Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos StateGov. Akinwunmi Ambode from Lagos state asked Monday for an amendment to the Domestic Violence Protection Act of 2007.
Ambode made the call during a symbolic walk against domestic and sexual violence in Alausa.
"Domestic violence is a crime and should be treated as such, therefore, the Protection of Domestic Violence Act of 2007 should be amended accordingly," he said.
He also recommended a minimum sentence of 25 years for rapists, saying that rape should not be met with a light sentence.
"It is highly recommended, we need new laws that respond appropriately to the nature and occurrences of this era.
Ambode urged the Nigerian Police Force, which was usually the first point of contact, to strive to be more professional and ensure an adequate investigation of the reported cases by preparing the specialist officers in that regard.
"As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now.
"We firmly believe that the actions we take today will be the seeds planted for a brighter future for our women and, in fact, our children.
"We believe that our state can continue to be a pioneer in this agenda and become a point of reference not only in Nigeria, but globally," he said.
The governor said that much progress had been made in protecting the rights of women and girls, and against "oppression of the female gender", much remained to be done.
"We have to ask ourselves the difficult question: for this course we honor today, how can we really make sure that we are speaking?
"In our state, there has been a significant increase in the reporting of formal and informal cases of domestic and sexual violence, but contrary to what it appears to be, this threat is not a recent event.
"These occurrences have existed for years, but they were considered norms because no one opposed them, and such acts were ignored on the basis of mistaken definitions of gender roles.
"What we are addressing today is an almost innate culture that relegates women to the background and forces them to suffer in silence.
"In Lagos, we are fighting a war against this culture and we will do everything in our power to transform our culture into a culture of equality, respect and dignity for all.
"It is a journey of radical transformation, and our government is totally committed to carrying it out," he said.
Ambode said that the State Response Team for Domestic and Sexual Violence had carried out various interventions and initiatives in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.
"Not only do we react to help the survivors, but we also take aggressive measures to prevent future occurrences.
"Our goal is to build a system of trust and responsibility, where the survivors are encouraged to speak and the possible perpetrators who commit future acts are discouraged," he said.
In the charge of Land Use, the governor noted that the state government was still open to dialogue.
"I'm serious when I say I want dialogue, by the end of the week, we should be able to come up with something meaningful to improve the problems that arise," he said.
Previously, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Imohinmi Edgal, described the walk as significant, saying that it would increase people's awareness to be always alert and report cases of domestic and sexual abuse.
Some participants in the walk carried banners with several inscriptions, including "Domestic violence is not a family issue, inform it", "Empowerment of women, gender parity, that's what I defend" and "The state of Lagos says no to the domestic violence. " (YAYA)