A Civil Society Organization [CSO] Jose Foundation Organization has launched a massive attack against Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Nigeria.
To that end, the CSO has petitioned the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the National Assembly in general and The Senate in particular.
The petition titled “Unabated Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Nigeria” reads in full:
In 2003, Nigeria adopted the Child Rights Act to domesticate the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Although, the Children’s Rights Act 2003 (CRA) was intended to serve as a legal documentation and protection of Children rights and responsibilities in Nigeria.
Sadly, 15 years after, the Nigerian child is being raped, abused and exploited on a daily basis. It is so alarming that the Nigerian child has become an endangered species and regrettably, many of the abusers are getting away with it.
Unfortunately, sacred places as religious homes are increasingly becoming centres for child sexual exploitations in Nigeria. Some of the abusers of children are sometimes members of the families of the victims, a violation that is well organised and silencing the victims from talking.
The horrifying acts of child sexual exploitation and abuses on innocent children who are the bedrock of tomorrow’s Nigeria cannot go on without a punitive response by the Leadership of this country.
Mr President and the Leadership of the National Assembly, it’s a shame on us as a nation if nothing is done drastically to address the prevalent and flagrant abuse of minors in our country. We cannot allow the silent war on our future generation continued unchecked.
We will do all that is necessary to get you to hear us, and make the changes needed, across every area of our society that plays a part in protecting children.
How can the government know about the horror of the abuse that is carried out across the country, and do nothing to stop it?
If every member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and Members of the National Assembly is not calling for action here, the children in Nigeria will one day say “Our Leaders let us down”.
As a start, we need to see the government implement all recommendations that come out of any inquiry, government sanctioned seminar, workshop and other empirical findings on ways to addressing the challenges of child sexual exploitation and other forms of child abuses in the country and prosecute all child rights violators and children abusers as well.
Not delivering justice to these victims of abuses and protecting the children any form of attacks will mean also that our Leaders are not performing the Constitutional role of protecting the citizens of this country.
Show Nigeria and the world that we will no longer stand by and let children be abused in this way. This is our petition! [END].
The organization, Jose Foundation said its ambition is to help eradicate poverty and child sexual exploitation.
Founded in Abuja Nigeria in 2003 by Prince Dr Martins Abhulimhen and guided by the principles of excellence, pioneering and generosity true to its founder, Jose Foundation strives to foster positive change and enable people to live a meaningful and fulfilling life in a more equitable and safer environment.
The Foundation stated that it shapes and implements a needs-based and result-oriented philanthropic strategy that aims to build the capacities and strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable groups, children and women in particular.
It also claims to support innovative, impactful and lasting initiatives in low-income countries that promote women’s economic and social development, that provide access to basic services, that engage with communities to encourage the responsible management of natural resources and that deliver humanitarian assistance to children and their families when natural disasters strike.
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