There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that there welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow in peace. Children do not constitute any one’s property they are neither the property of their parents nor even of society. They belong only to their own future freedom. Over the years children have suffered
from all forms of exploitation and been at the receiving end of life in times of wars abandonment, terrorism or any epidemic in the
society. Children have been marginalized and seen as commodities. According to Nelson Mandela the true character of a society is
revealed in it treats its children. The Child Rights Act 2003 is a laudable piece of legislation aimed at protects the rights of the
child. This article examines the Child Right Act and suggests the uniform application of the Act by calling on state governments that have not adopted the Act to do so in order to protect the legal rights of every child in Nigeria.
AN EXAMINATION OF THE CHILD RIGHTS ACT IN THE PROTECTING AND ENFORCING OF THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD: THE WAY FORWARD