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ar­range­ment.

“Some girls end up pack­ing into the boys’ rooms and be­com­ing room­mates. I know of a girl who lived in the same room with her boyfriend from her first year un­til she grad­u­ated. Only God knows how many abor­tions she must have had,” he said.

Mrs. Ezeug­wuh Gift said she was shocked the first time she vis­ited her daugh­ter in school and saw where she was re­sid­ing and had to quickly with­draw her from the hos­tel.

“Why would they al­low boys and girls to live to­gether in the same hos­tel? Thank God I vis­ited her the time I did. Who knows what could have hap­pened if I had gone only in her fi­nal year,” she said.

A civil rights ac­tivist, David Omame, how­ever, jus­ti­fied the male-fe­male co­hab­i­ta­tion. He ar­gued that some­one who has at­tained a cer­tain age could be as­sumed to be ma­ture and as such would be able to demon­strate some level of self con­trol.

He said al­low­ing boys to stay to­gether with their fe­male coun­ter­parts was one sure way of build­ing morals, adding that it helped both the boys and girls to be con­scious of the op­po­site sex.

Ac­cord­ing to him, it be­came par­tic­u­larly nec­es­sary these days of gay marriage and ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity which many stu­dents were fall­ing vic­tims to.

“I will rather al­low my male child to co­habit with his fe­male friend than to al­low him live with his fel­low male and risk hav­ing a ho­mo­sex­ual as a child in the long run,” he added.

In her re­ac­tion, the Anam­bra State Com­mis­sioner for So­cial Wel­fare, Chil­dren’s and Women’s Af­fairs, Dr. Mrs Vic­to­ria Chik­welu, de­scribed such co­hab­i­ta­tion as false marriage, which she said, is now trending in in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing.

Speak­ing dur­ing the Au­gust meet­ing of the Catholic Women’s Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CWO), Saint Paul’s Parish, Abba, Anam­bra State, Chik­welu, ex­pressed worry over the trend, in­sist­ing that such co­hab­i­ta­tion is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

Chik­welu, whose mes­sage was de­liv­ered by the chair­per­son, Abba Town Union, Women’s Wing, Mrs Louisa Obio­rah, alerted par­ents on the danger of the un­healthy ar­range­ment, link­ing the many cases of bro­ken mar­riages to it.

“A young girl who jumped early into pre-mar­i­tal ac­tiv­i­ties with its at­ten­dant so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal chal­lenges, can­not with­stand true marriage,” she stated.

She asked moth­ers to get closer to their chil­dren, es­pe­cially the girls, so as to know when they de­railed, even as she called for a bet­ter groom­ing of the girls to turn out good wives and moth­ers.

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