Kadria Ahmed has a thing with talking straight and thats perhaps thats why we love her. The Kano girl doesn’t just go without a Hijab, she’s one of a few Northern women who have the guts to tell you its not a religious requirement. Well, the recent hike in child abuse cases in Kano got her venting on facebook:
For me the frequency of sexual assault in Kano and particularly the incidents involving minors, indicate that there is a fundamental problem.
The seriousness of the matter is further compounded by the fact that rarely do we hear voices raised in condemnation against these atrocities. Not surprisingly, no one ever seems to get punished. It wasn’t too long ago that we woke up to allegations of systematic, continuous mass rape of young boys at what was supposed to be a prestigious private secondary school.
These serious allegations made it into the media to the chagrin of the proprietor who apparently did everything in his power to kill the story including threatening the journalist who broke the story. Despite the reports, today, the matter appears to have died completely and if I am wrong, I stand to be corrected.
The point though is the only issues regarding sex that become a big deal often revolve around attempts to control female sexuality and the policing of female behaviour. So Rahama Sadau gets thoroughly abused for doing her job and a decently dressed young Princess gets insulted and told she is moving around naked, yes , tsirara, is how one commentator described her.
When a society like Kano that claims to be religious and moral but has an epidemic of sexual crimes perpetrated mostly against it’s most vulnerable, ie women and children of both sexes, we must ask questions about its religiosity and its morality.
Maybe it’s a question of wrong priorities and a refusal to look at how culturally we continue to be in denial about our problems making it impossible for us to nip anything in the bud.
Everyone knows it is impossible to solve a problem until you acknowledge you have a problem. That is always the starting point.
My hope and prayer is that we will wake up one day to a Kano State House of Assembly that will move with alacrity to address this big problem. I hope they bring to bear on this critical issue the same sort of sense of purpose they have shown in recent times in investigating nonsensical allegations