Revenge Porn in the name of Religion- The Nightmare in Northern Nigeria

It was supposed to be the work of disgruntled lovers and lets face it, it was supposed to be confined to the border that separates the all holy, righteous North from the South, but is it? In recent weeks a wave of scandals stemming from revenge porn have hit Northern Nigeria.

Parents have disowned their children others have chosen to humiliate them in school assemblies all because someone who had received nude pictures and videos in good confidence has decided its time to ruin the life of a poor girl or young woman who has chosen to move on.

But the sad reality of these scandals is that, more than the work of the disgruntled maniac, it was actually religious groups that shared these pictures and video giving them wild publicity all because someone wanted to “preach against the evil of social media and modern devices”. I read about the poor father who saw his daughter’s nude videos in the Sunnah whats Group of which he was an Admin, another claimed he saw it on a Salafi Facebook group with the tag “iyaye huyi hattara”.

Preaching religion, especially Islam in Northern Nigeria has taken a wild turn. It’s now a matter of showing gory and sick images in order to satisfy the sick hunger of a population that is trying but failing to contain vices with God. The recent hiking in rape crimes in Kano is a testament. It prompted us St Louis girls to take to streets in order to call attention to the rising trend.

For how long are we suppose to hide underneath the banner religion inorder to exploit girls and women? For how long are we going to pretend like preaching in the mosque of prayer vigils are going to solve our problems? Social media is here and it’s not going away, and yes, your children who do have sex aren’t going to stop because you’d shamed them in whats or Facebook. Its time we drop the curtains and embrace sexual education, Its time we teach girls IN SCHOOLS about the dangers of such exposure, Its time we teach our boys about the meaning of respect and denounce bullying in the cyber space and real space, only then can we begin to solve the problem

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