Atiku ABubakar and Bukola Saraki have joined Nigerians in condemning the actions of Dr. Igbeneghu, a UNILAG lecturer caught sexually harassing a lady on tape.
Igbeneghu was filmed with secret cameras by a BBC reporter who posed as a 17-year old female student seeking admission.
Reacting to the viral video, Saraki wrote:
”As a father, I’m appalled by the actions of lecturers captured in the #SexForGrades exposé. We cannot allow this sort of deplorable behaviour to fester.
In 2016, my colleagues and I in the 8th Senate passed the “Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Prohibition Bill” to prescribe a 5 year jail term for any lecturer, educationist or person in a position of authority in any tertiary institution in Nigeria found…
… guilty of such conduct.
I appeal to the 9th Senate & President @MBuhari to revisit this Bill so that we can implement the institutional reforms necessary to safeguard our children in educational institutions in the country.
I also urge the institutions to conduct robust investigations, not only on the accused but also for all other reports and complaints that come in. We need to believe victims and make institutions safer for our students”.
Atiku on his own part called for measures towards stopping such behavior on campus.
Atiku wrote on Twitter, ”I have just read the story on #SexForGrades across public tertiary institutions in many West African countries. This is unacceptable, and requires systemic strategies to put a deterrence to such behaviour.
”As a society, we cannot allow a trend that is psychologically abusive to young women to thrive. In fact, that’s a direct opposite of what a sound educational system represents.”