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“STOP THE VIOLENCE LET ME GROW UP” Campaign loading……………
The High Rate of violence against children in Nigeria has prompted CRACO to initiate a campaign to end violence against children. Everyday, at least a child dies somewhere in Nigeria due to violence. On daily basis calls and e-mails are sent to CRACO to save a child somewhere who is passing through violence. The nature of these violence includes physical, sexual and emotional violence. The cases of rape and defilement of children is becoming alarming. We have gotten reports of a 3-months old child being defiled. Most worrisome is that most of these acts are now being perpetrated by people we least expect. We have continued to document these cases, and we shall soon publish a chronicle of cases of violence against children in Nigeria.
Some of the documented cases will shock you. Take a look at this few:
- A seven-month-old baby, Hauwa Ibrahim, was raped by her 55-year old stepfather, Magaji Dansale, at Dangaski village in the Musawa local government of Katsina state. The child later died as a result.
- A Pastor in Ogun State, Taiwo Olubayode, was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for impregnating his 16-year old daughter.
- A 36-year old man, Okoro Sunday, was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for forcefully having carnal knowledge of his daughter.
- A 30-year old business man, Lawan Zubairu, was arraigned at a Kano Magistrates’ Court for raping an 11-year old set of twins after luring them to his room.
- A 17-year-old girl gave testimony at a Jikwonyi Customary Court, Abuja, how her sister’s husband forcefully had sexual intercourse with her and her two sisters.
- A 53-year-old Anglican Church pastor in Ado-Ekiti, Gabriel Asateru, was remanded in prison by an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate Court, over alleged defilement of a 5-year old girl.
- The Parish priest of a Catholic Church in Asokoro, Abuja, Rev. Fr. Anthony Ochigbo, was arrested and arraigned before an Upper Area Court in Abuja for allegedly raping a 10-year-old daughter of one of his parishioners. He was later re-arraigned at the High Court.
- A pastor in Ogun State, Adekunle Francis, was arrested by the Ogun State police Command for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl under the pretence of praying and anointing her.
- The Katsina State Police Command arrested a 33-year-old teacher at Nasarawa Annex Primary School in the Faskari local Government area of the State for allegedly raping a nine-year-old pupil, after luring the child into the staff room.
- A 48-year-old Pastor, Micheal Adeniran, was remanded in prison by an Abeokuta Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly impregnating a 17-year-old girl.
- A grandfather was reported to have allegedly raped a 4-year old child in Abuja.
- One Ike Iwuanyanwu was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly raping and impregnating his 15-year-old daughter at Ajao Estate, in Isolo Area of Lagos State.
- A general overseer of a popular spiritual church in Ikeduru Council Area of Imo state was arrested for allegedly having constant illicit affairs with a 13-year-old girl.
- A school proprietor, 42-year-old Mr. Elias Oyeke was arrested for allegedly raping a four-year-old Nursery one Pupil of his school at Maraba, Nasarawa state. The suspect had raped the child on several occasions and gives the child sweet, and threaten that the child would get into trouble if she informed anybody of the acts.
- An 11-year-old girl, the daughter of a security guard, was raped through the anus by a 21-year old son of her father’s employer (a law maker) in Taraba State. The girl died at the hospital.
However, you can visit CRACO facebook page @www.facebook.com/CRACONG or join CRACO group page on facebook to always receive our daily reports on cases of violence against children in Nigeria.
In preparation for this National Campaign, CRACO is publishing a book for children titled: “My Rights, My Future” with which we intend to use in ourwork with schools in furtherance of this campaign.
Speak up, speak out, stand strong, together we can save the children
CRACO MUSIC ALBUM AND FILM PROJECT 2017
‘Every Child has his own destiny: The only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him’ says Henry Miller.
We have come to realise that Children are the best people to tell their own stories.
In our Society, Children are not only regarded as the voiceless, but also the invisible and excluded Members of the society. Matters affecting them are usually swept under the carpet as insignificant. They are not given the required media attention; their rights are not being respected, more because people are ignorant of them, thus they are the most neglected, abused and exploited group in the human specie. Poverty and disease, including HIV/AIDS are ravaging the third world countries, especially the continent of Africa. The children suffer most in all this. Ignorance contributes a lot in worsening this situation; hence there is need for awareness creation and public enlightenment. Millions of children are facing the pains of hunger in Africa; millions of children are out of school: roaming the streets as beggars, urchins, destitute, child labourers, and many take to crime to survive. Most of these children were driven out of their homes either by poverty or child abuse (especially domestic violence)
It is our well considered view that one of the most effective way to educate, change people’s orientation, and reduce the high rate of child abuse and exploitation in the society is through the instrumentality of music and film production considering the fact that music and film speak universal language and have wide reach and great influence on people’s thinking, behaviour and primitive orientation. Apart from exposing the child’s talent to the world, we intend to use this medium to tell the story of child abuse and exploitation in the society, the consequences, and also proffer solution; also to draw the attention of the government and all relevant organizations to the plight of these children so as to move people to help them. The organization has put its best talents together to write good, catchy, meaningful and educative songs and film scripts to this effect. The DVD of our first song and video titled SACRIFICE has been completed. You can see a copy of the CD in our publication page.
CHILD RIGHTS SUMMIT
Annually, Craco organizes Child Rights sensitization programme tagged “Child Rights Summit” aimed at addressing specific child rights issues. The programme which witnesses a large turn out of students and teachers from various secondary schools in Nigeria holds every 27th of May annually. The summit is held to mark the world’s children’s day. Featuring in the summit include debates and quiz competitions, drama, talent hunt, and lectures. Gifts, Certificates and Awards are given to best individual students, and best schools. CRACO is planning for a bigger and eventful Child Rights Summit in 2017
COMMUNITY OUTREACH/COMMUNITY SERVICE
From time to time, as the need arises, and the fund available, Craco organizes outreach programme termed “Community Outreach” geared at reaching out to the less privileged women and children in the society, including street children, with the aim of improving their livelihood. Clothes, food stuff, and other essential items donated by members and non members alike are distributed to this category of people. Craco also visits disabled children’s homes and Orphanages for the same purpose.
‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he grows up, he will not depart from it’. To this regard we train children and young people to give back to the community which has given them much through our community service activities. In 2016, students from Chrisland High School participated in CRACO Community service activity, after which each student receives Attestation Letter and a copy of CRACO’s book titled “In Pursuit of True Success” which will help them appreciate the importance and need for volunteerism and selfless service to humanity.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHARITY
In its resolution A/RES/67/105, the United Nations General Assembly designated the 5th of September, the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, as International Day of Charity. The first international Day of Charity was commemorated at the UN headquarters in 2013. In 2014, CRACO commemorated the first ever International Day of Charity in Nigeria. The event witnessed the launch of a book (published by CRACO) to promote charitable works. At the event, Awards were also given to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, as well as individuals doing charitable works in the manner of Mother Teresa. Public Lecture was delivered by Pastor Tunde Bakare (Head Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly) on the topic: “How each of us can change the world“. The Nigerian Police Band was present at the event to entertain the audience. It has become part of the programme of CRACO to mark the International Day of Charity every 15th day of September, to promote and encourage works of charity.
CRACO by the grace of God will keep promoting charitable works in Nigeria and beyond, through the annual commemoration of International Day of Charity.
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