The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has lamented the increasing cases of kidnapping among the children.
The governor said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Wednesday by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, spoke at this year’s Children’s Day celebration.
Aregbesola also prayed for the release of the 219 Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect in 2014, while tasking security agencies to do more to protect children from being raped, kidnapped and other similar offences.
He said, “It is regrettable that violence against children has increased globally and that children are easy targets of kidnap-for-ransom.
“The nation is still distraught by the tragedy of the 219 Chibok girls kidnapped by terrorists in their school hostel, which the government is still groping to find solution to.
“We are asking parents and the law enforcement agencies to provide greater protection for children against physical abuse, rape and torture.
He urged parents and the society at large to stand against any form of abuse and cruelty against children.
The governor added that Osun children were topmost in his administration’s pursuit and policies.
He said that his administration recognised that education was the most important need of children, hence its investment in the education sector.