As part of the Children’s Day Celebration, President Muhammadu Buhari said today that his government was resolute in its commitment and efforts at rescuing all the missing Chibok Girls. He also vowed to crush the Boko Haram terrorists.
He promised he would ensure that no Nigerian child was put through the brutality of abduction, violence in whatever form or forced marriage. He also challenged all stakeholders to rise up and take a decisive action to stem what he termed ‘the unacceptable cases of violence and intimidation against Nigerian children’.
Speaking in Abuja to mark 2016 National Children’s Day Celebration, President Buhari said,
“Challenges posed 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, communities at all levels, on the critical role of protecting the children against all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation including abduction of children, forced and early marriage.
“As I said when I received Amina Ali Nkeki, the rescued Chibok girl, our determination and commitment to the protection of our Children is unshaken, this Government is resolute in our efforts at rescuing all the missing Chibok Girls, the recent rescue of Amina Ali Nkeki and Sarah Luka by our gallant Soldiers and the Civilian JTF is a testimony to our unwavering resolve at defeating Boko Haram terrorists. 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.
Government is committed to promoting and protecting Rights of every citizen including Children. This is because it is our primary responsibility as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Child Rights Act 2007.”
He also promised to provide better living conditions and greater access to health care and education for the youths. He said that the 2016 budget had made provision for N12 billion for vaccines and programmes meant to prevent childhood killer diseases.
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