The Children’s Day celebration in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital was a day of protest and prayers among the few primary and secondary schools that attended the ceremony.
The pupils selected among the 36 schools that attended the ceremony carried a number of placards with inscriptions like: “free our girls now and alive”, “bringbackourgirls”, “our girls are our future”, among others.
Selected students were also asked to pray for the divine intervention and safe return of the abducted Chibok girls as well as restoration of peace in Nigeria.
While delivering President Goodluck Jonathan’s address at the Ilorin Metropolitan square, on Tuesday the venue of this year’s celebration, Secretary to the state Government (SSG),Alhaji Isiak Ishola Gold said the love of children unite the tribes and nations as one.
“The 2014 Children’s Day, which affords me the opportunity to pay tribute to Nigerian children, is particularly a sad day for me. Because of our daughters and correspondingly your peers who have been abducted by the infamous Boko Haram group since the 14th of April.
“It is really a heartrending moment for me, the entire nation and even the international community because we have tried our best to put in place machinery which will not only enable our children to thrive in a safe, creative and productive environment.”
Earlier, the Speaker, Children’s Parliament, Abdumalik Yusuf in his remark said, since the abduction of over 200 Chibok girls, things are no longer the same as people don’t know who will be the next target.
The Children’s Speaker urged the federal government to do something on the issue and child abuse in the country.