AFLPM marks 2020 Day of the African Child, advocates Child Friendly Services

First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has acknowledged that children often find it difficult to access legal services, especially those who live in remote rural communities. She therefore advocated for child-friendly service to promote children’s legal rights and interests, especially through strengthening of Legal Aid services in Nigeria.

Mrs. Buhari, who was represented by Dr.Mairo Tanko Almakura, Special Assistant to the President on African First Ladies Peace Mission, was speaking at the event to mark the 2020 Day of the African Child, which held at the African First Ladies Peace Mission Secretariat, Abuja on 16th June, 2020.

Mrs. Buhari observed that the theme of the event, which is “Access to A Child-Friendly Justice System in Africa”, reflects the helplessness of children to the various forms of abuse that they are subjected to. She charged the appropriate authorities in African countries to provide child-friendly services such as free 24hours helplines, child complaint centers, child offenders’ courts and free legal advice for juveniles. She further called for the states in Nigeria that are yet to promulgate the Child Right Act (Laws) to do so without further delay. This has become imperative especially with the recent happenings in our country where even children are not spared by predators and pedophiles. She implored children and their Parents/Guardians not to be silent in the face of abuse but speak out against any inappropriate behavior against them.

Speaking earlier, National Coordinator, African First Ladies Peace Mission Secretariat, Mrs. Beatrice Bassey, said the Day of the African Child provides occasion for the Mission and other stakeholders to renew their ongoing commitments towards improving the plight of the African child particularly with the current COVID-19 Pandemic. She said there is no doubt that African children face different types of abuse including rape, trafficking and child labour. She stated that the day raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African Children.

The Day of the African Child was initiated by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU) to commemorate 1976 uprising in Soweto South Africa, where school children were brutally repressed by the police for protesting against apartheid inspired education policy. It is celebrated on June 16th every year since 1991.

Highlight of the event was an interactive session with the children on the challenges they face in education and how they want the system improved.

Aliyu Abdullahi
Special Assistant to the President
On Media & Publicity
(Office of the First Lady)
June 16, 2020.

H.E. Dr. Aisha Buhari's Keynote address delivered by SA, AFLPM Dr. Mairo Almakura
Presentation by Pupil/Student
Guests at the event (DAC 2020)
Welcome Address by the National Coordinator, AlFPM, Mrs B. U. Bassey

Video clips of children advocating for justice for victims of gender-based violence and a child-friendly justice system in Africa.

Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari distributes food and medical items to support the fight against COVID-19

H.E. Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through the Aisha Buhari Foundation and her Future Assured initiative has distributed many palliatives in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic to States of the Federation in the form of medical supplies, drugs, hospital equipment, food items, building of hospitals, specific intervention to isolation centres and many more.

Mohammed Al-Bishir
Special Assistant to Mr. President on OAFLAD (Office of the First Lady)