Ado Ekiti – Capital Punishment has been proffered as the best option to curb the spate of rape incidents and child abuse in Ekiti State.
To this end, the state government has been urged to enact a law that will attract maximum punishment for anyone convicted of rape or child abuse.
Making the call was Rt. Revd Christopher Omotunde, Bishop of Ekiti Diocese of Anglican Communion, at the weekend during a sermon at the burial ceremony of the late Chief Thomas Olonisakin in Igbemo Ekiti.
The cleric posited that such laws would put an end to the wanton abuse of children and women in the state.
Omotunde lamented the rate at which minors are being violated in the country. He said such acts should be condemned in its entirety. He urged Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to encourage the state Assembly to come up with a law on capital punishment for rapists so that other states can also follow suit.
Revd Omotunde who hailed the child rights law and the Gender-based violence laws of the state said a more strident penalty must be meted out to sex offenders in order to stem the ugly trend.
The Bishop, in a direct appeal to Governor Fayemi who was in attendance at the burial service, said: “I want you to push it to the Assembly to legislate capital punishment for those who abuse children, for those who rape either young children or adults. We want it, we want sanity, you have started it, I want you to push it until it becomes a law for us here.
“And what can make life comfortable for our women, unfortunately, I’m a man, but most of our men abuse women, they misuse them, I’m not saying equality now, but there must be a measure of respect for our women in the society”.
Bishop Omotunde commended Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State for his efforts at ensuring that Ekiti becomes safer for investors, through collaboration with the security agencies and the traditional institution.
He stressed the need for more development projects from the private sector that would complement all the efforts of the government aimed at bringing more development to the state.
He said, “I pray that the security policy the government is trying to make will work for us in Ekiti State because if there is security, people will love to come to the state. We pray that the move you are making towards security in the state to attract people to come and invest will be possible for you in Jesus’ name.”
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