by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – A call has been made to investigate a mother, whose 3 months’ old baby was raped by an intruder, so that she could be charged with criminality and negligence.
“I still can’t imagine how a mother will leave a three months’ baby unprotected to the point that an intruder came in and raped this toddler.”
This was the reaction of chairman of Traditional Rulers, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, in his Palace in Jos recently, when the National Human Rights Commission and other civil society organizations paid him a courtesy visit.
This was part of the week-long activities of the Commission, led by its Plateau State Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Pam, to say “No” to rape because of its increase in the society and the country.
The Gbong Gwom Jos called for an end on cases of rape and domestic violence amongst other human right abuses in the state and the country at large.
He assured the Commission of their readiness as Traditional Council to partner with them towards ending the menace, and observed that, “Some people are hell-bent on causing problems in the society in the name of ‘rights,’ adding that Nigerians are living in self denial.
“The issue of ‘right’ must be looked into holistically, and to ensure that we address the disfunctionality of our values across board and stop pretending to be Christian or pretending to be Muslim.”
The Gbong Gwom noted that, “We are in self denial because some people see the issue of right as if others don’t have. The religious organizations are not teaching the right thing to their followers; they are not!
“We know that through contact, you will get coronavirus. As it is now, you can hardly identify here, who is COVID-19 positive or not. This is part of the problem confronting our society today, and yet, a religious leader will stand and say to his congregation that ‘there is nothing like coronavirus,’” he stressed.
The Gbong Gwom was emphatic that, “They are all putting undue pressure on government to open religious houses,” while querying thus: “Does God stay in the building? Or is it the building that is a Church, or is it the building that is a Mosque?
“As Christians, the Bible says ‘my body is the temple of the Lord.’ They try to convince government that they are not trying to put pressure because of tithes and also offerings,” he noted.
The Traditional Ruler who was not happy with the undue preasure mounted on Governor Simon Lalong by some religious leaders to unlocked the state from the COVID-19 lockdown measures in the state.
Stressing that, with the challenges of identifying a COVID-19 patient, some religious leaders in pursuance of right feel is wrong for government to locked the state as part of measures to curb community spread of the virus.
Speaking earlier Mrs. Pam sue for the collaboration of the Traditional Council in the state to create more awareness on issues of rights saying that, adherence to human right will curtailed the consistent conflict in the society.
While expressing concerned over the increasing number of rape cases in the state and the country,said a three months baby as well as six years gilrs were rape in Jos as the three months baby is currently receiving treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
Mrs Pam earlier paid a visit to the speaker of House of Assembly, Religious leaders both Christians and Muslims, Chief Judge of Plateau state, Anthony General, Commissioner of Police among others.