Saraki prays for Leah Sharibu, others’ freedom
As children mark the 2019 Children’s Day, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has prayed for the release of Leah Sharibu, who has been in Boko Haram captivity since February 19, 2018.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Saraki’s prayer was contained in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, in commemoration of the Children’s Day.
Sharibu is the remaining girl yet to be released by Boko Haram out of the 110 schoolgirls that were kidnapped by the terrorist group from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, in Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State.
Although other girls were released, Sharibu has remained in Boko Haram captivity for her refusal to denounce her Christian faith.
Saraki said, “On this year’s Children’s Day celebration, we remember Leah Sharibu and all other young Nigerian children, who will be commemorating this symbolic day without their loved ones. We commit them into our prayers, and continue to call for their unequivocal release.”
The Senate President described children as Nigeria’s most important treasure that should be well taken care of.
He said in view of the importance of children to nation-building, it was imperative for leaders at all levels of government to recommit to their continuous empowerment.
“Today, our nation celebrates its future, our children; our most important national treasure. As we do so, we should recommit ourselves to ensuring that all Nigerian children are empowered to aspire to greatness,” Saraki added.
Commenting on health care, Saraki said the 8th National Assembly had worked assiduously to provide for primary health care fund in the 2019 budget.
He said the National Assembly had also worked to ensure that the Child’s Rights Act was domesticated across the states of the federation.
“Over the past four years, the 8th National Assembly has worked fervently towards ensuring the provision of basic primary health care and the domestication of the Child’s Rights Act in all Nigerian states.
“This is so that Nigerian children can live healthy and violence-free lives. Today, we say to all Nigerian children we stand with you, we are one. Happy Children’s Day 2019.”