Rape, as evil as it is, has become one of the commonest crimes committed in Nigeria. What is even more horrifying is the fact that most victims of rape are children under the ages of 6-15 years. What these victims do to draw the attention of these depraved Nigerian men is one question no one has been able to answer.
How do some men find it pleasurable to have sex with little children whose sexual organs are yet to fully form? We just have a bunch of men who just want to quell their urges; all at the expense of the children’s well-being.
The instances where children and women suffer rape are becoming numerous and uncountable. Regrettably, the shame and stigma that follows rape victims have led many to commit suicide. One example is the mysterious death of Tokunbo Ajayi, the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) broadcaster who committed suicide after she was gang-raped by armed robbers. The other case is the one where an uncle raped his four year old niece. How low can these men not go?
Why rape a 4 year old child?
One disgusting and really appalling reason Nigerian sex offenders have given in recent times is connected to diabolic rituals. When they are caught and made to confess, they state that they were instructed by some herbalist to have sex with minors, so that a spiritual transfer can happen.
Other reasons include:
1) Their want for cheap sex
2) The fact that victims cannot fight back
3) And a very weird lust for children
Where some people are quick to give different reasons why men engage in such a terrible act, there are talks that one main reason is the fact that the penalty for the crime is not strict enough. One other reason is that more victims are not speaking up. But can they be blamed?
In a society where victims, instead of getting the justice they deserve, are stigmatized against, more and more will toll the path of silence.
What are the numbers?
Findings from a National Survey carried out in 2014 on Violence Against Children in Nigeria confirmed that one in four females reported experiencing sexual violence in childhood with approximately 70% reporting more than one incident of sexual violence. In the same study, it was found that 24.8% of females’ ages 18 to 24 years experienced sexual abuse prior to age 18 of which 5.0% sought help, with only 3.5% receiving any services.https://warifng.org/rape-stats-in-nigeria/
The above statistics is what it is because of the usual lack of adequate evidence to “substantiate the claims” of most victims. Where the court cannot ascertain that the crime was actually committed just by relying on the word of the victim (who are mostly children, by the way), most cases are thrown out as invalid. So these children and young adults go back home and live with the shame.
The incessant cases of rape in recent times is what have perturbed well-meaning Nigerians to agitate for a review of the punishment mechanism for rapists. Because the “Laws of the Land” does not do so much in granting victims the justice they deserve, they suggest parents and family members employ “other means”.
According to those for strict sanctions against rapists, the present jail term of about two to five years for a rapist is inadequate to serve as deterrent to offenders. They argued that such punishment would do little or nothing to curb the occurrences of sexual harassment and damages inflicted upon rape victims. So some have advocated immediate death as punishment for rapists. And to do this, they have suggested Magun.
Magun, or thunderbolt, is a popular charm among the Yoruba people, commonly done to curb promiscuity.
In the Yoruba culture of Western region of Nigeria, the strange tradition of Magun means “do not climb”. It is done to restrict either man or woman from sexual promiscuity. Parents can place Magun on their daughters to keep them from being promiscuous and punish anyone who rapes them, or it could be done by in-laws, lovers, spouses to keep husbands or wives from being unfaithful.
If a woman is suspected of cheating, the husband proves it by using the charm. Should she commit adultery after Magun is placed on her, her partner dies during the act. Where he does not die during the act, he remains stuck to her until witnesses arrive.
What is Magun to the Yorubas?
The Magun is usually laid without consent and/or trickily. A broomstick or thread can be placed on a doorstep or walkway for the woman to cross over. Nevertheless, the result can be very deadly.
A woman with this spell that is unfaithful can get ridden with strange illnesses, boils, small pox or increased sweating, and could eventually die. A man with the spell who cheats could end up crowing like a rooster, enlargement of the private part, headaches, convulsions or somersaulting.
However, the most common manifestation of this charm happens when a woman laid with the spell commits adultery, the penis of the lover becomes stuck in the vagina with severe pains until the husband comes to cancel the spell.
Magun for Rapists
The advocacy now is that Magun be placed on girls and women, even though they are not promiscuous. The aim is to ward off and punish the depraved men who seek them out on a daily basis.
It is no news that women only have to be women to become prey to the increasing number of debased men in the country. One can only believe that stiff penalties like the Magun will make them reconsider their actions.
On the side, it would be really relieving to see rapists suffer in the following ways:
1) The rapist sticks to the woman/girl like glue during sex, so he cannot detach himself from the woman/girl.
2) The rapist crows like a rooster three times. By the third time, he ends up dead.
3) Just like the chicken Magun, the rapist somersaults. When he somersaults the third time, he dies.
The only offside is that the girls and women might suffer too. If only the tradition can be reworked so they don’t be a part of the suffering.
As for the controversial case between Mrs. Dakolo and the COZA captain, the only reason it is receiving great attention, is because she is a celebrity. For a whole lot of other girls and women, stigmatization and baseless blames are all they get. Hopefully, Busola’s campaign will pave way for victims to get the justice they deserve.
And as for all the sex offenders who think that time has cancelled out their inhuman act, Nigerians are coming for you.
For those of you who think death is too stiff a penalty for a crime as grave as this, I wonder where your heart is. The bottom line is that rape is evil, and it should be condemned. Everybody’s concern should be that offenders are punished with a penalty that matches their crime. Shikena!