Lagos Lawmaker Criticizes debate on prostitution

Oct 16,2011 – The Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Dr Ajibayo Adeyeye, yesterday  criticised last week’s debate by the Senate on prostitution.

 “It was morally wrong for the Senate to have allowed a debate on prostitution. Although, Nigeria is a free society, some things that border on morals should be properly handled.

 “I do not expect the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to even allow a bill on prostitution to pass the first reading talk less of second reading or even debating it,’’ he told the News Agency of Nigeria. (NAN).

 The Senate had on October 4 debated human trafficking in the country with several senators advocating an amendment to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Act to provide for capital punishment for those involved in human trafficking.

 The motion on the scourge of human trafficking was moved by Sen. Dahiru Awaisu Kuta (PDP-Niger East).

 Adeyeye said prostitution was in itself a bad behaviour which should be frowned at.

 The lawmaker noted that the constitution and the culture of Nigerians also frowned at prostitution.

 NAN recalls that, Christian organisations, Nasru-lahi-l-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and the Committee of wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), among other bodies, have also criticised the move to legalise or legitimise prostitution in the country.