n the midst of Nigeria’s numerous difficulties, particularly those related to insecurity, it is critical to delve deeply into key causal variables in order to arrive at a holistic diagnosis, which is required before any meaningful solution can be prescribed.
According to statistics provided by World Prison Brief in July 2021, there are 68,556 convicts detained in Nigerian Correctional Service (Prisons) Institutions. Only 1.9 percent of the population is female, leaving 98.1 percent male. This indicates that male Nigerians are more likely than female Nigerians to engage in criminal activity or be accused of doing so.
Terrorism, drug misuse, and other criminal operations that continually endanger the security of people and property in Nigeria are mostly male-dominated, according to a multitude of evidence.
In a recent post I read online about adolescent issues, a teenage kid reported that when in Junior Secondary School, he was approached by cultists among his peers. They invited him to join their sect, and he accepted. When I asked him what they said to him specifically in an attempt to woo him, he said they promised him that if he joined them, no one would look for his trouble any longer. As amusing as this may appear, such phrases have been used to entice several young boys into deadly gangs, putting their lives, as well as the lives of their family members, friends, and neighbours, in great danger. This is one of the negative consequences of allowing males to grow up on their own without concerted efforts and attention targeted at guaranteeing their overall well-being through suitable direction.
According to Nigerian law, rape allegations were only made by women until 2015. This indicates that a boy or man could not be raped under the law’s rules. Only women could be raped because rape was explicitly defined as the penetration of the vaginal canal. The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of 2015, on the other hand, broadened the definition of rape to include some sexual acts against males. Only Abuja is affected by the VAPP Act. Although some states have domesticated this rule, many more have not, and as a result, boys and men in those jurisdictions cannot complain of being raped. To say the least, the consequences of this type of negligence are disastrous.
Concerning the engagement of more men than women in vices, there are more questions than answers. It might be argued that the male population’s physical strength makes it simpler for more boys and men to engage in criminal activity and violence. Regardless, male involvement and dominance in criminal endeavors are largely due to a lack of deliberate attention and the effects of cultural forces.
It is much easier to find government and non-profit groups dedicated purely to the advancement of female interests than it is to find organizations dedicated solely to the advancement of male concerns.
The necessity to change from archaic patriarchal social settings to guaranteeing social balance between men and women has, understandably, led to the ongoing construction of institutions to promote equal rights and benefits, devoid of gender supremacy. With the passing of time and the admirable attainment of goals set along this line, it is now time to strike a balance. This is because the short- and long-term consequences of ignoring guys in the process of elevating girls are obvious.
Regardless of the importance and benefits of everything that is done around the world to advance the cause of the girl child, leaving boys to their fate will render such efforts ineffective. It is worthy of note that girls do not live in a world where everything is for them. They return to societies once their well-being has been taken care of, where they live alongside male who were not catered for when they were boys.
The male child today requires the same level of attention as the girl youngster. Aside from the advantages of giving such care to the boy child, efforts aimed towards the girl child’s well-being would no longer be counterproductive if the same focus was given to boys as well.
Governmental and nonprofit institutions should be established to cater solely to the needs of boys. This would result in a society with fewer males engaging in vices in the long run.
Men should also mentor young males in their lives, assisting them to avoid typical blunders caused by a lack of guidance or forethought. Beyond the establishment of boy-oriented clubs, groups, and organizations, one-on-one mentoring would help to achieve the goal of assuring the overall well-being of as many boys as possible.
The family must also be given its proper place as a critical platform for social change. Boys from their homes should be given special care with the goal of making them valuable to themselves and society at large.
A change in a nation such as ours is in different facet and it is imperative to know that gradual transformation will occur in Nigeria if proper attention, education and guidance is equally given to children regardless of their sex. This would ensure a better future for not just the family but, for the society cum nation at large.