Children interview President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua at the occasion of the International Day of Broadcasting
Abuja, December 2007 - President Yar'Adua of Nigeria was interviewed by children during a 25-minute media chat at the occasion of the International Day of Broadcasting in Nigeria. The programme was broadcast nationwide on the National television and radio networks at 8 pm on Sunday December 9. The children who participated in this programme were the President, the Speaker, and two members of Nigeria Children's Parliament.
“Mr. President, where are the children in your seven-point agenda?” was the very first question asked by the children. “You are everywhere!” answered the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “You see, what we are today, we the adults who have the opportunity to run the affairs of State and affairs of the Nation, we owe it to our fathers, to what they have done. What we are doing today is for you children. We are working hard so that you can have a better life.”
The young Parliamentarians asked President Yar’Adua questions on some of the many issues that affect Nigerian children. These included: child poverty, child labour and trafficking, access to basic education and child participation.
The President assured the children that his Government was doing everything it could to ensure things get better for all Nigerian children. He reiterated this by saying, “I am committed to children. As a person, I love and cherish them more than anything and this Government is committed to partnership with children.” He urged the members of the Nigeria Children’s Parliament to extend an invitation to his office whenever they convened a session.
As the media chat session came to a close, President Yar’Adua tells the members of the Nigeria Children’s Parliament: ‘You have given me confidence to face the country’s National Assembly!’
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