Written by Godfrey AKON

Children’s Day: Buhari advocates end to violence against children

President Muhammadu Buhari, has called on families, security agencies and other stakeholders to rise up and take urgent steps towards stemming the rising wave of violence against children.

Buhari, who stated this in his message on the 2018 children day, re-affirmed his administration’s commitment to the protection of children, stressing that “we must ensure safety of our children in homes, schools, markets, worship centres, on the streets and everywhere at all times.”

The president said “May I therefore call on the families, security agencies, traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society organizations, human rights activists, and the Society at large to rise up and take urgent and decisive actions to stem the unacceptable rising cases of violence against our children.”          

He appealed to parents not to relent in their efforts to send their wards to school, especially the girl child as her education reduces infant and maternal mortality and prevents early and child marriages.

“Today affords me another opportunity to re-affirm our Administration’s commitment to the protection of children, a day to reflect on our roles and responsibilities as Parents and Leaders towards our children, and also assessing how far we have fared in this regard,” he said.

While expressing commitment to the school feeding programme implemented by his administration, the President disclosed that “At the last count, over 8.2 million children in 24 states of the Federation are being given free meals daily. This happens in 45,000 schools round the country.”

He called on all stakeholders to support this programme to ensure that all the 36 States of the Federation and FCT are covered as it will substantially promote higher enrolment levels in schools.

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