The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF on Thursday disclosed that violence among children was common in all the 36 states of Nigeria.
Speaking at a briefing on the 2017 Children’s Day celebration in Bauchi, the UNICEF Bauchi Field Office Chief, Abdulai Kai Kai said:
“According to the findings of the 2014 Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey conducted by the National Population Commission with the support of the United States Centre for Disease Control and UNICEF, there is a high prevalence of violence against children in all the states in Nigeria.”
It had been observed that approximately six out of 10 children experienced some form of violence and 50 percent of all children in Nigeria experienced physical violence.
Kai Kia explained that the “survey also noted that one in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence, while one in six girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence by a parent, caregiver or adult relative.
“So on the occasion of this year’s Nigerian Children’s Day, all must take action to end violence against children. Violence against children is found to be prevalent in all the states in Nigeria.
“I particularly call on the six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Plateau and Taraba, which are supported by the UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office to take action to end violence against children.”
He also decried that out of the six states under the UNICEF, Bauchi Field Office, only Plateau and Taraba adopted Child Rights Laws despite the passage of the Nigeria Child Rights Act by the National Assembly in 2003.