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Prostitution in Nigeria’s Ivory Tower

11/15/11

Prostitution in Nigeria’s Ivory Tower

*Prostitution in Nigeria’s Ivory Tower
.. I "inherited horrible Concession Agreements" -aviation minister

By Amiru Adamu

Prostitutes have been in business from time immemorial and are viewed as social outcasts by all generations from way back then to date. Prostitution in Nigeria has thrived despite religious injunctions and countless laws enacted against it. Though the act of prostitution is still practiced in brothels and streets of major cities all over Nigeria today, the dark trade has shifted and is flourishing in Nigeria’s higher institutions of learning. Young girls sent to schools to acquire knowledge and become productive citizens in the nation, have found a vocation in prostitution and now practice one of the oldest trades within and outside our institutions of higher learning.

One may be wondering why the act will be flourishing in our institutions, under the very nose of the authorities concerned? One of the reasons I believe is the misconceived notion that students of higher institutions of learning are adults, hence at liberty to behave as they wish most especially outside the lecture halls. But didn’t they take an oath during their matriculation ceremonies to be of good conduct? Didn’t they swear to abide by the rules and regulations governing their institutions? Or is prostitution part of the academic achievements? I can go on and on. ( Continues below...... )

A commercial sex worker

Photo Above: A commercial sex worker (prostitute) in action in a bar.

Another reason why prostitution thrives in our higher institutions unchecked, I believe is because most of the stakeholders in the schools most especially the lecturers are benefitting directly and indirectly from the trade. My reason for so saying is the fact that most of the students who practice such trade do not take their studies seriously, but still manage to pass and graduate with flying colours because they sleep with some of their lecturers and pay some for grades from the proceeds of prostitution.

Though prostitution has been in existence in Nigeria long before now, I believe the present high rise being witnessed is not unconnected with the fact that our politicians who are the major customers of the “academic prostitutes” are paying a lip service to the menace. They patronize the girls in the night and climb unto the moral high ground in the morning calling for action to be taken to curb the menace. I recently interacted with a young lady whom I will like to refer to as madam K. She is a student at one of the teacher training institutions of a certain Northern state.

Madam K. is a prostitute and a pimp of some sort; she explained how she operates to me. Every evening she said, “I visit a hotel where I have a contact who supplies girls to people, mostly highly placed personalities and politicians. My contact usually requests for 5 to 10 girls to be brought and if there is an event in town, he requests for up to 30 girls or more at a time.” When I asked her how she manages to get such a number of girls, she said, “I have more than 200 phone numbers of girls who are ever ready to render service anytime I call upon them.” Her story is just one out of thousands of such transactions being carried out in our society today. This high level of patronage coupled with the usual excuse of poverty has made students of higher institutions of learning, embrace prostitution or “RUNS” as they like to refer to it with almost a total monopoly. ( Continues below...... )

Prof Otubu, and a female student, Judith who along with others videoed him stripped naked

Photo Above: Ambrose Alli University Engineering lecturer, Prof. P. O. Otubu, and a female student, Judith (right) who along with others videoed him stripped naked.
Click To Watch Prof Otubu Video ( Viewer's Discretion Advised )

The deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu recently asked the senate to consider the possibility of legalizing prostitution because according to him, it has defied all laws. What they failed to realize is the fact that, most measures taken to curb prostitution concentrates largely on trafficking rather than addressing the menace of prostitution here in Nigeria. I am a realist who believes in calling a spade, a spade. I do not expect any legislation or law to stop or at least address the situation, because most of the people responsible for bringing about such laws are directly benefitting from the trade or rather are the so called clients.

In my opinion the possible solution to this menace lies with the parents who should supervise their wards at schools more effectively, since the authorities trusted with the job have failed. Religious groups such as Federation of Moslem Women’s Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and its Christian counterpart as well as other concerned groups should come up with effective campaigns against prostitution in our higher institutions. The campaigns should aim at educating the students on the negative effects of these acts, health and moral wise. Efforts like this might perhaps arrest the situation or at least save those who are yet to go beyond redemption.

Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.

