FG urged to pass child rights act

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

Former pres­i­dent, In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Women Lawyers, Hauwa Sheka­rau has called for the pas­sage into law the Child Rights Act, which has been do­mes­ti­cated in only 23 states since 2003.

She was speak­ing at a lecture or­gan­ised by the Law Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion at Baze Univer­sity, Abuja.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the Child Rights Acts su­per­sedes ev­ery in­ter­na­tional pro­nounce­ment made in favour of pro­tect­ing chil­dren yet they re­mained the most vi­o­lated group of so­ci­ety de­spite in­stru­ments for their safety.

She said Nige­rian lead­ers ea­gerly signed up to in­ter­na­tional in­stru­ments “be­cause they don’t want to be named and shamed be­fore the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. They want to ap­pear good, but back home they don’t have the po­lit­i­cal will to im­ple­ment it.”

Speak­ing in a panel dis­cus­sion, past pres­i­dent, Young Lawyers Fo­rum, Paul Dauda said Nige­ria needed to sign up to at least two op­tional pro­to­cols on the sale of chil­dren and chil­dren in armed con­flicts in the face of the in­creas­ing in­sur­gent vi­o­lence by Boko Haram and its grow­ing use of young chil­dren to per­pet­u­ate vi­o­lence.

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