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Africa News of Friday, 12 June 2020

Source: punchng.com

I am upset with recent rape cases – Nigeria's president

President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari

The Nigerian president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says he is upset with the recent cases of rape in the country.

He stated this during his 2020 Democracy Day Speech on Friday while assuring of his regime’s determination to fight gender-based violence through available resources.

He said, “Nigerian women remain a particular treasure to this nation and for this reason, this administration has continued to give them a place of pride in the affairs of our country.

I salute your courage, enterprise and resilience as well as your contributions to national development. I wish to assure all our women of this administration’s determination to fight gender-based violence through the instrumentality of the law and awareness creation.

I am particularly upset at recent incidents of rape, especially of very young girls. The Police are pursuing these cases with a view to bringing perpetrators of these heinous crimes to swift justice.”

Protests have been holding across the country following recent cases of rape.

Vera Omozuwa, a 22-year-old student, was reported to have been raped and killed in an empty church in Benin City recently.

18-year-old Barakat Bello was also raped and macheted to death in Ibadan, Oyo State recently.

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