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40 comments

Comment from: Tochukwu [Visitor]
Tochukwuprostitution in nigeria has caused a lot problem to nigerian citizen espercially the youth. If i were to say, let there be law enacted against it. Further more, we have to know that prayer is the master key. Lets pray together for there is nothing our lord can't do.
11/15/11 @ 13:43
Comment from: nono [Visitor]
nonois her body,what is ur business?are u a virgin?sex is sex for free oh or for sale oh.
11/15/11 @ 15:12
Comment from: Martins [Visitor]
MartinsIt is only prayers that can help this girls of our youger generation.
11/15/11 @ 15:18
Comment from: Okem [Visitor]
OkemWho can define prostitution? It is the oldest business institution. Now what? Police is a customer. Politicians are multiple customers. It is a resting benchmark of a business man. Ladies find solace in this trade when they become economically desperate. An unquestionable job for the unemployed young girls. Is prostitution a generational giving or misgiving? A solution for a close door church leader. A great institutional mishap as opposed to an institutional achievements. Is it not wise to find a solution for the shortcomings that follows it.
11/15/11 @ 22:34
Comment from: Daniels B Garba [Visitor]
Daniels B GarbaThe world at large is morally corrupt that even when you train your child in the way of the Lord she/he still gets corrupted and influenced by peers or friends they live the house.Prayer is the only key as God is the invincible watchman that watches over and protecs them from all situations.meanwhile the devil does not steals from his own,but from believers who goes about the good news and pouring unending holy ghost firm at him,hence you need to pray for these children without seizing against all dirts of the devil.
11/15/11 @ 23:04
Comment from: Mfon [Visitor]
MfonWhat make up prostitution? Some see/call it fun.Imagine your picture at the bar in the full glare of fun seekers/lovers. what could be fun more than that.
The lucturer and student are also having fun, enjoying themself though in the lecturer's office(?),free mindely ,after all 'money for hand, back for'
It's part of the societal decadence.
May God save us for us
11/16/11 @ 01:49
Comment from: Wellborn [Visitor]
Wellbornwe can never have a prostitution free society so long as we have some ponographic tendencies that creats appetite for sex.puplic servnats,teachers and politician who are proved to have been cought petronising prostitute should be dismissed.Most of this acclaimed "students prostitute" are not actually students but impersonetors.venues and places that promotes prostitution should be closed.
11/16/11 @ 02:13
Comment from: A.A Hassan [Visitor] Email
A.A HassanDo we ever ask why young girls ar doin prostitution? just becouse of satisfaction, business or they want it. ok to be sincerly speaking, they do it becouse of condition that is POVERTY
11/16/11 @ 02:24
Comment from: WELLBORN . [Visitor]
WELLBORN .We cannever have a prostitution free society so long as we have some ponographic tendencies that creats appetite for sex.Public servants,teachers and polititians who are proved to have been cought petronising prostitute should be dismissed.Most of this acclaimed "students prostitute" are not actually students but impersonetors.Hotels,tv stations,music and places that promotes ponograpgy/prostitution should be closed because the are also hide out or and take off points for criminals.
11/16/11 @ 02:31
Comment from: Muhammad [Visitor]
MuhammadYes, it has been always a problem about prostitution, but mostly corner around poverty. "poverty" has been an key role in problem of prostitution, in my subjectiön we should continou praying & strugling god will answered us. Because all our leaders are already to hear us just for there selfish interest, base on riging & coruption. God bless naija.
11/16/11 @ 03:25
Comment from: Godson [Visitor]
GodsonThere is not going to be a business if no buyer, the greatest mistery about prostition, people regard as a profesion for the unemployed ladies and young female. Men who suppose to be respected with descent integrity are also client to these hyjackers,politicians,company staff,government workers, chiefs even some clergy are involed with them as they forcefully lure them with thier spell and hamulets to patronize them under spiritual durex agreed or not. The bottom line, only the sovereign lord can deliver thier vitims as well as the soiety amen.
11/16/11 @ 04:01
Comment from: Abashi James [Visitor]
