THISDAY - - EDITORIAL - Ene Ejembi Agnes, Asokoro, Abuja

The care­free at­ti­tude to is­sues con­cern­ing women in Nige­ria is wor­ry­ing. A so­ci­ety that gives less at­ten­tion to is­sues con­cern­ing women is rather dig­ging its grave and call­ing for its end. The ram­pant rap­ing of un­der­age girls and women, the in­ces­sant as­sault on them by their men, the sex­ual ha­rass­ment of women in schools, of­fices and even in places of wor­ship, cou­pled with the ter­ror­ists’ at­tacks that paved way for the ab­duc­tion of many school girls/women could end the Nige­rian so­ci­ety if some­thing ur­gent is not done to­wards pro­vid­ing a last­ing so­lu­tion.

The vi­o­lence against women in Nige­ria hap­pens on daily ba­sis but less at­ten­tion is al­ways given by the au­thor­i­ties and very lit­tle ef­forts are made by the same in ad­dress­ing these hos­til­i­ties against women.

Long be­fore now, the case of Ochanya, who was raped to death by her aunt’s hus­band and son, got the at­ten­tion of the en­tire na­tion but as I write the is­sue is dy­ing grad­u­ally and the per­pe­tra­tors of the crime may be set free if the au­thor­i­ties fail to do the need­ful.

Be­fore the Ochanya’s case, Daily Sun news­pa­per of Jan­uary 7, 2018, re­ported an in­ci­dent where one Mr. Iorem­ber Ade as­saulted his wife Ade Queen. The woman later died. The is­sue has since been re­ported to the Na­tional Hu­man Rights’ Of­fice and the Po­lice IG but noth­ing rea­son­able has been done.

Some ab­ducted Chi­bok school­girls are still un­der the cus­tody of Boko Haram ter­ror­ists. Leah Sharibu was ab­ducted to­gether with other school girls from Dapchi; all have been re­leased ex­cept her. Note that her con­tin­ued stay with the Boko Haram is due to her re­fusal to de­nounce her faith.

Why must it al­ways be women? What is the gov­ern­ment do­ing to en­sure the re­lease of Leah Sharibu and the re­main­ing Chi­bok girls in the cus­tody of Boko Haram? What is the gov­ern­ment do­ing to­wards ad­dress­ing the in­ces­sant bru­tal­ity of women by men in the coun­try?

As a woman, I am wor­ried be­cause to­mor­row, it may be me or any other per­son re­lated to me. De­spite that, any right think­ing woman within and out­side Nige­ria will be wor­ried about the con­stant tor­ture of women in our coun­try. In ev­ery given so­ci­ety, women take care of the pro­duc­tion to en­sure the avail­abil­ity of peo­ple and the con­tin­ued ex­is­tence of the so­ci­ety.

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