as Foundation battles 30 cases of child sexual abuse
By Bose Adelaja
The Chief Imam of Ajegunle Central Mosque, Boundary in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State, Ismail Owolabi Bako has called for proper upbringing and monitoring of the girl-child especially from age 10 and above saying this would minimize child sexual abuse across the country.
Also, he advised parents and guardians to disallow unhealthy interaction of such children with the opposite sex.
He was speaking with Vanguard shortly after a seminar titled: Community Pledge Against Child Sexual Abuse, organised by Cece Yara Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and the Domestic Violence Response Team with the support of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, held at Ajegunle Central Mosque, Lagos recently.
The Chief Imam said children under age 10, should be well monitored and guided to minimise incessant social ills in the society. He said: “We should monitor and train female children till age 40 to guard against social ills in the society. Moreso, if we can train them to retain their virginity, this is a plus to us as it is like guiding the entire nation against rape and molestation.”
The Executive Director of the Foundation, Grace Ketefe said Ajegunle being a densely populated community is one of the mostly affected areas in terms of child sexual abuse.
While enumerating the consequences of child sexual abuse, she urged the worshippers to guard against Sexually Transmitted Infections, STIs, and unwanted pregnancies among female children.