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Aisha Buhari Condemns Sexual Harassment Against Students

Jayfred Ugo

The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has spoken out concerning the cases of sexual harassment against female students in universities across the nation.

She called for urgent action to be taken by security operatives to address sexual harassment against students.

The recent BBC Africa Eye 'Sex for Grades' documentary revealed lecturers from higher institutions sexually harassing students, and many students have openly narrated their plights.

A University of Lagos lecturer, who also claims to be a pastor of Foursquare Gospel Church, was one of the lecturers in the video. He has been using his role as a lecturer of the institution to sexually harass students seeking admission.

After further investigation on Monday, the Presidency announced the authenticity of the documentary, which prompted the First Lady to speak on the matter.

The First Lady, patron of women's rights and lives in the country, lamented that the issue of sexual harassment against women was not limited to universities, but has become rampant in the society, including religious settings and other walks of life.

Buhari, who was represented by Aisha Rimi, a lawyer and spokesperson to the First Lady, condemned sexual harassment against students, adding that it was an unacceptable crisis. The nation's educational system, she insisted, is currently suffering many setbacks that hinder its development and yield of good students.

"This simply has to change. It is no longer enough to sweep allegations under the carpet or force victims to withdraw their allegations, victimise or stigmatise them," Aisha Rimi said.