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I celebrate Nigerian children as current insecurity is more traumatising for them

By Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe

As we mark this year’s Children’s Day to honour every child, our thoughts and prayers must be spared for some of our children who are victims of various forms of abuse, including neglect, trafficking, kidnapping, child labour, girl-child marriage, malnourishment, and unmet healthcare and educational needs.

These challenges are even more pronounced in Nigeria where there are 13 million out of school children, more than whole populations of many nations.

As I offer myself to the service of our dear state, I continue to give primacy to children’s education, welfare and healthcare needs.

These are fully reflected in our manifesto where we have laid out plans for the education, health and welfare of the child to be front and centre in our governance modalities.

The air of insecurity in and around Nigeria troubles everyone and for sure would be even more traumatising for our children.

For their sakes, we need to work hard to restore peace to our land. May we never lose focus of the truth in the saying that “we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

Let us all commit, on this day, to working doubly hard to bequeath a cleaner and greener and better environment to our children.

As a mother, my fervent prayer and wish for every Nigerian child, and indeed children all over the world is joy, safety, good health, success and all round excellence.

A blessed children’s day to all our children. May we not fail them.

May we bequeath to them and future generations, a better legacy than that which was left us. In all that we do, may we always remember, that the struggle after all, is about them!

Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe

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