Abashi JamesIt is difficult to fight prostitution in Nigeria,the reason is that those who claim to frown at it are the ones that patronised these prostitutes. These girls has become so materialistic, in a quest to live their fakish life,they end up sleeping with people who are as old as their fathers just to get money.The senators, ministers and other top politicians are the client.when people who are supposed to fihgt these immorality are the direct beneficiaries of it, then fighting it becomes a problem.I dont agree with people who adduced economic reasons as to why girls are taken to prostitution hence that argument has no moral justification.In the face of this harsh economic condition,we have girls who has refused to compromised and today,they become great assets to the Nation i.e the likes of Dora Akunyili, Konjo Iweara etc.
11/16/11 @ 04:06
Comment from: taibat [Visitor]
taibatabout the Prof i think it is a set up becos,there was no romantic moment before the sudden harrassement by Judith,Prof may hv been punished for his princeple of no nonsense he also signed a check under duress.Nonsense.this is consipirace,harrassement ,kidnapping and theft.
11/16/11 @ 04:17
Comment from: felix iyah [Visitor]
felix iyahMay God help this generation we live in to day.
11/16/11 @ 05:13
Comment from: felix iyah [Visitor]
felix iyahGod help us all.
11/16/11 @ 05:17
Comment from: kaybee [Visitor]
kaybeeWhat you just outlined,is a tip of an iceberg.If they prostitute with men or women, then wat will you say of ,foreigners coming with their pet animals to have sex with the prostitute in our ivory towers.
11/16/11 @ 05:41
Comment from: ediwise [Visitor]
ediwiseWhat the author of this article has written makes alot of sense for those that are concerned with the posterity of this great nation. The rate at which prostitution is going, the animeal kingdom may stand one day to question the human superiority over them. No class of people is left out in this menace; politicians, high profile personalities, academians, even religious leaders who are supposed to be custodian of good morality and sanctity. I agree with the author that parents should supervise their wards and even better still, cultivate a good moral culture at home while they themselves live by moral examples.
11/16/11 @ 05:45
Comment from: Odiegwu Godwin [Visitor] Email
Odiegwu GodwinProstitution is a social menace which a every right thinking person will not support its implementation, our law makers can go ahead to legalize it bcs they re the highest patronizers.
11/16/11 @ 06:34
Comment from: AKOR GABRIEL [Visitor]
AKOR GABRIELEvery thing we do in life is a seed, and there is always a day of reckoning, To dose student whom their parents sent to school to study, and they chose prostitution, the day of reaping must certainly come b/4 them, though it may tarry. And for the lecturer and politician that are using their position to lure innocent student into prostitution they will also have a day for their harvest, with their hands full with a show of shame like this prof.
11/16/11 @ 07:30
Comment from: JULIET [Visitor]
JULIETcome oooo this is what people who are called leaders do to us at school,please we need help in our institutions because all the girls are in pains. God help us. help we the girls from all this pains we are passingthrough in the hands of our lucturer's and leaders only GOD can tell.
however, that girl must have been in pressure that nobody knows about,who can tell.well, we are in your hands PAPA GOD
THANKS
JULIET HELEN
11/16/11 @ 08:20
Comment from: Peter Obi [Visitor]
Peter ObiThe people need deliverance because demons have possessed them.
11/16/11 @ 08:41
Comment from: Captain k [Visitor]
Captain kImmorality has become a cancer in our society eating deeply across all class and strata from d younger generation to d older once. Supprisly oone major factor that lead young girls to practice dis trade is poverty. We need d hovernment, religions bodies, NGO, and individual effort to curb dis menace. Above all we need d help of God
11/16/11 @ 09:22
Comment from: chukwunonso obika [Visitor]
chukwunonso obikapls the problem is not the girls that are into this act it is the people who petronise them. talking of stoping it is inpossible bicos you cannot stop evil,the world we live in is full of evil why bicos people has forsaking their God, no fear of God again in our socities ,churches ,mosques pastors immans govt all has fail,to stop it is only in the hand of GOD and individual will to retuned back to bases,by personal realisionship with GOD CHRISTAINS pickup your bibles,MUSILEMS PICKUPpickup your koran and do what it says you to do.
11/16/11 @ 12:53
Comment from: ayubas saleh [Visitor]
