As Nigeria commemorates the Presidential Year of Action to End Violence against Children, VAC, in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has launched
End Violence against Children Campaign in the country as Nigeria becomes a pathfinder nation to champion the course globally.
Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir David Lawal represented President Buhari in Abuja at the Presidential Villa formally performed the unveiling ceremony of End Violence against Children Campaign by 2030 and the National Sustainable Development Goals Campaign to End Violence against Children.
Buhari who said that the campaign to End VAC was launched last year to charge every Nigerian to protect children from violence stressed that the VAC survey conducted by the National Population Commission, NPop C in 2014 revealed that millions of Nigerian children were suffering physical, sexual and emotional violence with a majority in silence, adding that this indicates that,’’ our children urgently needed our protection and support.’’
He said, ‘’ one year of action has created a wonderful momentum to end violence against children. This initiative must be sustained because we have clear moral, legal and economic imperatives to end the suffering of children who live under the shadow of violence, as he noted that the Sustainable Development Goals’ is a call on all countries globally to end all forms of violence against children by 2030.
Nigeria is the first African country and the 8th in the world to publish a National survey on Violence against Children and now a committed pathfinder country for the new Global Partnership to End Violence against children.
The president further urged Nigerians to join hands to lift the veil of silence and to support children to speak out about what is happening to them and to protect them from violence.
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan said that the presidential launch of the year of action in September 2015 was to place violence against children on the agenda of government as well as create awareness on the silent sufferings of Nigerian children.
Alhassan said, ‘’ in protecting Nigerian children and ending violence against them , let me re-emphasise government’s strong commitment to ensuring adequate protection of Nigerian children from all forms of violence.’’
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Ms. Phyllis Nwokedi in her welcome address noted that the commemoration of the VAC action year is aimed to take stock of achievements in addressing issues on violence against children and to re-strategise for the wellbeing of the Nigerian children, disclosed that the ministry has taken steps to ensure the rights of children to adequate protection from violence and to end violence against children by 2030.
Chairman of the National Population Commission, NPop C, Eze Duruiheoma speaking on evaluation of set actions to child violence noted that 6 out of 10 children in the country experienced some form of violence and half of children experience physical violence, adding that One in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence and one in 6 girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence.
Duruiheoma who said that Violence has a serious impact on children’s’ physical and mental health, pointed that the VAC survey has implications for preventing violence in Nigeria as well as ensuring that abused children have access to professional service providers.
Executive Director of United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Dr. Anthony Lake said that child violence is a global endemic against children around the world.
Lake said , ‘’ around the world , almost one billion girls and boys have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence this year alone in places like communities, schools and homes.’’
Every child has the right to a childhood free from violence, to grow up protected, cherished and loved commended Nigeria’s leadership role as a pathfinder nation in ending child violence in the world.

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