Several residents of Maiduguri, in Borno state, have lamented the increasing rate of children being molested by homosexuals.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday reported that homosexuality had become rampant in Maiduguri.
Bashir Shuwa, a resident of 707 quarters in Maiduguri, said that anal sex had taken centre stage in the town.
“Recent events in Maiduguri have brought to the fore some disturbing trends that is afflicting several neighbourhoods, who helplessly watch their wards being lured into anal sex.
“This unpleasant tendency should not be allowed to remain unchecked if we want to live in a decent and tolerable society, where standard ethical norms are being obeyed by all.”
Mubarak Pate, another resident, said it was embarrassing that highly respected members of the society were engaging the young male children in sexual intercourse.
“Even in countries where Sodomy has been legalised, they descend heavily against those who do it to minors or under aged children. We should ensure that all those with such dirty habits are punished for their crimes.
“Accordingly, they should not be placed in positions of responsibility so as not to make their criminal activities look attractive to innocent people.”
Similarly, Salamatu Abdulkadir, a politician, said there were many unreported cases of homosexuals abusing children.
“The victims of the abuse are being subjected to mockery, while the perpetrators walk with pride and haughtiness as they continue with their unimpeded misdemeanour,” Abdulkadir said.
Abdullahi Ibrahim, the Borno commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said the trend was true and very disturbing.
According to Ibrahim, only two weeks ago, the command arrested a man who used an electric heater to burn his son’s anus because he was engaging in a homosexual act.
“The command discovered that the youth between eight years and 13 years old were being lured by their partners. We, therefore, urged parents to ensure proper upbringing of their children and wards to checking the trend of homosexuality in our society,” Ibrahim said.