Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike has called for the adoption of the Child Rights Act in all the States of the federation.
Wife of the executive governor of Rivers State who made this call at a special dinner she organised for female delegates to the 61st annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Port Harcourt, stressed that the Child Rights Law is designed to protect children from abuse, defilement and exploitation.
She believes that the many vices that have plagued the Nigerian society is a direct result of the deliberate disregard of the rights of children and the important role women have continued to play in the nurturing process of children.
According to her, “that is one law that also protects children when it comes to defilement and all kinds of sexual abuses, because the criminal code, of course, as we know is very limited. This one is now expanded, especially with the violence against persons, laws that are being adopted in the States.”
Justice Nyesom-Wike urged the society to continue to encourage and support women in the onerous task of parenting, adding that women who provide their children useful guidance and watch them grow into age of responsibility and become accomplished deserve the support of the society.
She advised parents to shower their children with love at all times, noting that what they receive at home in terms of love, care and support is what they give back in return to the society.
She opined that the activities of kidnappers, armed robbers, bandits and all others miscreants engaged in difference vices are manifest evidence of the skewed nurturing that they got, stressing that, “and I know that parents make lots of efforts, and they really do try, but sometimes some children fall way. We pray that they find their way back. But a child who is shown love, it is difficult for that child to derail.”
To the members of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Justice Nyesom-Wike advised them to commit to the protection, promotion and preservation of the rights of women and children so as to break the nibbling barriers.
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“FIDA has the onerous duty of protecting, promoting, preserving the rights of women and children. We should continue to represent people especially people who are indigent, people who cannot afford lawyers.
“It’s not every brief that should bring something. Take from those who made some money from and support those who cannot afford to have you and give the same kind of service. In that way, I’m sure, we will make Nigeria a better place.”