A legal practitioner from Lagos, Mr Clement Udegbe, wrote an article about p****graphy and its influence on Nigerians. He fears that Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Kaduna could become the hot centres of p****graphy in Nigeria.
The author acknowledges that p****graphy can be found on the streets, magazines, advertisements, movies, televisions, video games, smart phones, mobile devices, and on-line photo sharing services, in living rooms, hotels, and cyber cafes. But at the same time, religion pulpits avoid it for fear of offending membership, and the world is awash with it.
He stated that p****graphy is sensitive, acknowledged by all, but denied by most while it continues to kill. And he asks a question, “Shall we accept that it is a harmless habit?”
He provides some statistics:
- commercialized p****graphy accounts for a nearly $100 billion worldwide industry for the production of various media and associated products and services;
- this industry employs thousands of performers along with support and production staff;
- over 30,000 persons view P0*nographic websites every second;
- internet users send over 1.7 million P0*nographic mails every minute;
- nearly two hard-core P0*nographic videos are released in the USA alone every hour;
- over two million P0*nographic movies are rented there every day;
- nine out of 10 young men, and three out of 10 young women view p****graphy there too.
He pities that there “no records about p****graphy in Nigeria yet,” but he is sure that “going by way we follow the American life style, our figures may be close to those of the USA.”
He imagines that Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Kaduna could become the hot centres of p****graphy in Nigeria. “Some say there are unclad night clubs or centres now in Owerri too,” he wrote.
He provides information about negative effects of p****graphy:
- potential influences on r*pe, domestic violence, s*xual dysfunction, difficulties with s*xual relationships, and child s*xual abuse;
- viewing extreme P0*nographic images may impact s*xual response, in some cases leading to erectile dysfunction;
- viewers may also become addicted to p****graphy;
- viewing of P0*nographic material may increase rates of s*xual crimes;
- liberalisation of P0*n in society may be associated with increased r*pe and s*xual violence rates;
- some highly addictive viewers of P0*n may start use drugs, especially cocaine;
- most of the young ones who are hooked to internet p****graphy become secretive and deceitful, and not surprisingly, many of them suffer from feelings of isolation, shame, anxiety, depression, and anger.
Moreover, it also damages marriages and families by undermining marital trust, intimacy and love. It also promotes selfishness, emotional aloofness and dissatisfaction with one’s mate, thereby fuelling unhealthy fantasies and cravings which tempt users to force objectionable s*x practices on their mates. p****graphy promotes emotional and physical infidelity, causing mates to deal treacherously which devastate marriages, leading to separation, and divorce, which in turn harm the children of the marriage.
p****graphy can harm children more directly. Studies also show that adolescents in p****graphy become sexually active at young ages, promiscuous, sexually violent, and emotionally, and psychologically unstable. p****graphy poisons loving relationship and ultimately brings heart ache and pain. It is the devil’s food for the perishing soul, and demon possession becomes easy, targeting the joy and peace of an otherwise good person. p****graphy has been convincingly linked to hordes of demon possession and activities. Help can best come from spiritual deliverance and good counseling by experts.
Child p****graphy is illegal in almost all countries, and some countries have restrictions on p****graphy depicting violence such as r*pe, r*pe p****graphy or p****graphy depicting s*x of a human with an animal, or both, called zoophile.
The legal position on these in Nigeria is not clear yet, while promoters of p****graphy continue to erode the future of our adolescents, with their questionable and nefarious trade.
Nigerian school children who received laptops recently from a U.S. aid organisation have been reported to have used them to explore P0*nographic sites on the Internet. Also efforts to promote learning with laptops in a primary school in Abuja have gone awry, as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit s*xual materials. Our law makers must come now to the rescue of our teeming adolescents through restrictive laws on all forms of p****graphy.