Her action was in response to an open letter from the Womanifesto, a group of more than 500 women’s rights activists, practitioners, professionals, and NGOs.
They slammed her for such statement and demanded a public apology and retraction else they “will spare no efforts in taking further action that may affect your (Minister’s) position”.
Responding to the letter on Sunday, the Minister reiterated her commitment to justice.
Kennedy-Ohanenye said, “I wish to express my sincere apologies to those who were offended by my comments and actions regarding the sexual harassment scandal at the University of Calabar. This is extremely regrettable as my intentions were sincere and aligned with my consistent advocacy for the welfare of Nigerian women and the pursuit of justice.
“I stand for all Nigerian women and I stand for justice; and it is my hope that we can work together to actualise the dream of a country where women’s rights are respected and protected, and where our daughters feel safe in institutions of learning.”
WAKADAILY had reported on Monday, 14 August that several female students of the University staged a protest in the institutions, accusing Dean of Faculty of Law, of frequently harassing and sexually assaulting them, however Cyril Ndifon claimed the placards had sole handwriting.
Reacting to the UNICAL sex scandal, the Minister in a video on Thursday, said those who lie during the ongoing investigation of the alleged sexual assault at the University of Calabar, are prosecuted and jailed.