* …As She commemorates One Year Of Advocacy
By OJOMA YUSUF
August 26th 2019 during a heavy downpour, one Abatti Abdullahi took advantage of a 4 years old girl, raped her and left her unconsciously under the rain. The little girl survived after undergoing 4 major surgeries at Federal Medical Center Yola, Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria.
To ensure that no rapist go unpunished, more than 30 civil society organisations championed by the Media, initiated a coalition to wage war against rape in Adamawa State under the aegis of Adamawa Coalition Against Rape (ACAR)
Hajiya Asmau Joda the chairperson of the coalition stated that the government should listen to the voice of the people.
Joda has called on the government to emulate other states that have successfully passed the bill and signed into law, stiffer penalties against rapists; such as castration and death sentences.
The pandemic of rape has become alarming it recorded by Hope Centre Adamawa state that
339 cases of rape have been reported during this lockdown.
Dr Adamu Dodo Muhammad an executive member of the collation, representing the media, stated that the coalition is already a year today, the government was yet to actualise her promise against rape cases in the state even though coalition was aware that process was ongoing, he emphasised the need to intensify political will.
Dodo advocated that rapists like cultists, should be dealt with accordingly.
Mrs Hilda Makanto another member of the coalition representing the widows had called on the traditional and religious leaders to key in to the crusade against rapists using their traditional institutions, pulpits and mimbars.
Mis Farah James another ACAR member advocated that Rapists must be named and shamed rather than being shielded. Rape case should also not be frustrated by threatening or luring the survivor and/or the family to either conceal or withdraw their case in the course of investigation before forwarding for litigation and/or before the law.
Farah said that rape victims (survivors) should be shown much love and care with a view to reinvigorating their self-images.
Al-Amin Bobbi, ACAR member representing the youth advocated that all those who are vulnerable to rape should be encouraged to use their physical might for self-defence. They should use anything they could lay hand on and that anything they could do to overpower a rapist should not be used against them, when the case is presented before the law, it should be treated as a self-defence.
Bobbi said that More Civil Societies and NGOs should be formed to wage war against this notorious evil in Adamawa in particular and Nigeria as a whole.