Buhari Reaffirms Commitment To Electoral Promises In Children’s Day Message

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BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with all Nigerian children on the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day celebration, which comes up on Friday.
The president, who noted that the 2016 Children’s Day celebration comes just two days before his first anniversary in office, reassured the children and youth that his administration is fully committed to fulfilling its promise of a better Nigeria for all the citizens.
In a statement he personally signed on Thursday and made available to journalists, President Buhari reaffirmed his 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 fever”, he said.
The president added that 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 of school age go to school and enjoy the fun of learning and growing together with their peers.
Mr. Buhari also assured that in spite of the current economic downturn and funding challenges confronting the nation, his administration will continue to do all within its powers to achieve better living conditions and greater access to quality healthcare and education for all the country’s 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”, President Buhari asserted.
In return, the president urged the children and youth of Nigeria 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.
According to Buhari, as the world now looks up to Nigeria as an exemplary model of democratic ideals following the smooth transition that ushered in his administration to power, the children and youth have a very significant role to play in ensuring that democratic institutions of governance are continuously nurtured, improved and strengthened to underpin national development and prosperity.
President Buhari further assured that under his leadership, the Federal Government will continue to do its best to prepare and equip the children and youth to show the world that with its brilliant, resourceful and resilient people, Nigeria is a country of incredible potential and opportunity.
He wished all Nigerians a Happy Children’s Day celebration.

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