Rape: Nigerian women remain treasure to this nation – Buhari

By Oluwaseun Sonde

President Muhammed Buhari has said that Nigerian women remain a particular treasure to this nation and for this reason his Administration has continued to give them a place of pride in the affairs of the country as he is upset at recent incidents of rape especially of very young girls.

He made this known at his broadcast to the nation on Friday, he said Police are pursuing these cases with a view to bringing perpetrators of these heinous crimes to swift justice, assuring all women of his administration’s determination to fight Gender Based Violence through the instrumentality of the law and awareness creation.

He saluted women courage, enterprise and resilience as well as their contributions to national development. “This administration is focused on ensuring that Nigeria would always be governed by the Rule of Law and he would do his utmost to uphold the constitution and protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.

He added that the reforms of the broadcast and advertising industries including digital switch over and continuous engagement through town hall meetings remain central to accurate and credible information dissemination. “Government continues to recognize and harness the power of the media for positive development.

“Our culture provides the basis for our existence as a people and a nation. In preserving iconic aspects of our national culture, this government has been pursuing the recovery of artefacts removed from Nigeria, promoting heritage sites and festivals and working towards designating some of our heritage sites as UNESCO World Heritage Centres”.

“Government has initiated a number of policies and programmes designed to promote the legal rights of Nigerians, facilitate the institutionalization of a responsive legal system, provide support to all constituted bodies in implementing their mandates and improve our custodial system of justice”. He greatly thanked the leadership and members of the Senate and the House of Representatives for their invaluable support at all times. “The National Assembly has been an important partner in our quest to sustain our democracy and achieve our development objectives.

“I will also like to convey our deep appreciation to members of the Press for your doggedness in the struggle for attainment of democracy since the beginning of our nationhood. I must admit that the relationship between the media and successive governments has not always been perfect. But there is no denying the fact that you have been an effective watchdog for the society especially in holding public officers to account.

“It is sad that in the course of securing our democracy, some of your colleagues have had to pay a heavy price. We will continue to guarantee freedom of the Press as we place high premium on responsible journalism that is devoid of hate speech, fake news and other unethical professional conduct”, he said.

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