The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that he regrets the comments he made on legalising prostitution in Nigeria.
He expressed his regrets on Thursday, when the management and students of Baze University, Abuja visited him at the National Assembly Complex.
Two weeks ago, Ekweremadu allegedly advocated for the legalisation of prostitution, to enable the government regulate the activities of prostitutes, while arguing a motion on Human Trafficking.
His comments sparked widespread criticism across the country. He said his comments have been taken out of context, “culminating in various media reports that he was sponsoring a bill to legalise prostitution in the country”.
“I did not sponsor any bill on prostitution,” he said. “I condemn all forms of human trafficking, including prostitution. As a Knight of the Church, definitely, I must condemn any act that is immoral, including prostitution, for this is not the way to live.”
Ekweremadu said human trafficking and prostitution remained grievous crimes against humanity and debased those who indulged in them.
He however stressed the need to find effective means of tracking and monitoring the activities of prostitutes and their sponsors in the country, with a view to curbing the menace.
Ekweremadu, who advised the students to shun all acts of immorality and be wary of human traffickers who lure young women into their early graves, lamented that in the course of prostitution, people get kidnapped, murdered and suffer all kinds of humiliation.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of Baze University, Michael Hodd, told the Deputy Senate President that the University was in Nigeria to cut down the number of Nigerian youths who travel overseas to seek quality education.