Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency 02 in the Lagos State Assembly has condemned outright, the continuous sexual harassment of children in Nigeria, and called for their protection.
It is recalled that on 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the United Nations General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.
The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children. Its work is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.
Reacting to the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression through its information office, Yishawu expressed worry over these dastardly acts, calling for stiffer penalties against those found guilty.
“It’s a painful reality that we still live in times when our children are not fully protected from aggression of any and all kinds. This must be of topmost priority for every forward looking society. Our children need to feel safe”, he said.
In a related development, the lawmaker also commiserated with the family of Uwa Omozuwa, a first-year student of the Microbiology Department, who was raped at Redeemed Christian Church of God Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin, on May 27, 2020.
Yishawu joined other well meaning Nigerians to call for justice for Uwa and others who have been raped innocently.
He therefore called on NGOs to join government in continuous campaign against rape and other related vices.