The universities, and by extension, lecturers, are just as complicit as their overall governing body. With all the complaints made,

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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*CRJ is the best way to go fighting Corruption and Injustice in an immoral World.*

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