- Buhari lauds the BBC team for good work.
- Urges assaulted students to speak out.
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has reacted to the sex for grades video that was recently released by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The documentary displayed where some Nigerian and Ghanian lecturers were caught on tape assaulting female students who either need a favour from them or the other.
The visuals have elicited a lot of reactions from notable personalities in the society.
In her reaction, Mrs. Buhari called for urgent action to address sexual harassment against students. Speaking during the exclusive screening of the BBC Africa Eye ‘Sex for Grades’ documentary on Monday night in Lagos, the wife of the president lamented that the issue of sexual harassment against women was not unique to universities, but has become prevalent in society, including religious settings.
Buhari, who was represented by Mrs. Aisha Rimi, a lawyer, condemned the act, saying it was unacceptable as the nation’s educational system had suffered many setbacks that had hindered its development.
Mrs. Buahri, who recently urged the military to end gender stereotypes against female personnel, said that times, when allegations were swept under the carpet, are long gone.
“This 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.”
While noting that there are laws to protect victims of sexual harassment and abuse, she said such laws cannot operate except victims speak out to get justice.
She, therefore, advised women that their dignity and self-respect should outweigh whatever challenge they face, adding that she will keep ensuring a sexual abuse-free society for women.
Mrs. Buhari also gave kudos to the BBC team for their hard work, bravery, and tenacity to expose the ills facing students in the country’s tertiary institutions.