By Felix Khanoba
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Wanda Adu Foundation, has appealed to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to put in place measures in churches to fight child sexual assault and rape.
President and Founder of the Foundation, Wanda Ebe, who made the call during acourtesy visit to CAN in Abuja, expressed deep concern over the involvement of some religious leaders in the act.
She said laws on preventing and punishing sexual abuse need to be strengthened and called on the clergy to preach more on the evil of sexual assault and rape to their congregations.
“Religious leaders need to encourage members to speak up and seek justice rather than cover the sin irrespective of the offender,” Wanda said, even as she expressed hope on the capacity of CAN to rein in individuals with such tendencies.
She cited a recent incident in Abuja where a 57years old pastor in one of the major Pentecostal churches in the country raped a three-year old girl and instead of the Church to ensure the Pastor was punished, was busy begging the Foundation to let go the case.
Receiving the Foundation on behalf of the CAN’s President, Secretary General of the Association, Barr. Daramola Bade, described sexual assault in the country as pathetic situation, saying CAN is always ready to give support in fighting the menace.
“It is sad to see how children are being uselessly and recklessly violated. What is in a six year-old-girl that you will sleep with her? What do you call affection? What do you call love and emotion towards opposite sex or same sex?
“One should be very supporting towards the course you are championing. Whether it is a pastor, policeman, or whoever (that is involved in sexual abuse), it is bad enough,” he said.