FIDA Nigeria demands justice for Hanifa Abubakar
The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria vehemently condemns the brutal killing of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar by her teacher and School Proprietor of Noble Kids Nursery and Primary School, Kwanana, Kano state.
Section 33 (1) of the Constitution provides for the Right to Life of everyone including that of Hanifa, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life unless in the execution of the sentence of a court of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty.
Hanifa as a Nigerian child is entitled to have lived a full and beautiful life
FIDA Nigeria demands for justice for Hanifa as the above act also falls into the category of gender-based violence for which FIDA Nigeria stands against, and furthermore to serve as a deterrent to other evil-minded people who are custodians of children left in their care for educational or other purposes.
The Chairperson, FIDA Nigeria Kano State Chapter, Bilkisu Ibrahim Suleiman on Friday led a delegation of Excos to pay a condolence visit to the family of the 5-year-old murdered and mutilated victim, Hanifa Abubakar at Dakata Quarters, Nasarawa LGA, Kano State. The family was assured of FIDA’s support in the pursuit of justice
We call on the relevant Government Ministries to pay closer attention to licensed educational institutions. The increase of violence in Schools has demonstrated the importance and need to incorporate basic laws on Human Rights and the education sector into curriculums for educators for the purpose of training and retraining. There is also a need to address the accepted norm of violence in schools.
FIDA Nigeria has always resolutely stood behind justice against evil in society particularly when perpetrated against women and children.
It is sincerely hoped that with justice done in Hanifa’s case, it will greatly diminish such criminal acts in the society.
In addition, we urge the Government to ensure the passage and adoption of the Child’s Rights Act, the Violence against Person’s (Prohibition) Act (VAPP Act), 2015 and all laws that support and protect children and women in the state.
Mrs. Amina Suzanah Agbaje
Country Vice President/National President
Christiana Oyanvutu Adejumo
National Publicity Secretary