Posted by News Express | 27 May 2016 | 1,758 times
President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians that he is totally committed to fulfilling the promises of a better Nigeria for all of our people. He stated this in his Children's Day message to the nation.
The President, also, I reaffirms his belief in the right of every Nigerian child to have access to quality and affordable education, as well as healthcare and other basic necessities for a good life, in a peaceful and secure environment.
“The good health and well-being of Nigerian children,” he continues, “ remain a top priority on our agenda for national development and we have demonstrated our strong commitment in this regard with the allocation of N12.6 billion in the 2016 budget for vaccines and programmes to prevent childhood killer diseases such as polio, measles and yellow fever.
“Other measures in the 2016 budget, such as the school feeding programme for children at a cost of N93.1 billion, will ensure that more children go to school and enjoy the fun of learning and growing together with their peers.”
He, also, made reference to one of the rescued Chibok girls, Amina Ali Nkeki; “It is a thing of joy that on this year's Children's Day, we can also celebrate the safe return of one of the Chibok girls, Amina Ali Nkeki and many other abducted women and children who have been freed from the clutches of Boko Haram by our gallant troops.
“I assure all Nigerians and friends of the country, once again, that my administration will not rest on its oars until the ungodly terrorist sect is totally eliminated from our country.
“As peace gradually returns to the insurgency-ravaged North-Eastern States, the Federal Government will continue to work diligently to ensure the rapid and full reintegration and rehabilitation of all internally displaced persons, including orphaned children in the region.”
Buhari, equally, expressed his readiness to sustain and strengthen ongoing actions to protect children more effectively from violence, child-labour, child-trafficking, forced marriages and other related offences; while urging the Nigerian children of the need to imbibe and exhibit in greater measure, the virtues of hard work, diligence, discipline, honesty, prudence, selflessness and “patriotism which are essential for the actualisation of our vision of a truly great nation.”
•Photo shows President Buhari.
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