The Academic Staff Union of Universities says death sentence and castration of rape offenders were not sufficient to end incessant rape cases in the country.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU National President, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun State on Sunday.
Ogunyemi said the death sentences and other stiffer punishment imposed on armed robbers by Federal Government had not yielded desirable result or end armed robbery in the country.
He attributed incessant cases of rape to poor governance, noting that the individual may have problems and that the society also has to be blamed.
He said: “The country has to balance the two by looking on how best we can reform and how best the nation can create the environment to minimise the manifestation of this prevalent.
“How do we create an environment where people will express their frustration on people by oppressing the innocent girls or women in the society.”
Ogunyemi described rape as a form of pervasion and abnormal way of behaving caused by psychological dislocation or mental problem exhibited by the rapist.
According to him, the social environment the nation finds itself was also creating avenues for such act to be perpetrated.
Ogunyemi, however, said the nation needed to look back into the society to uncover what the people were doing wrongly.
The ASUU president said that imposing death sentence and castration on rapists was just like going to an extreme without addressing root causes of the problem.
Ogunyemi advocated a life sentence for rape offenders rather than death sentence, saying the offender could end up becoming an advocate against rape after undergoing reforms in the prison.
He listed three factors to be considered in sanctioning rapists: punishment must serve as deterrent to others, people must be reformed and the punishment must be commensurate to the offence committed.
He said: “The people will be able to rediscover their lives in the prison through proper guidance in term of reorientation and reeducation.
“Through this process, the country can reclaim a sizeable number of people that are sexually pervasive.”
Ogunyemi urged the Federal Government to grant free education and health care services to Nigerians to enable them pay more attention in bringing up their children as well as reduce pressure on family units.
This, he said, would help to reduce the recurrence of rape in the country.