Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on Nigerians to stop Child Abuse and other forms of violence against children.
Governor Ahmed in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba in commemoration of the 2016 Children’s Day, noted that a society that subjects its youngsters to abuse is in jeopardy.
Dr Ahmed, who noted that the theme of this year’s event, “Protect the Right of Children in the Face of Violence and Insecurity: End Child Marriage”, was apt, called for more commitment by various stakeholders for proper upbringing of children and, especially in the areas of values of respect for self-discipline and dignity.
According to Dr Ahmed, the society must ensure that the Nigerian Child, especially the girl child, lives in a peaceful atmosphere that is conducive for growth and well-being rather than the present state of insecurity in the country.
Gov. Ahmed, who admonished the Nigerian child to strive for excellence, urged parents to instill religion and moral discipline in their wards so that they could be better members of the society.
Governor Ahmed assured Children in Kwara State that his administration remained committed to their welfare through children friendly policies and programmes, in spite of the prevalent economic challenges.
“Today, and, indeed, the future belong to the youths”, the governor said.