Human and Social Hindrances to Child Protection: The Passive Many

These ones live by the selfish motto:what do I care? These ones do not care about what is happening around them. In most cases they focus only on their own family. They send their children to the best schools and it does not matter to them what happen to the children of their extended family members or their neighbours.

They forget that if they train their children only, the children, who are not trained, will become a menace to their trained children in the nearest future. These one see children being abused by their neighbours and would never utter one word of caution. They do not understand that they have a responsibility as social police, which is to become a self-funded and self-motivated police of prevention of child abuse and early intervention in cases of abuse.

They think ownership instead of stewardship. They do not understand that whatever they have in their possession is not for them. They are endowed by God for the purpose of distribution. They are not aware of the conclusion of Mahatma Ghandi that God gave enough for the world’s needs and not for our greed. They do not also catch the wisdom in Ghandi’s saying that ‘there are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.

When these ones are challenged, they retort that children rights can never be respected in our land. They put all the blames at the door step of the government. They never take responsibility for anything. They are experts in pointing accusing fingers. I was on the radio the other day when one of such people called and opined that children’s right can never be respected in Nigeria except everything wrong with our nation is fixed by government. I responded that the fact that the government must be alive to its responsibility of governance cannot be overemphasised but we cannot put our lives on hold and live at the mercy of government and its policies. I said that we must be ready to take our collective destiny into our hands and take a decision to govern our areas of influence. I made it clear that if each of us will focus on our areas of influence, our nation will be a better place to live.

I beg to sign out here. By God’s grace, I will be back here tomorrow to discuss another hindrance. Do have an INSPIRED day. I charge you today to Think the CHILD…Think TODAY…Think the FUTURE…

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