UNICEF tasks Nigeria on protection of Children

To commemorate this year’s Universal Children’s Day, Unicef is asking Nigerian government to do more to protect children especially those in the northeast of the country from violation.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a statement said the world must, to commemorate children’s day ,“confront the uncomfortable truth that around the world, the rights of millions of children are being violated every day.’’

Citing the situation in northeast of Nigeria, Mr Lake said “they’re being violated in northeastern Nigeria, where children – especially girls – are threatened by extremists who take away their very childhoods.’’

Moving on to other regions of the world, he said children are “being violated in eastern Aleppo and other besieged areas across Syria, …in Yemen, where children are dying because we cannot reach thousands of them with therapeutic foods to treat acute malnutrition;….in South Sudan, where millions of children are facing a severe nutrition crisis and the country faces the prospect of widespread atrocities.”

He then called on world leaders to do more to protect the rights of children. According to him “when we protect their rights, we are not only preventing their suffering. We are not only safeguarding their lives. We are protecting our common future’’.

Universal Children’s Day is marked globally on November 20, to commemorate the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Rafat Salami