Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)—President Muhammadu Buhari has listed six 「grave violations」 suffered by children during armed conflict to include killing and maiming, recruitment as soldiers, sexual violence, abduction, attacks against schools or hospitals and denial of humanitarian services.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari said: 「Of course, the severity of these grave violations varies from country to country. The incidence of a single violation of children 8217;s rights in any country is an indelible dent on the African consciousness and is to be deplored and condemned.
8220;Let me categorically reassure you of the steadfast commitment of the government of Nigeria to ensure the freedom of all kidnapped children from the shackles of Boko Haram. We will not relent until every child, boy, or girl, every Nigerian adult in custody of Boko Haram, is freed. 8221;
Reminding AU member-states of their commitments to protect children affected by armed conflicts in Africa, President Buhari reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the protection of children in armed conflict zones.
He also used the occasion to outline some concrete measures taken by Nigeria towards tackling the root causes of child-soldiers and the misfortune of out-of-school children.