Children’s Day is marked on May 27 every year.
The Speaker, Children’s Parliament, Idara Thompson, has said Nigerian children may boycott this year’s Children’s Day celebration if the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls are not rescued.
He said this in Uyo at the end of the 2014 national and state children’s parliament retreat.
Children’s Day is marked on May 27 every year to highlight the plight of children worldwide.
Mr. Thompson decried the deployment of the nation’s security operatives to protect political office holders, their aides and money bags while the children in schools, churches, mosques, and other public places were left unprotected.
He said the development had strained the security, adding that it had also rendered children more vulnerable to child theft, sexual abuse and forced labour, among others.
“This is the time government must rise up and tell the world that they are capable of protecting children. As children, we need protection against child thieves; sexual abuse from teachers, close relatives and friends to our families. We also need protection against forced labour from other members of the society. We need our voices to be heard. There are certain issues, especially those affecting our lives like health and socioeconomic conditions that we are supposed to be involved in,” he said.
He said it was disheartening that some state governments were yet to sign the Child Rights Bill into law.
“We are happy that Akwa Ibom has done that,” he said.
In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Glory Edet, advised parents and guardians to take necessary measures to outlaw practises that were at variance with basic child rights.
She urged the Federal Government to do everything possible to bring back the abducted girls to their parents.
Ms. Edet decried the violation of children’s rights by some parents, caregivers and teachers.
The commissioner urged relevant agencies to enforce the child rights law in the state.