Everyday young people are exposed to sexual stimuli from magazines, novels, music, television and pornographic films. The influence of “Western Culture” on the youths has done more harm than good. The implications of such exposure are the high incidence of pre-marital sexual activities among the youths as is often reported in the media. More over, that these encounters are unplanned and no precaution taken is obvious from the increasing cases of unwanted pregnancies, induced abortion and cases of sexually transmitted disease (STD)
Basically, the issue of indiscriminate sexual behaviour among the youths in the society has become the major part of a threat to the entire human existence against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In deed, no disease in human history has threatened mankind as the menace of HIV/AIDS. Today, the disease poses the greatest medical challenge to both scientists and researchers. For this reason, the unbridled sexual behaviour of people has come under close scrutiny in an attempt to control the spread of the disease.
Morality appears to have been undermined, especially among youths in the future hope of the nation, the light of tomorrow and the future leaders of this great country, much is expected from them for the survival and sustenance of this country.
Further more, that our universities produced most of the best graduates in character and learning in our society in time past is no issue for debate anywhere, but can this still be said today of our universities? Your answer is as good as mine. This is a very big and serious challenge that is still plaguing the universities and even other higher institutions of learning in the country. Guess what? Our universities, which are meant to be centers of excellence and the inculcation of good morals and other virtues, have become a haven of immorality. This downturn calls for immediate and serious national attention by the appropriate authorities. In most cases, scandalous dress sense of female students is meant to entice and seduce their male colleagues and even the lecturers.
Another form of sexual behaviour, which is really extreme of human degradation that has invaded our society at large, is the issue of commercial sex also known as prostitution; it is increasingly becoming a way of life among our youths. Many of the female youths do not see anything wrong in having sex with men they hardly know and receiving monetary or material reward from them. Likewise, the males (gigolos) date older women for material gains. The issues of love, care, intimacy and commitment as well as emphasis on personal responsibility are no longer considered vital in most relationships. The slogan; “money for hand, back for ground” encapsulates the degree of moral decadence among the youths.
Not withstanding, the observation that increased unwanted or unplanned pregnancies, abortions and sexually transmitted disease (STD) among the youths has presented evidence of high level of promiscuity among them (youths), not much has been done to arrest this ugly situation. With this high rate of sexual immorality among the youths, the economic and social-cultural life and the future our society is seriously threatened; especially against the backdrop of deadly sexually transmitted disease.
The possible recommendation is the need for us as a people to go back to the traditional altruistic system of our cultural values and what it teaches, so that in our quest for modernity, our cultural values may not be completely lost.
Also, there is a greater need for a more serious moral and sex education to be taught at homes and schools, especially in the secondary schools. Churches and mosques should lay more emphasis on moral preaching and teaching, so as to educate the youths on the consequences of immoral sexual activity
However, it should be noted that a greater percentage of male female youths engage in indiscriminate sexual behaviour in an effort to meet their personal needs. The government should try to address the socio-economic problems of the country by creating employment opportunities and making other basic necessities of life available, affordable and accessible to the people.
Finally, the government should monitor the nature and the kind of information, and cultural values that are being aired on television and radio stations, especially in the area of pornography (blue films) and magazines that are being imported into the country.
With all these in place, indiscriminate sexual behaviour among the youths may be reduced, if not eradicated, to a tolerable level.