In Yola: Rights activist condemns minor’s rape
From Joseph Asegba, Yola
An Adamawa-based child rights advocate, Charity Anaja, has condemned the brutal rape of a five-year-old minor in Yola, the capital of the state, calling on the authorities to mete out adequate punishment to the culprit to serve as deterrent to others.
In a statement made available to journalists, the activist said: “I would like to add my voice to the voices that have condemned the brutal rape and forceful genital mutilation of the 5-year-old girl, Fatima Ayuba in Adamawa State.
“This is one among so many ones that have been happening but not reported. I see this as a crime against womanhood and humanity. Our children are vulnerable and easy targets for abuse and as such should be protected and not neglected.
“This accident is a clear case of poor parenting, lack of family affiliation and the perpetrator is also alleged to be a close relation.
“Abuse, molestation and harmful practices rob children of the joy of childhood and consequently, truncate the development of our nation.
“I wish to call on government to domesticate, strengthen and enforce legislations that would protect and promote the rights of children and also parents, teachers and communities to emulate the good citizens who responded early to the menace by rushing the girl to the hospital.
“We wish that the perpetrator of this heinous crime be brought to book in order to serve as a deterrent to other lawless persons engaged in similar or related acts.
“Let us continually imbibe the African culture of being our brother’s keeper.
“We can end child abuse by enforcing laws, by protecting our children and by creating awareness in order to break the culture of silence and impunity.
“If you see something, say something,” he concluded.