Tuesday, 20 September 2011
ABIA GANG RAPE! Nigerian Law Maker Dabiri calls on victim to come forward!
It saddens my heart to watch and read the story of the Young Lady who was gang-raped by Five men in a video that has circulated on the internet in the last few days. On the 20th of September 2011, I intend to raise the issue on the floor of the House of Representatives. In the meantime, I will appeal to the lady herself, to at least let a few of us know her.
I will ensure that she is protected. She cannot get the justice she deserves if she remains anonymous. From the information I have gathered, I was told that this has become a regular occurrence in some parts of Nigeria. Ladies are gang-raped and they are too timid to speak up for fear of stigmatisation and reprisals..
I plead with anyone who knows her real identity and location to please convince her at least to reach out to me or the appropriate authorities so we can put an end to this. There is no reason or excuse for any woman to be raped. It is illegal and irresponsible. All men and women of good conscience in Nigeria should join me to totally condemn this abominable act.
Member Federal House of Representatives
Ikorodu Federal Constituency 2011.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.