Women and Children on Saturday took to the streets of Abuja from Millennium Park to Barnex Plaza to express their dissatisfaction over the increasing rate of child molestation in Nigeria.
President of Abuja Moms, Happiness Ani who led the WalkAgainstChildMolestation said it was part of the activities to mark this year’s United Nations Women’s International Day.
Reacting to recent child abuse reports in the media, she said: “They have not stopped. Children are being molested in churches, mosques, sometimes by teachers and school owners.
“This cry is to say that we are tired, we want our children to be safe and we want Abuja to hear us. We want mothers to know that it is okay to fight for their children; it is okay to cry out.
“Time has passed when people say to the mothers that it is a shame to make the public know because their children will be stigmatized when they know they were molested.
Mrs Ani also decried the high level of negligence on the part of law enforcement agencies, especially in a case of child molestation to facilitate the punishment of offenders.
She therefore called on the Federal Government to ensure that relevant laws were amended to provide stiffer penalties for perpetrators of the child molestation to serve as a deterrent to others.
A member of the Foundation, Mrs Evangeline Iwenjiora urged the government at all levels to support the fight against child molestation.
Another member of the Foundation, Mrs Peace Nwaorga advised parents to be close to their kids, saying that parents should be sensitive enough to identify behavioral changes in their children.