I heartily greet and felicitate with all Nigerian children on the occasion
of this year’s Children’s Day celebration.
I seize the opportunity of this year’s celebration which comes just two
days before the first anniversary of the present administration, to
reassure our children and youth that we remain fully committed to
fulfilling our promise of a better Nigeria for all of our people.
On this happy occasion for our children, I reaffirm my belief that it is the
right of every Nigerian child to have access to quality and affordable
education, as well as healthcare and other basic necessities for a good
life, in a peaceful and secure environment.
The good health and well-being of Nigerian children remain a top
priority on our agenda for national development and we have
demonstrated our strong commitment in this regard with the allocation
of N12.6 billion in the 2016 budget for vaccines and programmes to
prevent childhood killer diseases such as polio, measles and yellow
Other measures in the 2016 budget, such as the school feeding
programme for children at a cost of N93.1 billion, will ensure that more
children go to school and enjoy the fun of learning and growing together
with their peers.
Despite the current economic and funding challenges facing our dear
nation, my administration will continue to do all within its powers to
achieve better living conditions and greater access to quality healthcare
and education for all our youth.
It is a thing of joy that on this year’s Children’s Day, we can also
celebrate the safe return of one of the Chibok girls, Amina Ali Nkeki and
many other abducted women and children who have been freed from the
clutches of Boko Haram by our gallant troops.
I assure all Nigerians and friends of the country, once again, that my
administration will not rest on its oars until the ungodly terrorist sect is
totally eliminated from our country.
As peace gradually returns to the insurgency-ravaged North-Eastern
States, the Federal Government will continue to work diligently to ensure
the rapid and full reintegration and rehabilitation of all internally
displaced persons, including orphaned children in the region.
We will also sustain and strengthen ongoing actions to protect children
more effectively from violence, child-labour, child-trafficking, forced
marriages and other related offences.
In return, I urge you all to imbibe and exhibit in greater measure, the
virtues of hard work, diligence, discipline, honesty, prudence,
selflessness and patriotism which are essential for the actualisation of
our vision of a truly great nation.
The world now looks up to our dear nation, Nigeria as an exemplary
model of democratic ideals after the smooth transition that brought our
Administration to power.
You, our children and youth have a very significant role to play in
ensuring that our democratic institutions of governance are continuously
nurtured, improved and strengthened to underpin national development
Remain assured that under my leadership, the Federal Government will
continue to do its best to prepare and equip you to show the world that
with its brilliant, resourceful and resilient people, Nigeria is a country of
incredible potential and opportunity.
I wish you all a Happy Children’s Day celebration.