THE United Nation Children’s Fund, UNICEF, on Tuesday, October 25, applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for showing love for Nigerian children by launching a campaign to end violence Against Children by 2030.
Buhari at the State House Conference Centre on Tuesday morning, launched an ambitious campaign to end violence against children by 2030.
The president who was represented at the occasion by David Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, said: “I say to children in Nigeria – on this historic day, we make a pledge, we commit to protecting each and every one of you from violence.
“The Year of Action has created a wonderful momentum to end violence against children. We have a clear moral, legal and economic imperative and a global obligation to take action to end the suffering of children who live under the shadow of violence.” he added.
The launch apparently delighted Manuel Fontaine, regional director of the UNICEF’s West and Central Africa, who was quoted in press statement saying that with the campaign, Nigeria has shown it is determined to mobilise political will and resources to tackle all forms of violence against children.
The statement issued by Doune Porter, UNICEF chief communication officer, said millions of children suffer some form of physical, emotional or sexual violence every year in Nigeria.
She said survey carried out last year by the National Population Commission, NPC, with support from the UNICEF and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that approximately six out of 10 Nigerian children experience one of these forms of violence before they reach 18.
“The 2030 End Violence Against Children Campaign, supported by UNICEF and USAID, builds and expands on the success of just-ended Year of Action to End Violence Against Children, launched by the President in September 2015.
“During the Year of Action, the Plateau, Lagos, Cross River, Benue States all heeded the President’s call to launch their own State campaigns; Bayelsa became the 23rd State in Nigeria to domesticate the Child’s Rights Act and nine States joined hands to develop a model child protection system to put the Child’s Rights Act into practice.”
Porter noted that the sustainable development goals, agreed last month by all members of the UN, including Nigeria, included a call on every country in the world to end all forms of violence against children by 2030.
— Oct 25, 2016 @ 17:30 GMT