ayubas salehMy heart goes to our generation and the moral decadence we are in. I have no intention to cast a stone to anyone as we are directly or indirectly guilty of the same offense, either in thought or in action. I pitied the Prof in this video for being brought so low because he was unable to control his sexual appetite. It is a disgrace to our educational system, our nation and our generation, and and he deserve to pay the price with his Job. This may serve as a deterrent to other lecturers who may use their position of trust to exploits vulnerable female student. I wish he have a daughter, and wish she also is treated the same way he treated this student. "For do unto others as you will want others to do unto you" I may sound very harsh, but considering his age and position in the society, what entered his head to condescend to this level for children, the age of his daughters/sons, to treat him like a nonentity. Where is his age,experience and his learning? May the Lord have mercy.
11/16/11 @ 19:46
Comment from: ABOKI DUNIYA [Visitor] Email
ABOKI  DUNIYAProstitution is a conventional business in human history.
It is between opposite sex to certify their sexual urge.
I believe because it is involved a high personality of social standing,it becomes a breaking news. Otherwise, it is not.Remember Same sex Marriage bill being discussed at the highest seat of the land which is automatically an abomination, the sin the Sodom and Gomorrah, why that one never become a breaking news to Nigerians? What animal cannot do, human beings are agitating that Law approved for them for homosexual and lesbianism. Pray for salvation of Nigerians.
11/16/11 @ 21:43
Comment from: gift. Azuonwu [Visitor]
gift. AzuonwuLecturers are wicked, heartless they don't have conscience. they have heart of devil
11/17/11 @ 05:25
Comment from: EVIDENCE [Visitor]
EVIDENCEAN OLD MAN WHO CALLED HIMSELF PROF. SEE HOW U MASSED UR URSELF UP. WOOOOOOOOOOOOO ON TO U
11/17/11 @ 08:30
Comment from: DANIEL C. I. [Visitor] Email
DANIEL C. I.God help this country. In this country anything goes. We are in a country where evil is good and good, evil.
11/17/11 @ 09:32
Comment from: Eric Ibekwe [Visitor]
Eric IbekweUntil people like this Professor are subjected to capital purnishment for corrupting the Children under their care, then we are not making progress as a Nation.
11/17/11 @ 10:23
Comment from: adamu [Visitor]
adamuits very bad 4 a lecturerer tomake sex with agirl.he must to be withjdrawn
11/17/11 @ 14:35
Comment from: Timothy [Visitor]
TimothyIt's so unfortunate dt our sisters often become something else when they go to schools of higher learning. some times they like it while most times they re forced in to these illicit life in de name of fear of staffs nd what so ever. If People like these Prof. are not prosecuted then I bet Prostitution in schools is jst as good as reading to pass ur exams. God help our sisters....
11/18/11 @ 06:22
Comment from: ismaila shehu [Visitor]
ismaila shehuThe people whose custodial, care, and responsibilities of our children lied on their shoulders engaged in these kind of activities.This is unbelievable!
11/19/11 @ 11:43
Comment from: SANI ADAMU [Visitor]
SANI ADAMUthe big problum of this this our nation the can not assept sharia .that its the only way out
11/20/11 @ 14:53
Comment from: AKONG [Visitor]
AKONGWhen the lazy become strong, grace abound, open door of opportunities emerges and prostitution disappears.
11/22/11 @ 04:43
Comment from: EDIRIN [Visitor]
EDIRINif not for the special grace of God Almighty i don't think we will be experiencing all this non sense we are in today may baba God help us
01/14/12 @ 04:50
Comment from: mukhtar adamu [Visitor] Email
mukhtar adamuImagine' if the prof.knows and beleive that he would be stoned publically to death. would he have dared it.
02/14/12 @ 08:43
Comment from: Raheem Alamu James [Visitor] Email
Raheem Alamu JamesInfact it is the holy spirit that can help us flesh can not run away from this lustful act, meanwhile those involve might be through lack of parental care and peer group but which ever way,. it is God that can save us .
05/03/12 @ 08:51
Comment from: me [Visitor]
meThere is a professor at Portugal doing the same "lecturing" to teen studants, his name is Tomas Taveira.
05/11/12 @ 13:17
Comment from: Adriano Neto [Visitor]
Adriano Netoyou know, this we call puverty the puverty wich is coming from a contry, a country wich as got president, the president wich is not doing any thing to prevent this, in 2 years all nigeria country will be 79%percents HIV.
11/20/12 @ 05:16
Comment from: abiodunfuoye [Visitor]
abiodunfuoyeimagine what cash can do...
10/11/13 @ 05:04

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