UNICEF tasks Nigerian authorities to end violence against children
By Mohammad Ibrahim
(Kaduna) United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF call on authorities, parents and other stakeholders to find a way to end violence against children in Nigeria.
According to the agency, every child below the age of 18 suffer one form of violence or the other in the country.
UNICEF spokesman in Kaduna North-West Nigeria, Malam Rabiu Musa also said one out of every eight girls suffer sexual violence. He was speaking at the 2016 National Children's Day Celebration organized by the National Teachers Institute (NTI) Kaduna, with the theme: 'We say no to ritual killings and child abduction, enough is enough'. Rabiu said " one out of every six girls and one out of every 10 boy in Nigeria suffer physical violence, which means all stakeholders must come together to protect the rights of children to enable them live normal live as children and as adults.
"there is a lot we are doing on ending violence against children. Every child below the age of 18 suffer one form of violence or the other, one out of every eight girls suffer sexual violence, one out of every six girls and one out of every 10 boy in Nigeria suffer physical violence.
"The opportunity is that we have all agreed that lot is happening to children, there must be change in attitude for them to enjoy their rights, grow up and learn in an environment devoid of violence of one form or the other.
"We need to encourage the state governments to domesticate the child right acts to enable children enjoy their full rights," he said. Director General of NTI Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu in his remarks said NTI was motivated to organize the event as part of efforts to improve the welfare of children who are taught by the teachers trained by the institute.
Sharehu, who was represented by Dr Lanre Maja, Dean School of Postgraduate Studies (NTI), urged parents and guardians to protect the right of their children and protect them against ritual killers and abductors.