Nollywood Actors urge Nigerians To Speak Up Against Domestic Violence

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Pointing out that silence could fuel the spread of abuse of all kinds in the society, the actors admonished members of the public to always kick against such in order to stop the menace.
 

Nigerian movie stars, Charles Inojie and Ali Nuhu, have called on compatriots not to condone domestic violence in any form, positing that doing so will cause more problems in the country.

Pointing out that silence could fuel the spread of abuse of all kinds in the society, the actors admonished members of the public to always kick against such in order to stop the menace.

In a series of short videos shared on their various social media platforms including Instagram with the label #MakeWeHalla, the Nollywood stars called on the Nigerian authorities to hand down stiffer sanctions on perpetrators of domestic violence in a bid to deter others from involving in such.

In a statement on Wednesday shedding light on their latest sensitisation drive, Inojie, said, “Partner violence is prevalent across Nigeria, yet silence persists.

“#MakeWeHalla aims to break this silence, asserting that such violence is intolerable. Together, our voices resonate louder.”

While adding his voice to the call, Nuhu said, “From North to South, domestic abuse persists, and silence only emboldens the perpetrators.

“Every instance of silence empowers the abuser. This is why action is imperative.”

To push home their message, Inojie shared the trending video in English, while Nuhu used Hausa, a popular dialect across Northern Nigeria, to engage his fans.

Domestic violence has become a major issue in Nigeria in recent years with number of victims of this scourge growing by the day.

According to a 2019 survey by the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics, 30 per cent of women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence in the country.

In November 2021, a United Nations Women report indicated that 48 per cent of women in Nigeria had experienced one form of violence since the outbreak of COVID-19.

A popular Nigerian gospel musician, Osinachi Nwachukwu, was in April 2022 reported to have died from an abusive marriage.

There have been several more deaths arising from domestic violence across the country since that period.

But despite the Nigerian government enacting the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act in 2015, victims of this form of abuse often face several barriers in their quest for justice including stigma and lack of trust in country’s legal system.

According to experts, strengthening the legal framework to ensure accountability and also handing out severe punishments to offenders, are some of the ways the menace can be curbed. 

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