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Refugees commission seeks collaboration against SGBV

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By Laraba MUREY

Federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, has called for joint efforts by stakeholders in identifying perpetrators of Sexual Gender Based Violence, SGBV, in order to achieve justice for abused women and children.

Sulaiman-Ibrahim, who stated this while receiving members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ FCT Chapter and some civil society organizations on Friday in Abuja, said given the recent narrative of SGBV as normal among some Nigerians, it pertinent that “we change that knowing that Nigerians are not bad people but good people.”

Expressing her delight during the solidarity visit by the groups, following the recent alleged reckless spending and corruption leveled against her, she noted that such visits provide the avenue to raise voices on issues affecting the vulnerable in society.

Sulaiman-Ibrahim stated that, “When I heard about this courtesy visit in regards to 16-day activism of sexual based violence and to show solidarity to the survivors, before now I didn’t think that I was a survivor but I thank you for bringing it to my notice.

 “I’m excited especially when we talk about issues that make us want to amplify our voices against SGBV.

“We can also rub minds and chart a course towards collaboration, advocacy and sensitization.”

In addition, “we have come to the height of it. It is very important that we know that these people that abuse others are not spirits, they’re among us and we can put our voices together to actually eliminate it, because it is beginning to identify with us as a part of us and we are not abusers but good people.

“We have to perfect the art of fishing out people that take others for granted and punish them.”

Earlier, the chairperson of NAWOJ, Anna Daniel, commended the commissioner’s transformational work and urged her not to be deterred by some traducers. 

“It is because of her intelligence and resilience and her hard work. I will make proud here to say again that we all are in the know of the corruption allegation that is labeled against the her but I want to tell her today that as a woman, she is doing us proud.”