World Health Organization


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Honourable Chairs, distinguished delegates,

Nigeria is very pleased to be able to discuss such a serious problem that is child maltreatment, as it is an ongoing issue all around the world. Underage marriage, poverty, female genital mutilation and violence are only a few of many cases of child abuse occuring in the country. Nigerian government is aware of the problem and is strongly against this type of behaviour.

Child underage marriage is a great problem in Nigeria. About 25 milion marriages were pursued while the bride or groom were still legally kids. Parents allow such events beca...