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Aisha Buhari, Mrs Akeredolu and other stakeholders seek proactive measures to ameliorate abuse in Nigeria

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By Onyeukwu-Rowland Iheloghara

Wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu was among the numerous relevant stakeholders in Nigeria that gathered to brain storm on how to proffer proactive measures to ameliorate the menace of abuse in Nigeria in a one day National Workshop held at the State House Conference Center, Aso Villa Abuja.

The workshop tagged “War Against Abuse in Nigeria organized by Aisha Buhari’s Future Assured Organization in collaboration with the United Nations Fund UNFPA was attended by the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, Nigerians First Lady, Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Buhari, Wife of the President of the Republic of Niger, Dr. Lalla Malika Issoufou  and wife of the Vice president of Nigeria, Dolapo Osibanjo. Others were the Chief Justice of the federation and Attorney – General, Alhaji Abubakar Malami SAN, Secretary to the Federal Government, Ministers, wives of State Governors,  other top Government officials,  Lawmakers, law enforcement agencies.

Also in attendance were Civil Society groups, international development partners, women organizations, Students and many others.

The Convener of the Workshop and the wife of the president of the federal Republic of Nigeria, MRS Aisha Buhari in her opening remarks said the workshop which seeks to deliberate on adverse abuses meted on women and children living in the Society was born as a result of the increasing rate of reported cases of abuse on Nigerians, particularly the most vulnerable (women and girls) and was intended to raise awareness, sensitize the general public on abuse related issues and proffer workable solutions to addressing the social problem.

Mrs Buhari described abuse as violent treatment which can be physically, Sexually, Emotionally and Verbal adding that it ranges from intimidations, humiliations , manipulations and so on.

In a paper made available to journalists at the event, Wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu observed that abuse against women has been part of the fabric of many societies and cultures worldwide for many years, which she said is prevalent in Sub – Saharan Africa and particularly in Nigeria.

She further observed that child abuse is also deeply entrenched in our cultures and most of it being perpetrated without the full understanding or acceptance of either the victim or the offender.
Mrs Akeredolu however advised on the need to educate and sensitize the public and called on government institutions established for the betterment of the citizens to band together as a matter of urgency and importance to ensure that domestic violence is effectively eradicated.

In a Communique issued at the end of the exercise, the workshop recognized that there were a lot of abuses and violence against women and Children and other vulnerable members of the society. These abuses the workshop noted are perpetrated in most cases by the people that are closer and trusted by the abused persons. The workshop also unveiled that the blame time is over and is time for action to be taken.

Leaving members of the society uneducated was identified as the greatest form of abuse that can be perpetrated against a human being.

The workshop proposed that all hands must be on deck to change the tide of event as far as this burning issue is concerned in order to stop the menace in our societies or reduce it to the barest minimum.

Victims of abuse, the workshop recommended, should have the courage of speaking up and should not succumb to intimidation.

Whilst blowing policy should not be limited to financial crimes but should be extended to domestic violence the workshop suggested.

Law enforcement agencies on their part should not leave any stone unturned by going after the abusers no matter how highly placed.

The workshop further recommended that national assembly should work assiduously to strengthen and fine tune our laws to Carter for contemporary abuse that might not have been captured in the existing laws which will provide stiffer penalties for offenders.
Finally the workshop recommended that War Against Abuse should be taken to the grassroot from the Six geo political zones to the States and local governments areas in Nigeria.

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