Mr Buhari has expressed concern over the increasing cases of violence, child marriage, rape, kidnapping and other challenges affecting children.
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged state governments to domesticate and effectively implement the Child Rights Act 2003 and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) to protect children’s rights.
At the National Children’s Day celebration organised by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Ministry of Women Affairs in Abuja, Mr Buhari expressed concern over the increasing cases of violence, child marriage, rape, kidnapping and other challenges affecting children.
The president, who was represented by the Minister of FCT, Muhammed Bello, said there was a need for stakeholders to support the government to end harmful practices, provide safe spaces and strengthen mechanisms for the protection of children and prosecution of perpetrators.
“I assure you that the government is doing all it can to ensure that these things are curtailed to the barest minimum,” he said.
The president also reiterated his administration’s commitment to protecting the lives of citizens, reviewing policies that would protect children and usher in more development in the country.
The Minister of State for FCT, Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu, who was represented by the secretary, special duties, Hadiza Kabir, urged all to wake up to responsibilities and ensure ill-treatment meted on children was addressed and their potential harnessed.
Similarly, Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, said the 2022 theme for the celebration “Strengthening Supportive Systems for the Protection of the Nigerian Child: A Wake-up Call” was a call to action.
Represented by the director of economic service in the ministry, Idris Mohammed, the minister urged stakeholders to partner government in reversing ugly trends affecting children, which would secure their future.
She added that Nigeria, being a signatory, had ratified many international and regional treaties, charters and conventions such as the Child Rights Act to protect them from violence and abuse.
The minister disclosed that 31 states had domesticated the Child Rights Act 2003, adding that advocacy was ongoing to ensure the remaining states do the same.