From Mike Tayese, Yngagao
The Bayelsa chapter of the Federation of Muslim Women Association ofNigeria (FOMWAN) has enlisted the support of youths in its campaign against Child and Women abuse in the society.
Some 180 youths drawn from the Niger Delta states of Imo, Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa are participating in a training programme with the theme : “The Fight against Children and Women Abuse; A Task for All Muslims” in Yenagoa.
The four-day holiday programme organized for youths by FOMWAN is holding at the Bishop Dimieri Grammar School, Ovom Yenagoa.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event on Thursday, Prof. Isa
Ibrahim , Chairman of the occasion noted that children and women are tender and must be treated with utmost care, attention and love.
Ibrahim, a don at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital in Bayelsa encouraged parents to invest in the education of their children as its an integral part of their care.
He advised mothers to be observant and allow their children talk to them rather than reproach them in order to detect any form of abuse cases.
According to him, in the Islamic tradition the best of Muslims are those
who are kind to young ones and women.
In her lecture Dr. Qaabilah Lawal , a medical practitioner at the Federal
Medical Centre, Yenagoa describes abuse as both physical and emotional, emphasizing that those who often exploit these young ones are often relatives or close friends of the family.
Lawal advised parents to properly inform and educate their children on what constituted abuse as well as encourage them to report it.
She urged parents not to quarrel or argue in the presence of their children as it is a form of emotional abuse. This could constitute dangers in their growth and well being undermining their self worth.
Also speaking on a paper titled “Legal Remedies for Victims of Abuse”
Barr. Kamalideen Adekilekun assured that there was legal remedies for victims of abuse under the legal system to protect children and women..
Adekilekun urged victims of rape to report incidence of abuse as many cases of violation are unreported due to the associated stigma.
Speaking on ‘The Future Youth”, the Chief Imam of Nigeria Navy School, PortHarcourt, Sheik Sikirullah Adekilekun said the future belongs to the knowledgeable as the modern world is knowledge driven.
The cleric advised participants to seek knowledge to secure a place of honour for themselves in the future.
He also urged them to shun extremism and other conducts that undermine personal security and public safety.
Earlier, in her welcome address the chairperson of the organizing committee FOMWAN South-South Youth Forum camp, Hajia Abimbola Bakare commended the participants for their interest in the programme.
Abimbola Bakare urged them to use the camping period to acquire skills and tips on how to prevent abuses and applauded donours who supported the association to host the holiday youth camp.