President Muhammadu Buhari has declared zero tolerance to rape, calling on the Inspector General of Police to deal with perpetrators of rape and other gender-based violence in the country.
This was disclosed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, during the launching of the United States Agency for International Development’s Momentum Country and Global Leadership initiative, according to The Guardian.
The Vice President was represented by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, at the event.
Osinbajo said, “Mr. President directed the Inspector General of Police to deal with all perpetrators further to the declaration of zero tolerance on rape and other gender-based violence as well as constant engagement with the police on the need to promptly address issues of gender-based violence.
“It is time we rose up to the challenges posed by this menace and constantly speak out against this evil perpetrated by mindless individuals. As such, I want to join my voice with all the voices gathered here today to say no to gender-based violence in Nigeria.
“It would be recalled that the Federal Executive Council on June 10, 2020 unanimously declared zero tolerance against gender-based violence in the country in view of the hues and cries that trailed the unacceptable spike in gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.”