2014 CHILDREN's DAY: MARK CALLS FOR SOBER REFLECTION ——urges Abductors to free Chibok girls.
President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has again called for prayers for the survival of the Nigerian Child ironically becoming an endangered species in the hands of abductors and kidnappers.
He said the situation calls for sober reflection on the way forward as he cannot rationalize why the children who represents the future suddenly become the target of evil men in Nigeria.
Senator Mark in a goodwill message to mark this year's Children's day specifically lamented that over 200 Government Secondary School girls in Chibok , Borno State abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram sect are still held captives.
” In spite of the outcry across the world on the abduction of the Chibok girls, their captors remain adamant. This is inhuman, barbaric, insane and condemnable by all right thinking members of the human race”, he stressed.
Senator Mark noted that ” as parents or guardians, we owe the children care and protection. How do we explain to generations yet unborn that our girls abducted from their school by unknown persons are still being held more than one month after.
“This is a challenge to all of us. We cannot fail these children . All of us must put on our thinking caps and strategize on the way out.”
He urged Nigerians to put aside religious , political or ethnic considerations and adorn the jersey of one united Nigeria in the battle against insurgents adding ” With the cooperation and collective will of all of us , we shall over come.”
Senator Mark recalled that it was in realization of the dangers faced by children in today's world and the need to address same that that National Assembly passed the child right act into law.
He pleaded with some state governments yet to implement the child rights law to do so without further delay .
Paul Mumeh, Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate.