He may advise FG to do more to reduce hunger.
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle, on Thursday instructed President Muhammad Bukhari to prioritize investment in food production to reduce hunger and improve the economic well-being of people, especially women and girls. …
Ayokunle, who spoke at the launch of CAN’s 16-day campaign against gender-based violence in Abuja, expressed concern about the country’s hunger level, warning that the country could experience a season of sexual exploitation and abuse of women. and girls unless urgent action is taken.
Rather than paying lip service to the empowerment of women, she said, practical means of meeting their economic and social needs in safe places free from violence and abuse should be explored.
She said: “The economic troubles during the COVID-19 outbreak pose a serious threat to the work and business of young women and place them at greater risk of exploitation and abuse.
“We have noticed that higher levels of food insecurity and hunger are forcing women and men to trade food for sex. Therefore, we urge the government to do more to reduce hunger in the world to help combat gender-based violence in Nigeria. ”
He described the 16 days of active government and stakeholder action against gender-based violence as a positive development, adding: “This campaign should be expanded to zonal, state and local government levels across the country.
“It is also necessary to intensify preventive measures aimed at eliminating unequal relations between men and women as the main cause of gender-based violence.”
In this context, Ayokunle called on the government, religious leaders and civil society to work together to create safe places (physical and networked) for women to report abuse without warning those responsible.
CAN has accused religious leaders of disciplinary action against gender-based violence occurring in their communities.
“Religious leaders of faith must see themselves as the main actors in the campaign against gender-based violence. They should use their platforms to discuss gender-based violence issues in their organizations, ”he added.
Among the religious leaders attending the event was the main imam of the mosque Apo Jumaat Abuja Alhaji Nura Khalid, who called for religious tolerance, mutual respect and cooperation in the fight against gender-based violence and other issues highlighted by COVID. 19 pandemic.
Other prominent clerics included the Rev. Gideon Shagba, the Apostle Nyeneime Andy, Rev. Doctor Testimony Onifad, Elder Biodun Sanyaolu, Justice of the Peace J.C. Atoebi, representatives of the All African Conference of Churches (AACC), among others.
Source: – Vanguard