Nigerians are one of the most resilient people I know. Their ability to wax stronger despite the numerous problems facing them is really applaudable. We have finally accepted that it’s impossible to have leaders who won’t misappropriate funds at one point or another. We have also accepted that unemployment is a citizen. Nigerians have given up on the dreams of uninterrupted power supply. It was a wonderful dream while it lasted though. In 1999, anybody that told Nigerians that by 2017, they will still be battling with less than 7 hours of electricity a day, would be called “prophet of doom”. I can go on and on, the list is unending but the point am trying to make is that Nigerians have swallowed every form of discomfort that bad governance has thrown at them from 1960 till date. One big indigestible discomfort bad leadership has thrown at Nigerians is “child labor”. Child labor is the subjection of a minor to hazardous jobs. It has become a norm in Nigeria that hawking is a job for minors. During my NYSC days, I have some students in my class who work in car wash, some do part time mechanic jobs, some even run back home to carry trays full of one edible or another to hawk on the streets after school. This is really an ugly and shameful occurrence. The main cause of child labor in Nigeria is poverty. Most parents who subject their kids to illegal labor are below the poverty line. Kids of the rich never go to the streets to labor, not even after they have attained adulthood. Whereas, their poor counterparts start contributing their own quota for the family well begin at an early age. Most of those kids end up being those “out of school kids” we see around the block during school hours. Another cause of child labor is “parental negligence”. It’s the right of every child to be protected and provided for but some parents don’t care about the basic needs and wants of their children.