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Is Mrs Ufot Ekaette Chasing Shadows?

Sari-wearing women may face jail in Nigeria

Wednesday, 06 August , 2008, 12:39

Johannesburg: Indian women in their traditional saris with midriffs showing may find themselves falling foul of Nigerian law if a bill currently under discussion in that country is passed.

Tourists in towelling wraps and Nigerian women in traditional dress with their stomachs exposed could also find themselves behind bars for three months or subjected to fines of $100, according to the Media24 News Service here.

While women's rights groups have come out strongly against the proposed law, Muslim leaders are supporting the bill, proposed by Senator Eme Ufot Ekaette, who felt that Unclothedness was driving men to engage in corruption and steal from the state in Nigeria.

"Unclothedness leads to corruption," Ishaq Akintola of the Muslim Rights Watch, a strong supporter of Akaette's proposal, told Media 24.

"Nigerians are fighting corruption, through which many of our leaders, mostly men, have stolen fortunes for their personal use. They build colossal homes in London, Rome and New York because they have to spend money on women and have to hide them in these big homes."

Akintola said scantily dressed women were luring men. "They are being misled every time by a Unclad woman."

Women's rights groups have called the proposed law "laughable", but are concerned that the House of Representatives in the capital Abuja may push it through, since the assembly has already considered it twice.

Onyinyechi Okechukwu of Alliances for Africa, a women's rights group, said the law would result in girls as young as 14 sitting behind bars in a country where police are reported to maltreat women regularly. The law would also be open to abuse because the police would have the discretion to seek out offenders on the streets, with the test being whether a woman's body was exposed lower than two inches above the neck or more than two inches above the knee.

"The police will have to carry tape measures around. How will a policeman know that my dress is two inches below my neck if he doesn't touch me? I'll slap him!" Okechukwu said, adding that it was unfair that men may freely walk around Coverless, while "it is certainly a turn-on for some women."

The Nigerian Feminist Forum said in a statement that more pressing issues in the country, such as female circumcision, the high infant mortality rate and molest of babies should get priority from the authorities.

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It depends on whether she planned to be a heroine or infamous. The latter might be the case.

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not only chasing shadows, she is chasing sawdust too!

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I think they should just pass the law that all women in Nigeria must wear[i] Iro and Buba[/i] and a prescribed colour

Anybody caught not wearing to be sentenced to death, maybe that would work.

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Well.

She is now infamous not the hero, she tot she'd be

She is unloved and even hated, far from her love expectation

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This is very funny, i can't just help but laugh.

How could you make such a law.

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This woman put herself in trouble for nothing.

Those that brought her the bill to sponsor

are no where near the heat.

She was seriously myopic, thinking she could be some sorta hero.

Even her Daughters-in-law chide her at home, telling her to cover up

when she is even about to sleep.

This is just a sad thing

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Yes; It's constitutional but because of bureaucracy in Naija, people rarely exercise that right. Why should we have representatives from our constituencies that we cannot interact with?

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Ineptitude in leadership, the quality of our cream. We see them every wednesday beaming at the cameras, meanwhile the whole lot of them are empty barrels looting us silly. Because she has been a benefactor of the corruption that Nigeria is, she wants to have a day of glory to the detriment of the rights of our sister citizens of equal status. The fact that she gained from the dynamics of Nigeria's' lopsided statehood does not give her the prerogative to exhibit her obvious ignorance on a global scale, reducing the image of Nigeria with her crass inexperience in matters of statecraft. And then someone would say we got no issues. . .

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i tire oh!

it seems as if these nigerian legislators are bereft of ideas

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I hope you know you can write such bill yourself and present it to the house either directly or through your constituency? Good bill tho.

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Patricia Ette= problem

Ufot Ekaette= another problem

Can we stop future female Ette's from representing us @ the national level abeg.

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why not pass a bill to raise teachers salaries to at least 80,000 per month or pass a bill that in order to teach our kids in starting from primary school, you should have at least a masters degree in your field with at least a 2 year teaching certificate. Heck while they are at it why not ammend the constitution by removing the immunity clause granted to all govt. officials, instead they are chasing Unclad women, what of the Unclad mad people on our street?

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Nigerians and their silly bills they always try to pass, I mean the same tribe she belongs to has ther women almost Unclad when they dance, these people are expressing their culture, so y prohibit them??

Its high time we started facing the more important issues, these people rnt even from Naija, our own people wer very little when they dance, do I see any bill stopping them?isnt it the same skin they r all showing, most of these women don't even wear i everyday, I think this Ufot woman is just plain DUMB, like wtf??

she is indeed chasing shadows,

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Roflmao; Can somebody forward this to Ekaette please?

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Nigeria's legislative fatwa against inappropriate attire must be extended to all those apprehended wearing traditional Eskimo seal-fur outfits, as well as all women found wearing panties or bras that are not emblazoned with the Nigerian flag and the Abuja coat of arms.

These brazen crimes against fashion must be punished to the full extent of the law, and beyond.

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@topic

She may not be chasing shadows as Nigerian lawmakers like to focus more on irrelivant bills. One thing is sure though, she like many other Nigerians is a clown.

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Sari attire is not our thing in Naija, why waste our time on this bill?

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