Actress, producer, Stephanie Linus-Okereke has reacted to the story and predicament of freed, 14-year-old pregnant Ese Oruru, who just returned to Bayelsa State from Kano, where she was taken for forced marriage. The producer and star of Dry took to her Twitter page to discuss the issue.
“I’ve been keenly following #EseOruru’s story on the news for some time now and the turn of events is really shocking, I must say! Different versions of her story keep creeping up in the news. It’s hard to know what to believe anymore. #EseOruru.
What I find most appalling is some people are blaming her for her predicament. Blaming a 14 year-old girl! For what! She is still a child!! It’s even more sad that there are still lots of girls taken from their parents care across the country and sexually abused everyday!
Kudos to PUNCH for bringing Ese’s story to the fore. There are many more Ese’s out there who have been turned to sex slaves as young girls. If we must learn anything from Ese’s story, it is that we must put more efforts into protecting the girl child. #EseOruru.
Ese is just a child. The conditions under which she was abducted or left her parent’s home is not the issue. She is a minor who was abused. Now she is bearing a child and her life has taken on a whole new path. #childnotbride.
She needs counselling and our prayers. But most of all, we all have a collective responsibility to ensure this doesn’t repeat itself again. My prayers go out to Ese and her family I pray they find the strength to recover from this shocking experience #EseOruru #GirlChildEducation.
I also pray for the young girls who were kidnapped from a secondary school in Lagos. May they be found safely & reunited with their families,” she said.