By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
The Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has felicitated with children across the country and stated that their safety was non- negotiable.
In his goodwill message to commemorate the 2018 Children Day, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki noted that the Children Day gives the country an opportunity to celebrate the young ones and to fully consider the important place they occupy in the heart of the nation.
He insisted that no Nigerian child should go to bed hungry, just as due attention must be paid to their health as part of the vision to make the country stronger.
Saraki said “This is also a day to rededicate ourselves to the cause of children. It is a day to recommit ourselves to doing all in our power to ensure that children are protected and empowered to aspire to be great in life, and to remove all impediments in their way.
“Children are the leaders of tomorrow, our hope for the future. They are the ones we are depending on to take Nigeria to greater heights in the future. We must therefore ensure their health and well-being through the laws we make and the policies we set.”
He urged all relevant authorities not to relent in the efforts to see that Leah Sharibu and all who are held captive are returned safe and unharmed. We must intensify efforts for the release of our Children, even as we felicitate with the families of all who have been released,” he said.
He noted that the issues of violence against children, child molestation, child labour and other evils committed against children – remain a grave concern.