Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has called on the government to deal decisively with university lecturers in the habit of sexually harassing young female undergraduates for grades.
Atiku’s call followed a documentary by the BBC where two lecturers were caught on tape soliciting sex from students in return for favours in the University of Ghana and the University of Lagos.
One of the lecturers, Boniface Igbeneghu, from the Department of European Languages at Unilag, was caught on camera making sexual demands to offer admission to a supposed 17-year-old girl.
Describing the situation as a scandal, Atiku said, “I have just read the story on #SexForGrades across public tertiary institutions in many West African countries.
“This is unacceptable and requires systemic strategies to put a deterrence to such behaviour.
“As a society, we cannot allow a trend that is psychologically abusive to young women to thrive.
“In fact, that’s a direct opposite of what a sound educational system represents.”