From :Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Rape has been said to be partial responsible for the security challenges bedeviling Nigeria, hence rapists should be treated as terrorists.
A Prominent Northern Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Kabir Gombe
and Kaduna State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. John Joseph
Made the Assertion during two-day conference on Emergency Call To Action against rape, organised by wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajiya Aisha Ummi Garba El-rufa’i
Sheikh Gombe said, rapists are terrorists and should be given the most stringent of punishment, Rev. Hayab said, most of the criminals terrorizing Nigeria today are bastards and products of rape.
According to the Sheikh Gombe, “there is no country in the world that treats rapists with levity because they are terrorists. Therefore, they should be treated as terrorists.”
While he identified drug abuse, human trafficking, uncontrolled sexual urge and lack of stringent punishment as some of the causes of rape, the Islamic scholar urged the government to copy from countries like India, China, Egypt and Iran who give capital punishment to rapist.
In his own submission, Reverend Hayab condemned the practice of rape at community levels, saying that, if such does not stop, it will destroy Nigeria.
“Anyone caught with the offence of rape should be punished according to the law.”
“Rape has contributed significantly to the security challenges we are facing today because many have given birth to bastards as a result of rape. Those children because they lack parental care have now grown to become criminals disturbing the peace of our society.
“We therefore have to stand up against rape so that, we don’t have many bastards in our society. God forbid a future where bastards would take positions of authority and direct affairs of our country,” he prayed.
The Convener of the all stakeholders conference, Hajia Ummi El-Rufai in her own presentation however called for inclusion of Local Government Chairmen and their spouses, Traditional Leaders, Religious Leaders, Influential Women Leaders, Influential Youth Leaders, Heads of Civil Defence, Heads of Vigilante Services (KADVS) and Community Volunteers in the fight against rape.
She said the conference was aimed at strategically strengthening structures at the grassroots/communities which will help in the required holistic approach to tackle the upsurge of rape and gender based violence in Kaduna State.
While soliciting responsive support, collaboration and action of the stakeholders, Mrs. El-Rufai further urged parents to be more vigilant in watching the whereabouts, behavior and those in the companies of their children.
She pleaded with them to be strategic, deliberate and steadfast in their parenting; watch their own actions and behavior around their children, bring them closer and teach them to speak up against any abuse or violence.
She cautioned parents on the consequences of trying to suppress their children when raped; urging parents to break the conspiracy of silence so that, there will be no form of stigmatization on their children when they speak out or report.