By; BUHARI B BELLO, Jos
The Emir of Wase, Dr. Sambo Haruna, has lamented over what he called “ the failure of parents, traditional, community and religious leaders as major causes of violence against children in Nigeria“
“All of us are guilty of violence against children, because we have neglected the roles and responsibilities of good child upbringing, even as Muslims with all the teachings of Islam on the responsibility shoulders on us as parents and leaders for proper upbringing,“
Dr. Haruna, stated this in his goodwill remarks at a one-day sensitization campaign programme to end violence against children, organized by the headquarters of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), held in Wase, Plateau State.
The emir represented by the Wazirin Wase, Alhaji Muhammad Badamasi, said the collaboration between JNI and UNICEF, on the campaign to end violence against children is, “.. a reminder to all Muslims on what is expected of them to treat their children with human dignity as enshrined in the Quran and Sunnah (traditions) of Prophet Muhammad SAW.”
According to him, Wase Emirate Council have set up plans and put up committees “that are working towards not only ending violence against children but to see to the stoppage of intake of illicit drugs and other vices“.
“It is our hope that by the year 2030, most of this vices will be over come, and we appreciate the JNI headquarters for selecting Wase as one of the local government areas to benefit from the programme,” he said.
The JNI coordinator of the programme, Malam Abubakar Gafai, said they entered into collaboration with the UNICEF, having recognized the need to enlightens the Muslims on certain wrongs they do in the name of discipline but it is a form of violence against children.
“Violence against children and humanity is anti-Islam.”
“Islam abhors all forms of violence against children, it is inhuman and an offence,” he added
“A true Muslim is the one that his fellow Muslim brothers are save from the deeds of his hands and mouth,” he quoted Prophet Muhammad saying.
He reiterated that it is the absolute rights of a child for his parents to see to his or her proper upcoming, good education, inculcate moral discipline into him.
Director of Publicity Plateau Stats chapter of the JNI, Malam Sani Mudi, said four Local Government Areas, where selected for the pilot programmes.
According to him, youths should shun any temptation by politicians who engaged them into illicit drugs, which is also a form of violence against children.
“Harassing children, denial to education, denial to good feeding, child labour, harassment at place of apprenticeship are all forms of violence against them, which must be stopped,” he said.