Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Federal Government of Nigeria tells Churches not to kill kids

Yep Nigeria, Kenya, Haiti and Uganda, where Christian laws are in effect, has the highest rates for murdering kids for being 'witches'. Sadly no FOX news or Christian site covers this.

The Federal Government, on Monday, read riot act to churches, parents, guardians and individuals against stigmatisation of children as witches or wizards, and warned them to desist from such acts or face the full wrath of the law.

The permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Alhaji Idris Kuta, who gave the warning at a 3-day technical meeting on stigmatisation of children as witches or wizards, in Abuja, said the provision of law on child protection is clear and must be respected.

He noted that, “the constitution, the child rights act and its adoption as laws in the states made all forms of physical violence, abuse or psychological torture against children illegal and a criminal offence. Therefore, there should be no claim of lacuna in the application of these laws to prosecute offenders and deter potential perpetrators.

“The judiciary, law enforcement agencies and other child focused agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations must assist to challenge this issue of child witch accusation. Enforcement and full application of the provision of the law must be seen to have been done wherever breaches or infringement on the law occur. Every society, no matter its cultural, economic or social background can and must stop violence and abuse against children”, he noted.

The permanent secretary also decried the way prosecution of alleged offenders of child witches and stigmatisation are being handled.

He, however, commended Akwa Ibom state government on it position on the child witch problem in the state adding that, it is unfortunate that the institutions that are supposed to championing the course of children’s protection are now in the fore-front of child witch accusation.

He said “The bias of duty beater, which impedes investigation of alleged child witches and stigmatisation that goes with it and the manner of prosecution of offenders are not helping matters”.

The Executive Secretary of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Person, (NAPTIP), Simon Egede, said “the consequence of child witch stigmatisation is grievous because these children are most likely to be bitter and turn against the society, exhibiting anti-social behaviour in the future to our detriment”.

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