UNICEF: 50% of Nigerian Children Experience Physical Violence

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By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi 

The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office, Abdulai Kaikai, has declared that 50 per cent of children in Nigeria experience physical violence.

 

Kaikai, who made the declaration in Bauchi Thursday at a media briefing to mark the 2017 Children’s Day with the theme: “Child Protection and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Issues and Opportunities,” also 

observed that violence against children is prevalent across the 36 states‎ of Nigeria.

He said: “According to the findings of the 2014 Nigeria violence against children survey conducted by the National Population Commission with the support of the United Centers for Disease Control and UNICEF, approximately six out of every 10 children also experience some form of violence.”

According to him, “One in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence as well as one in six and one in five boys experience emotional violence by a parent, caregiver or adult relative,” he added.

Kaikai called on all stakeholders in the country to take action to end violence against children in Nigeria.

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