Majority of rapists are Christians or Muslims


By Ekaete Bassey

Afrobeat singer Seun Kuti has blamed organised religion for the rape epidemic in Africa, saying women walked around naked for thousands of years before the coming of Christianity and Islam.

The 38-year-old made the point in a social media post on Monday in which he declared that “women weren’t created for men.”

According to the youngest son of famous Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, 95 percent of rapists are either Christians or Muslims.

He added as long as people still respect institutions and ideologies that encourage and strengthen the rape culture, women will never be safe.

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The Afrobeat singer, who leads his father’s former band “Egypt 80”, stated this on his Facebook and Instagram pages respectively.

He wrote: “Women weren’t created for men. Women weren’t created at all, for men. That lie must be erased from ur head. It’s not a coincidence that 95 percent of all rapists are both Christians and Muslims. African women walked around practically naked for 1000s of years so what women wear isn’t an excuse neither.

“How about the damage the Catholic church is doing to our boys and sharia courts sentencing women who defend themselves from rape to death!! We must fight rape culture. I keep telling you guys, as long as u still respect institutions and ideologies that strengthen rape culture, our women will never be safe.”

Kuti spoke two weeks after actor and comedian Olanrewaju Omiyinka James aka Baba Ijesha was arrested for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl.

It also coincides with the rape and killing of Iniobong Umoren, a philosophy graduate of the University of Uyo, who supposedly left for a job interview in the outskirt of Uyo and ended up being raped and killed by a man who said he had a job opportunity for her.

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