A senator, Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central), has blamed colonialists for hatred among Nigerians as well as insurgency in the country.
Mrs Tinubu said this on Thursday while contributing to a motion to celebrate the 2018 Children’s Day by Binta Garba (APC, Adamawa) and eight other senators.
Mrs Garba had recognised the importance of developing the Nigerian child through the passage of laws such as:
“The Child Rights Act, 2003, which defines a new child protective system and allows opportunities for the participation of children in matters that concern their rights and welfare which had been adopted and is being implemented in 23 states including the Federal Capital territory, and
“The Universal Basic Education Act, 2004 which makes the education of the Nigerian Child compulsory, and enforceable rights with penalties for parents and guardians who fail or neglect these obligations.”
She also stressed that a proper system of education and good health care are indispensable towards making the Nigerian child relevant in the global scheme of things.
Mrs Garba also decried the high rate of infant mortality in Nigeria which has risen to one million deaths per annum as a result of poor nutrition and poor medical facility.
Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central), who first contributed to the motion, had tackled his female colleagues as he asked them to take victims of insurgency very serious.
He argued that the female lawmakers and Nigerians have been quiet to the cries of the victims of insurgency in the north and other parts of the country but were quick to protest Senator Ahmed Yerima’s marriage to a 13-year old girl.
He accused the female lawmakers of being selective with the children they care for as he urged them to help women and children in Zamfara State.
Reacting to Mr Marafa’s comment, Mrs Tinubu claimed that the killings, rape and kidnappings in the country were beyond the government.
She called on Nigerians to look out for each other.
“I have worked with children and women all my life but what is going on in this nation is beyond what the government can shoulder. I’m calling on all Nigerians to rise up to be our brother’s keepers.
“After the funeral in Benue, the vice-president was off to the IDPs camps. Mr President (Saraki) has been to various IDPs camps in the past to give food items – every Nigerian should rise up by whatever means to help.
“There is this little story I tell people. Since the white man came and started giving us individual plates at birthday parties to eat rice, Nigerians have become selfish. I remember when I was growing up when I was having party in our community, not SP (Senate President), he is Ajebutter.
“I don’t think SP has ever had birthday parties that they will put the rice in a big tray and put the meat on top. Even if it was handful you take, it was taken in love but it appears that we have forgotten to care for our neighbours.
“What Senator Marafa is saying is a cry for help and I believe that children deserve more,” she said.
The Senate, thereafter, adopted several resolutions, among which was to urge all the senators to pledge support in cash or kind for the vulnerable children and orphans in Zamfara State.