The wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has appealed to some Nigerians who abuse the President to desist from doing so, adding that her husband who is the head of the country at this time as ordained by God, should rather be prayed for.
Mrs. Jonathan stated this on Tuesday while addressing children at an event she organised to mark the 2014 Children’s Day at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“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. Any one that is older than you even for a day must be respected. Let us therefore join hands and rebuild our country Nigeria,” she said.
Mrs. Jonathan assured the children in particular and Nigerians in general that the Federal Government was doing all within its powers to secure the release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok, Borno State.
While calling on Nigerians to be united in the fight against terrorism, she further advised that Nigerians learn to encourage soldiers who are at the fore front of the fight.
“It is the right of every child to go to school. It is only through education that you can be able to achieve your dreams and contribute meaningfully to your community and the nation.
“We desire peace in our community and in our nation. I want you all to be ambassadors of peace in your schools and practise good manners. 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.