Cleric Raises Alarm On Prevalence Of Rape, Violence In Africa

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Yakubu Wuyep

The State chapter Chairman of Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), MULAN, Barr. Sani Abdulaziz has decried the high level of violence in various homes, violence in the society and Child abuse such as rape, incest, beating, and Almajiri syndrome.

He called on members of the public to always be courageous in fighting against these menaces.

The one day programme also featured series of presentations from academicians and was well attended by judges and other individuals in the societies.

A University lecturer, Dr. Ahmed Garba, reiterated commitment for government to prevent the scourge of violence, rape and other sources of inhuman treatment melted against fellow human in African.

He called on Nigeria to regard and use human rights norms as tools for negotiation rather than superior norms on religion and culture.

Dr. Garba of the Faculty of Law, Bauchi State University, stated this in his paper, “Legal Discourse on Human Rights as they relate to violence against women and children: Islamic and liberal Perspectives,” at the maiden annual lecture organized by Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Plateau State Chapter.

He said universalization drive of human rights norms, religion-state relationship, culture and balancing mechanism are some of the challenges militating against the success of human rights in different countries, including Nigeria.

“In view of these challenges, Nigeria should regard and use human rights norms as tools for negotiation rather than superior norms on the religious and cultural norms of their people otherwise; people will continue to resist the application of these liberal norms in the society,” he stated.

Dr. Garba further said, non-observance of human rights in accordance with the acceptable religion and culture of people will encourage more violence against women and children and, “As Muslims, we cannot afford to allow this in our societies.”

Chief Judge of the State, Justice David Mann, represented by High court Justice, Nafisa Lawal, said MULAN, should continue to organize the programme, “so as to stem the tide of violence.”

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