By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Concerned over the rising incident of rape in the country, Elder statesman Ahmed Joda has called on government at all levels to take decisive measures to create a society devoid of rape.
Joda who spoke at an interactive session with journalists at his residence in Yola to mark his 90th birthday, said rape is an .offence that should not be uphold by the society.
“I have followed a case of a five year old that was raped and abandoned.
“No religion, Christianity nor Islam supports adultery between consenting adults much less the defilement of minors as young as five; we should not tolerate that”, Joda stated.
He accused the police and judiciary for not discharging their responsibilities effectively and efficiently.
“The police which is the first point of call for victims is not playing its role, neither the judiciary; a simple case that should take few weeks will be allowed to go on for years”.
The elder statesman maintained that dragging rape cases for long was a deliberate attempt to jettison justice.
He lamented that those who are charged with the responsibility to protect our society especially children are part of the problem.
“Our government lacks political will to address societal issues of Boko Haram, farmers- herdsmen crises, kidnappings and of course rape which started in pocket before becoming out of proportion.
Joda challenge journalist to deepen their efforts in the fight against rape, charging them not to relent, noting that the media is a powerful tool of influencing public opinion and government policies.
The nonagenarian lauded Adamawa Coalition Against Rape (ACAR), a group of CSOs and Journalists fighting against rape and assured them his support at all time.