On the turbulent issue concerning forced marriages and child abduction that has been causing ripples across the country, President Buhari Yesterday bared his mind that he does not support such acts. According to him, every child has the right of education. He promised to decisively deal with such cases.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday at the 2016 National Children’s Day Celebration, Buhari reiterated that these challenges are caused by the total breakdown of societal values and the current unrestricted social media vices, which therefore, calls for an urgent need for all stakeholders to put all hands on deck in making conscious efforts at raising awareness of parents, family and communities at all levels on the critical role of protecting children against all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation including abduction of children, forced and early marriage.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration , FCTA, Mallam Muhammad Bello who represented President Buhari yesterday on the occasion said, “No Nigerian should be put through the brutality of abduction, violence in whatever form or forced marriage. Every girl has a right to education and their choice of life.”
Also that government at all levels is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of every Nigerian citizen including children, which is its responsibility as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Child Rights Act, 2007. The theme of this year’s Children’s Day Celebration was “Protecting the Right of the Child in the face of Violence and Insecurity: End Child Marriage.”
Mallam Bello noted that violence against children comes in so many forms and these acts causes a lot of physical and emotional harm that affects the growth and development of the child. Therefore, he went further to charge the ministry of women affairs and social development to coordinate with other agencies to work out appropriate programmes including actions and measures that would help in fighting the blight of Child Abuse, Child Abduction, Child Labour and Child Trafficking, among others .