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Children's Day: Buhari vows to end underage girl-child marriages

President Muhammadu Buhari has recommitted his administration to providing safer environment for girl-child education, ending child marriages and encouraging all children to enrol in schools through the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

He restated these commitments in a message to mark this year’s Children’s Day, in which he enjoined leaders at all levels to join hands in stemming violence against children.

Buhari said: “Today affords me another opportunity to re-affirm our administration’s commitment to the protection of children, a day to reflect on our roles and responsibilities as parents and leaders towards our children, and also assessing how far we have fared in this regard.

“As you may recall, one of the cardinal objectives of this administration is the provision of quality education to our children as a fundamental foundation of economic and social development. In this regard, I am pleased to inform you that this administration has recorded measurable success in the Home Grown School Feeding Programme as it has continued to expand.

“Our children are our future, and the initiatives that come from them give confidence that our country has a bright future.

“I am always inspired and encouraged when I remember encounters I had with three of our young ones. When I was on medical vacation in 2017, three year-old Maya Jammal recorded a prayer for my recovery, which went viral online.

“Also, 10 year-old Aisha Aliyu Gebbi wrote a personal letter to me, describing herself as my ‘biggest fan’. Nicole Benson, then 12 years old, had contributed the sum of N5,700.85 to my campaign in 2015. The money was all saved up from her lunch and pocket allowance. There are millions of such children nationwide,” he said.

“I am very impressed by what our children have been able to do, and what the future holds for them. That is one reason why we are committed to the school feeding programme, to prepare a future generation of physically and intellectually robust children. At the last count, over 8.2 million children in 24 states of the Federation are being given free meals daily. This happens in 45,000 schools round the country.

“I therefore call on all stakeholders to support this programme to ensure that all the 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are covered. This will promote substantially higher enrolment levels in our schools.

“Since its inception in May 2015, this administration has also focused attention on addressing issues of child protection, participation and survival. In 2015, the campaign to end violence against children was launched which was commemorated in 2016,” he said.

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