Patience Jonathan, whose husband has come under censure from some Nigerians and foreigners over his handling of the kidnap of over 200 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram insurgency among other sundry issues in recent times has asked Nigerians to stop abusing him.
Mrs Jonathan said this at a party she hosted for children at the Aso Rock presidential villa on Tuesday at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She told the children that the Biblical injunction on respect for parents also extended to those in authority.
“It is bad to abuse our country and the president because God has made him the head. The Almighty God commands us to pray for our leaders. We therefore need to pray for the development of our country and the president.
“Remember that a child that abuses his father and mother is disobeying God™s commandment because the Bible says in Exodus 20:12 that you should honour your father and mother so that you may live long in the land that the Lord your God has given you.
“The Holy Bible is not referring to only biological parents alone but anyone that is older than you even for a day must be respected. Let us therefore join hands and rebuild our country Nigeria,” the wife of the president said.
She also assured the Children that the government is doing everything possible to rescue the girls abducted in Chibok from their abductors.
Mrs. Jonathan said every child has a right to education so that he or she can achieve dreams and contribute meaning fully to his or her community and nation. She however advised Nigerians to unite against terrorism and support the military.
“We have no other country than Nigeria. We therefore need to be patriotic and committed to our dear country. We should strengthen our covenant with our country as outlined in the National Pledge.
“Let us therefore be united in fighting terrorism. We should encourage our soldiers who are in the frontline to rescue our beloved daughters,” she said.
She also advised the children to be good ambassadors of peace in their schools and be of good manners.
Some of the children presented letters they had written asking Boko Haram to release the abducted girls at the occasion.
While receiving the letters, the First Lady who said she has no contact with Boko Haram promised to hand over the letters to either the Chief of Defence Staff or the National Security Adviser for submission to Boko Haram.
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