And mind you, this is not to say that I am against the sexual harassment bill. No, I am not.

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.

*CRJ is the best way to go fighting corruption and injustice in Nigeria.*

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