President Buhari assures children of better nation

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

President Muhamadu Buhari has reassured Nigerian children and youths that his government remains fully committed to fulfilling its promise of a better Nigeria for all.

The president stated this in the massage to mark the 2016 Children’s Day on Friday May 27.

He assured that, “We will also sustain and strengthen ongoing actions to protect children more effectively from violence, child-labour, child-trafficking, forced marriages and other related offences.”

Imbibing good virtues
He urged them 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 government’s vision of a truly great nation.

 The Nigerian leader promised the children and Youth; “On this happy occasion for our children, I reaffirm my belief that it is 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 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.”

The President also took time to explain to the children and youths what the future holds for them.

“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. Despite the current economic and funding challenges facing our dear nation, my administration will continue to do all within its powers to achieve better living conditions and greater access to quality healthcare and education for all our youth,” he stated.

He took time to express his happiness over one of the Chibok school girls rescued by security operatives.

“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.”

He promised that as peace was returning to the insurgency-ravaged North-eastern States, the Nigerian government would continue to work diligently to ensure the rapid and full reintegration and rehabilitation of all internally displaced persons, including orphaned children in the region.

He emphasised that children and youths have a very significant role to play in ensuring that Nigeria’s democratic institutions of governance were continuously nurtured, improved and strengthened to underpin national development and prosperity.

“Remain assured that under my leadership, the federal government will continue to do its best to prepare and equip you to show the world that with its brilliant, resourceful and resilient people. Nigeria is a country of incredible potential and opportunity.”

The president wished them a happy children’s day celebration.