On This Children’s Day; Be A Gift To The Helpless Nigerian Children: An Appeal To Muhammadu Buhari By Eniola Opeyemi
Some years ago, while I was so young and could hardly see a children’s day as a day for me rather a day to help my daddy at his workshop, as a true African child hardship can be taken as fun when we find our way to get water from faulty water works pipeline, we could queue for hours sometimes it takes thirty minute or much to get a water to would fill a bucket, this is how years of mine was spent under bad leaders though some of the these days were spent under the military regime.
On Children’s day (s) celebration, me and my junior ones are forced to fast though it’s spiritually certified but most times its a way to see that we manage the little resources at home, we sneak out to watch cartoons at our neighbour’s home even when we are sure we are going to receive the beating of our lives if our parents get to know. Now am a youth in my twenties and from my own little story, am sure some children are passing through the same hard times I experienced, some even worse than mine .
Africa’s children destiny ?aren’t necessitated for sufferers, being treated as a second fiddle, our destiny was just ill-celebrated by bad governance.
Sometimes, I wonder what the feelings of this little children would be watching terrorist take over their regions, loosing their close ones to insecurity, corruption of the political leaders, crises amongst the political leaders, injustice, cases where hooligans are more valued than the office men and times that they have to get excuses from their parents that the politicians are causing us all these.
Today, Chinedu, a neighbour’s son couldn’t spend his day at a resort centre because of fuel scarcity, so are many other children out there.
Where are the missing Chibok girls? How would they feel now as we assumed some of them are now pregnant teenagers, what a feeling!
When would child trafficking be ended? So many of African children are now prostitutes, slaves and even terrorists, all these are just caused by the inability to stop Child trafficking.
Now, we have a new president -in- waiting, there is no doubt that there is fresh breathe in Nigeria considering the success of the general election producing the All Progressives Congress Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the CHANGE as come as the slogan of APC is spelt, the people’s general as being referred to by the ?Nigerian masses is here, we hope you put smiles on the children’s face which is much more important, this is possible if the party’s manifestos are fulfilled by:
– free and qualitative education
– A day free meal
– better economy
– & most especially job creation to keep the hopes alive
These and more can bring back happiness to the faces of the Nigerian children, their parents and the entire citizens especially if the chibok girls can be brought back home.
Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, please be a gift to the helpless Nigerian children.
N.B: This short piece is dedicated to the suffering African Children and the missing chibok girls.
Eniola Opeyemi writes from
Badagry, Lagos Nigeria.