Future Assured launches #WarAgainstAbuse campaign

Founder Future Assured Mrs. Aisha Buhari has charged the judiciary has been charged to review penalties associated

with abuse in Nigeria in order to adequately address the violation of the
fundamental human rights of victims of abuse. The charge was made by Wife of
the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari at the workshop on war on abuse,
organized by Future Assured at the State House Conference Centre on Saturday,
16th December, 2017.

Mrs. Buhari was making reference to the 6 month old baby that
was raped in Kano last year and the perpetrator getting off with a N10, 000
fine.

She also made reference to recent occurrences of child abuse,
human trafficking, child marriage, cyber bullying, domestic violence and abuse
of the elderly, saying they remain a major cause of concern despite legislative
measures.

Mrs. Buhari harped on the need to educate people and raise
necessary awareness on preventive measures and the need for immediate reporting
of incidences to law enforcement agencies to take appropriate action. “This
workshop,” She said, “will proffer workable solutions to addressing this social
problem.”

She called on victims to speak out and let the law take its
course, stressing that there should be no excuse for any form of abuse.

“If one child or adult is protected as a result of this
workshop, it would be well worth it.” She added.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who graced the occasion, spoke
on the need to keep the limelight on issues of abuse, citing issues of baby
factories, oppressive widowhood practices, conscription of children as beggars,
suicide bombers and female genital mutilation.

He said cases of abuse are preventable and urged that the risk
factors be identified and dealt with. He also spoke on the need to counsel boys
on how to treat women with equality and dignity.

Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami,
delivering his keynote address, said the workshop was timely as it addresses
issues that have pervaded the news, making reference to the victims of illegal
migration, trafficking and slavery, many of whom have died due to wrong
information. He said the legal framework guiding issues of abuse in Nigeria are
robust and stressed the need for collaborative effort to check the trend.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustafa,
delivering the speech of the President, said Future Assured has done very well
as an NGO and called other NGOs to emulate Future Assured.

Goodwill messages were delivered by the Minister of Interior,
representatives of the Senate President and Inspector-General of Police, UNICEF,
National Council of Women Societies, Nigerian Bar Association, National Orientation
Agency and UN Women.

The workshop was attended by wives of governors, state chief
judges, attorneys-general, NGOs, Civil Society Groups, and development
institutions.