The Niger State Government has stated that this year's Children's Day and Democracy Day celebrations will not be marked with the usual pomp and ceremony as a mark of respect to those affected by the security challenges currently confronting the nation.
According to the state Commissioner for Information, Communications and Strategy, Danladi Ndayebo, who made this known to journalists in Minna at a press conference yesterday, the state government said that Children's Day and Democracy Day celebrations would be marked in the state with prayers for the nation and the abducted female students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.
“Owing to the security situation in the country, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has directed that this year’s Children’s Day and Democracy Day be used to seek God’s face and intervention for the nation.”
Ndayebo said the Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development would on Children’s Day mobilise children from across the state to pray for the release of the over 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State.
He said the state government had concluded arrangements to conduct prayers on Children’s Day, children, both Muslims and Christians will pray for Nigeria.
“They will pray for the safe return of their colleagues who were abducted from school on April 14. In May 29, we will pray to God to bring an end to terrorism and to restore peace in the troubled North-east region and Nigeria at large.
He urged all stakeholders to remain steadfast in prayers for an end to the senseless killing of Nigerians.
The commissioner said the PDP led government in the state was doing its best to maintain peace which is a necessary perquisite for development.
He urged the people living in the state to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to security agencies, stressing that security for all is the responsibility of all.