Aisha Buhari/File Photo

The First Lady and wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has called for urgent action to address sexual harassment against students in institutions.

Buhari made the call during the exclusive screening of the BBC Africa Eye ‘Sex for Grades’ documentary on Monday night in Lagos.

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Concise News had reported that the 13-minute documentary shows Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, a lecturer in UNILAG, soliciting sex from an “admission seeker.”

The head pastor of a Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos also revealed how his colleagues slept and UNILAG female students.

He disclosed further how his colleagues patronised UNILAG Staff club ‘Cold room’ to commit a series of atrocities on female students.

Speaking further, the First Lady lamented that the issue of sexual harassment against women was not unique to universities, but has become prevalent in the society, including religious settings.

Buhari, represented by Aisha Rimi, a lawyer, condemned sexual harassment against students, saying it was unacceptable as the nation’s educational system had suffered many setbacks that had hindered its development.

“This simply has to change. It is no longer enough to sweep allegations under the carpet or force victims to withdraw their allegations, victimise or stigmatise them,” she said.

She stressed that there are laws to protect victims of sexual harassment and abuse, but such laws cannot operate except victims speak out to get justice.

Buhari advised women that their dignity and self-respect should outweigh whatever challenge they face, stating her support to ensure a sexual abuse-free society for women.