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By the People's Bishop Kenneth Obi

The African division of the BBC has released its special report on lecturers who demand sex from their students in exchange for marks, causing an uproar on social media and the internet in general.

Although the report was supposed to be on universities in West Africa- it is not clear if there is more, even though it appears that there were more than two lecturers implicated in this report– only two universities featured in the investigation: the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the University of Ghana. 

Of course, some mischievous elements would soon rise up to say that the number is too small to establish the prevalence of this menace in tertiary institutions in these countries. Thankfully, we have the OAU, ABU Zaria and FUOYE cases to fling their lies back to their faces very quickly.

As reiterated over and over again, this is not the first time allegations of sexual abuse of students by lecturers would come up. It has been an issue for years, and after the OAU sex-scandal case, we have had more people speak up against this practice. 

So, it is interesting that we are still hearing of new cases. Even more interesting is the fact that to date, Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has not released any official statement about this crime, neither has it publicly announced guidelines to checking and punishing this menace.

The universities, and by extension, lecturers, are just as complicit as their overall governing body. With all the complaints made, no public Nigerian tertiary institution has made efforts to protect its female students by creating a special office for this purpose and campaigns to enlighten the vulnerable. 

Sexual harassment by lecturers is not discussed publicly, as though it were a taboo none of them had dared to break yet. Instead, we keep hearing about cultism as though it were the only crime on campuses.

The BBC report on this menace is laudable, and it is further proof that our schools need to take more proactive actions to end it. But sadly, it will not happen now or any time soon. 

Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor will definitely be slashed by the sword of Damocles that calmly rested above their heads in the offices they occupied and which they refused to see and acknowledge. But will there be any efforts to ensure that a Dr. Boniface or Dr. Paul does not rise up again in our tertiary institutions? It seems highly unlikely.

In the end, the real change will come from us- people on the outside who were victims once or knew others who were victims. People who had to deal with the helplessness of being powerless in the face of what seemed at the time as absolute authority. 

That is the only way we can get the change we want in our tertiary institutions because relying on our lecturers to effect these changes is like waiting for the emergence of the blue moon.

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_The People's Bishop Kenneth Obi, Edo COGIC Prelate and Chairman, Citizens for Righteousness and Social Justice (CRJ), Imo State._

By the People's Bishop Kenneth Obi

Because of the sexual harassment scandal that recently hit one of Nigeria’s older generation universities, the Senate has revisited the sexual harassment bill that was passed by the 8th Senate but failed to get presidential assent. 

If the 9th Senate passed the bill and succeeded in getting the president to assent it, it would mean that henceforth, any lecturer that is found guilty of harassing a female or male student sexually, would be sentenced to 5 years as well as pay a fine of ₦5 million.

I must commend the Senate for revisiting the bill. At least, it shows that it does condone the sexual harassment of students on campus. However, I am surprised with the way the Senate has quickly moved, in this matter, despite the many infirmities hanging around its own neck.

In other words, the Senate does not have the moral right to revisit the sexual harassment bill if it does do something similar to deal with the conspicuous corruption that has desecrated the hallowed chamber.

Is it not funny that the Upper Chamber –a safe haven for corrupt politicians, is trying to judge the sexual predators, sorry lecturers? Is there any difference between sexual immorality and looting? Are both not sins? So who are the lawbreakers to make law when they themselves don’t keep to law? If the Senate judges others comfortably, who will judge it?

And mind you, this is not to say that I am against the sexual harassment bill. No, I am not. Although I am against the light punishment that the bill is set to dish out if assented by the president. 

Considering the gravity of the crime, I thought the Senate would have at least proposed a life sentence for any lecturer found wanting of sexually harassing students even if it would not subscribe to the idea of a death sentence. Unfortunately, the Senate may stick with the bonanza prepared by the 8th Senate, which I think is not an adequate deterrence.

However, now that the Senators have thought it wise to “come up” with a bill or law as the case may be, that will judge the lecturers that are fond of harassing their students as well as deter the transactional practice of sex for marks, they also owe us all duty to make a stringent law that will curb the corruption of officeholders. 

If the Senate could deem it to propose five years and ₦50 million fine for the rogue lecturers across the Nigerian higher institutions, I see no reason why it should not make tougher law for itself and other public officeholders. After all, leaders must lead by example.

