Deji Elumoye in Abuja
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Monday prayed for the release of the Dapchi Secondary School girl, Leah Sharibu, and other children being held in captivity by Boko Haram insurgents.
Saraki, who felicitated with Nigerian children on the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day, also described children as Nigeria’s most cherished treasure.
The Senate President in a message to mark the 2019 Children’s Day, signed by his Media Adviser, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said “we remember Leah Sharibu, and all other young Nigerian children who will be commemorating this symbolic day without their loved ones. We commit them into our prayers, and continue to call for their unequivocal release.”
He urged leaders at all levels to recommit themselves to the continuous empowerment of the Nigerian child.
“Today, our nation celebrates its future — our children; our most important national treasure.
“As we do so, we recommit ourselves to ensuring that all Nigerian children are empowered to aspire to achieve greatness.
Saraki noted that the 8th National Assembly worked assiduously to provide for primary healthcare fund in the budget as well as ensuring that the Child’s Rights Act is domesticated across the states of the federation.
His words: “Over the last four years, the 8th National Assembly has worked fervently towards ensuring the provision of basic primary healthcare and the domestication of the Childs Rights Act in all Nigerian states — so that young Nigerian Children can live healthy, violence-free lives.
“Today, we say to all Nigerian Children: “We stand with you. We are one!” Happy Children’s Day 2019.”