Alarmed by the increasing number of sexual violence against children, especially the death of thirteen year old Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbanje in Benue state, a lawyer and member of the FIDA Delta state, is organizing a walk in Asaba tomorrow, October 27, against sexual abuse and defilement of children.
“Children are special gifts from God Almighty. They are their parents’ pride and source of happiness to society. They are decent and innocent. Every reasonable human being should love children and protect their innocence,” said the coordinator of the walk, Awele Ideal Esq.
She said every concerned citizen in Delta state is invited to join her tomorrow for the walk which will commence at 3:30pm at Adios place and terminate at Grand Hotels, Asaba.
She said that she, like every well meaning Nigerian, was shocked when news of the death of the young girl broke in the media.
“I am a mother of three lovely girls and I cannot imagine such wickedness being visited on any of them. It is time we rise as a society against this monster that is rearing its head in our midst,” she added.
She said the walk is aimed at sensitizing parents, especially mothers not to be part of the conspiracy of silence and to indicate urgency for us all to keep an eagle eye on children everywhere we are.
Thirteen year old Ochanya was reported to have died from complications caused by years of severe sexual abuse by a 51-year old guardian and his son in Otukpo, Benue state.
FIDA Benue state is spearheading the fight for justice for late Ochanya.