Nigeria and other world leaders have been urged to take serious action against sexual violence.
The call was made by British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Simon Shercliff, in an event to support international campaign to end sexual violence in conflict. He said countries and governments must act fast in ending sexual violence as a weapon of war.
A member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Betty Apiafi, said the House would work to come up with the necessary legislation to tackle the problem in Nigeria.
Sexual violence against women in Nigeria’s north-east have been rampant among members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram.
In Borno State, over 200 Chibok girls were abducted from their school dormitory by the group, a situation that triggered international campaign and protests, with a ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ demand.
The Nigerian government told the parents of the abducted girls few months ago that the location of the girls had been identified, promising that they would be rescued.