From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
The Children’s Day celebration in Ilorin,Kwara state capital turned into a moment of protest and prayers among the few primary and secondary schools that attended the ceremony.
The pupils selected among the 36 schools that attended the ceremony carried series of placards with inscriptions, “free our girls now and alive”, bring back our girls”,our girls are our future”, among others.
Selected students were also asked to pray for divine intervention on Chibok girls as well as restoration of peace in Nigeria.
While delivering President Goodluck Jonathan’s speech at the Ilorin Metropolitan square, the venue of this year Children day, Secretary to the state Government(SSG),Alhaji Isiak Ishola Gold said the love of Children united the tribes of the nation as one.
“The 2014 Children’s Day, which affords me the opportunity to pay tribute to Nigeria’s Children, is particularly a sad day for me because of our daughters and correspondingly your peers who have been abducted by the infamous Boko Haram group since the 14th of April.
“It is really a heartrending moment for me, the entire nation and even the international community because we have tried our best to put in place machinery which will not only enable our children to thrive in a safe creative and productive potentials.
“In spite of all our collective efforts, the children are yet to be found, but I am assuring all Nigerian children that we will not rest till these little ones are re-united with their respective families.”
Earlier, the Speaker, Children parliament, Abdumalik Yusuf in his remark said, since the abduction of over 200 Chibok girls, things are not the same as people don’t know who is the next target.
The Children’s Speaker urged federal government to do something on the issue and Child abuse in the country.