being reported with increasing frequency across the state which are known to be rampant in Potiskum Local Government Area and calls for concern from the stakeholders to put hands on deck in order to address this ugly trend manifesting in the society.
“It is against this background that NAWOJ, which mandate includes championing the course of women, children and the vulnerable in the society, with a view to protecting their interests as well as fight for their rights declared a nationwide campaign against rape,” she said.
She explained that NAWOJ, decided to start this campaign by bringing to the doorstep of the Chairman Yobe State Council of Chiefs and Emir of Fika, Dr. Muhammad Ibn Abali Muhammadu Idrissa, who is so much worried on this menace.
The NAWOJ Chairperson however stressed that no single government agency can address sexual assault alone as all stakeholders have a role to play in breaking the culture of silence, to address the cultural values and norms that support and tolerate sexual assault.
Responding, Emir Idrissa commended the NAWOJ for queuing into the fight against rape “what is happening now calls for the concern of all, the wave of rape cases is on increase all over Africa among youths and elders, we don’t know why this is happening, the government has been working tirelessly in this respect to stop it.”
He assured to partner with NAWOJ and other stakeholders to overcome this menace in the society. “I appeal to parents and Community leaders to closely monitor the movement of their children.”