Children all over Nigeria are being celebrated today, to commemorate the International Children’s Day.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for collective responsibility in the protection of children.
Speaking on the back of the insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria, UNICEF representative in the country, Jean Gough, says the fear of abduction would erode all the gains made in girls’ education.
She urged everyone to work together to ensure that all children, no matter where they reside, are protected so they can grow into productive adults who will contribute to the country’s future development.
The usual celebrations would be low key in many parts of the country especially in the North East in solidarity with the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped from Borno State in April.
Children’s Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an “appropriate” day.
The officially recognized date of Children’s Day varies from country to country.