Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, yesterday, said stiff punishment against perpetrators of abuse would serve as deterrent.
She spoke just as the Director General of the National Centre for Women Development, Mrs Mary Ekpere Eta, said the Federal Government, through the centre, had established One Stop Centre for the rehabilitation of abused persons with psychologists hired to counsel them and reintegrate them to the society.
Speaking at a workshop on “War Against Abuse in Nigeria”, organised by the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari through her pet project ‘Future Assured’ in conjunction with UNFPA, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the First Lady said a slap on the wrist judgment against perpetrators of any form of violence, particularly against women and children, will only embolden them.
She blamed most cases of abuse on lack of information and urged victims as well as guardians of victims to speak up and report perpetrators to law enforcement agencies as this will help other victims.
In his address,Vice President Yemi Osinbajo described as disturbing various forms of abuses in the country, that it was time to ensure that abusers were punished so as to stop further abuses.
Osinbajo said it was ironic that while girls were advised to prevent rape and other forms of abuses, boys were not educated on why they should not engage in any form of abuse.
The Vice President also spoke on efforts by the Buhari administration to tackle various forms of abuses in the country.
He said, “We have a dedicated desk to supporting state on gender based violations and violence”.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who was the chairman of the occasion, said the workshop was timely at a time Buhari was tackling human trafficking and other forms of abuses in the country.
He described as huge shock the images from Libya of Africans including Nigerians in search of greener pastures, adding that over 3,000 Nigerians have voluntarily returned to the country following the prompt response of the President and stakeholders.