CHILDREN’S DAY: Sen Remi Tinubu writes to Parents

May 27th of every year is a day set aside in Nigeria tagged children’s
Day. A day that is observed when we acknowledge and celebrate childhood and
promote awareness about their welfare.

This year’s celebration calls for sober reflection as we witness the return of many
children who are victims of insurgency, abuses, impregnated and now are
refugees in their own country. While we all eagerly await the return of the
Chibok girls abducted over a year ago, we must reflect on the gradually eroding
societal value that calls for the protection of children. 

Celebrations should not be restricted to fun fare but should serve as a wake-up call to parents
and guardians on the need for protective parentage. It becomes important that
we advocate protection for all children while warding off vices. Our children
are our tomorrow, our linear contact, who deserve utmost protection. Today, we
can do much to avert the re-occurrence of such incidence and future tragedies
by warning children against immoral acts. We must guide and guard the heart of
our children with inspiring and motivating words and instructions that would
prepare them ahead of hurdles of life.

It is universally recognised that all children are entitled to protection and
education as enshrined in International Conventions, our own Constitution and the
Child Rights Act passed by the National Assembly and some states of the
federation. Our best efforts at survival and development will amount to nothing
if children are continually abused, as it harms their lives, if such laws are
not enforced.

As a legislator, I shall continue to give full support to issues affecting the
welfare of children, promotion of good healthcare and education, particularly
of the Girl child. I urge all parents to collaborate with the incoming
government by looking after the welfare of children, providing good nutrition
and ensuring that they are well bred with essential virtues that will bring out
the best in them as leaders. This is in the best interest of the society and
nation.

Happy Children’s Day Celebration.


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