As Nigeria marks Children’s Day, the President has affirmed his commitment to fulfilling his electoral promises to Nigerians.
The re-assurance is contained in the President’s personal message to Nigerian children on the commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day.
President Muhammadu Buhari said that his administration has already taken some steps toward securing the future of the children, insisting that it is the right of every Nigerian child to have access to quality and affordable education, as well as healthcare and other basic necessities for a good life, in a peaceful and secure environment.
The President noted that it is a thing of joy that on this year’s Children’s Day, the nation can celebrate the safe return of one of the Chibok girls, Amina Ali Nkeki and many other abducted women and children who have been freed from the clutches of Boko Haram.
“We will also sustain and strengthen ongoing actions to protect children more effectively from violence, child-labour, child-trafficking, forced marriages and other related offences.
“In return, I urge you all to imbibe and exhibit in greater measure, the virtues of hard work, diligence, discipline, honesty, prudence, selflessness and patriotism which are essential for the actualisation of our vision of a truly great nation.”
The President says the world now looks up to Nigeria as an exemplary model of democratic ideals after the smooth transition that brought the current administration to power.
Children’s Day is recognized on various dates in many places around the world to honour children globally. In Nigeria the 2016 theme is entitled, “Protect the Rights of the Child In The Face Of Violence and Insecurity: End Child Marriage”