The Nigeria alumni chapter of Young African Leadership Initiative, Regional Leadership Center has flagged off a 30-day campaign against rape.
The chapter commenced this campaign on 15th June 2020 to condemn the Rape cases in Nigeria which has become an everyday occurrence recently. The campaign is only on the RLC social media platforms with 30 selected fellows, pictures and quotes been displaced on each day for 30days.
According to the Speaker Bureau Chair of YALI RLC Nigeria Alumni, Temitayo Olatunde, rape has become an international tragedy that needs to be stopped.
“Rape case in Nigeria is increasing. It is an international tragedy. Our girls and women are no longer safe following the recent rape and killings of the victims such as Uwa an undergraduate in Benin who went to read in her local church Assembly and was later found almost dead in her pool of blood with physical evidence of rape and was later rushed to the hospital where she gave up her ghost.
Another victim named Barakat was raped and killed at their home where she lived with her younger brother and parents but on the said day, her younger brother had gone out leaving her alone at home when the tragedy struck. The same week another student at the University of Ibadan was brutally raped and killed at her apartment where she was found dead by neighbors. Just recently, a 12-year-old girl was gang-raped in the southwest. This is very tragic” – Temitayo said.
An old woman was also raped and almost killed by a 25 years old man. Four different men raped their biological daughters that were between ages 1-6. Another man was also caught in the act with two minors of the same parent’s age 5&6.
He said looking at all of these atrocities committed to our girl child and women generally you can’t but speak and fight for a safer environment for them which is why we all are speaking up.
He added, “The need to address the issue of rape in the country brought up our National campaign against this vice. Which they have deployed social media tools to condemn rape. Each day in 30 days, we will be releasing statements and fliers on our social media to condemn rape.
He concluded by saying that Rape is a fast-rising evil in our community at large that needs to be stopped but with the collective efforts of everyone and a responsible /responsive Government.
This campaign will come to an end on the 14th of July, 2020.
By Jessica Blessings
Correspondent, YALI TV Nigeria