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The People's Bishop Kenneth Obi, Edo COGIC Prelate and Chairman Citizens for Righteousness and Social Justice (CRJ), Imo State._

By the People's Bishop Kenneth Obi

We Nigerians are far too quick to assign unearned titles to leaders who are yet to prove their competence. “Your Excellency, Sir” is most obsequiously attached to governors, local government chairmen, and senators regardless of their political abilities.

Winning an election is not a feat that warrants such flattery, especially when the Nigerian political culture is dominated by violence, manipulation, deception, and intimidation.

However, this will surely not stop us from showering chosen leaders with accolades and titles, even when less than 3% of the eligible population voted for the leader in question.

We are always ready to hail and salute our elected representatives when all they often know how to do is deface public property with pictures of their complacent faces. Indeed, even when our leaders are on trial for corruption and crime, we find a way to assign them undeserved titles.

Some may argue for the need to respect elected officials. What they fail to note is that these officials, often found guilty of all kinds of negligence and corruption, would be given the status of common criminals if they were less rich and powerful.

There is nothing excellent about them lining their pockets with our money. There is nothing excellent about scaling fences and throwing chairs in Houses of Assembly.

And there is certainly nothing excellent about leaving a country with so much potential in the same state in which you found it.

Until we see the country as a whole begin to reach excellence, the title “your excellency” will be nothing more than a lie, a premature assertion contributing to Nigeria’s political and economic stagnation.

Fellow Nigerians, please scrutinize your local and national leaders before assigning them such titles. Your so-called Excellency’s are, more often than not, far from excellent but dishonest and dishonorable. 

May God bless our dear country, Nigeria. Following the burial of Mr Corruption March 23rd, 2019 we have needs to keep Mr corruption permanently Dead raising anti corruption crusaders to ending Suffering and Smiling for a Better Nigeria.

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By the People's Bishop Kenneth Obi

There have been growing tension in Nigeria and other African countries in recent times concerning the xenophobic rascality in South Africa. It isn’t new that natives in South Africa have been killing foreigners that settled in South Africa. Most of the victims of the xenophobic brutality are Nigerians. 

For that, there have reactions from nations whose citizens were killed. In Ghana, there was a report of killings of over 20 South Africans in response to the xenophobia.

Similar instance was recorded in Zimbabwe where many South Africans were killed, a showcase of grievance against the xenophobic attack. Nigeria, being the most affected area is not an exception. 

Businesses owned by South Africans were attacked. In Ibadan, Oyo state, we heard the tragic story of some young Nigerians who set MTN Nigeria’s office ablaze. In Kano, we had the reports of the closure of Shoprite, in Owerri, Akure and Lagos there was the closure of Standbic IBTC and Standard Chartered banks.

Thus, Nigeria’s reaction to xenophobic rascality must not negate South Africa’s economic platform or any of its political gains. Destruction of MTN or DSTV offices and other business enterprises of SA in Nigeria is wrong. It could preferably be by way of our government capacity to engage the SA government. Understanding is what we are lacking and what we need, therefore, we have to work for it.

We must continue to uphold our core values in line with the stand of the National Orientation Agency. We must have to demonstrate maturity and greatness in the showcase of our grievances. 

We must respect intervention of other communities who have been our business friends and indeed, economic promoters that stand to beg us over the misgivings of the SA. We must accept SA’s apology to attest to the world of our stand as leaders of Africa in symbolism and actualities of our actions.

Brutal reactions to South Africa must be reserved while other workable strategies are adopted for effectiveness, expanding partnership, respect, cohesion and greater good be among our localities. 

We should continue to draw lessons from the previous instances, even as we remain committed to working out best modalities to address the lingering issue. We must remain a united Nigeria.

We must be obliged to pursuing healthy continental unity and peace.

We must resist any attempt to disgrace Nigeria and Nigerians anywhere on earth and most importantly demonstrate our likeness of collective living. Nigeria is the home of all Africans, we are the big mother and thereby should be moved by the desire to integrate and promote territorial harmony.

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The People's Bishop Kenneth Obi Edo COGIC Prelate.

Advocate of Humanity and Social Justice, CRJ Chairman Imo State.