Delta state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has given assurance that Nigerians will come out of the current confusion caused by Boko Haram activities, including the abduction of 275 female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state victorious. He asked Nigerians however, to continue to stand behind President Goodluck Jonathan and the various security agencies in their determination to defeat the insurgents.
Governor Uduaghan who spoke in Asaba today at the 2014 Children’s Day Celebration observed that despite the havoc the group has been causing, the group is not winning the war even as he cautioned Nigerians against actions and utterances that would encourage to the terrorists.
The Children’s Day was marked in Delta State with prayers for the peace of the nation and release of the abducted Chibok students. The theme of the celebration was “Unite for Peace in Nigeria; Unite for Children.”
The Governor asked Nigerians not to have the impression that Boko Haram is recording victory, adding: “The terrorist group may be destroying things but they are not winning the war. President Jonathan is doing everything possible to get those girls released unconditionally and unharmed and also to see to the end of Boko Haram activities in the country.
“I can assure you that the President is on top of the situation and with the help of God, these security challenges will come to an end.”
He gave reason why the Children’s Day celebration was marked with fasting and prayers for the release of the Chibok Girls, saying: “Nigeria requires prayers. With prayers, nothing is impossible before God.”
He said that failure of parents to properly train and groom their children partly contributed to the anti-social behaviour among the young ones and asked them to take upbringing of their children and wads with all seriousness.
The governor particularly pleaded with fathers to play more active roles in their children’s development and stop the trend of leaving the responsibility solely to mothers, adding that the former should take interest in visiting the schools their children attend and go through their school notebooks.
Governor Uduaghan who had an interactive session with the children, advised them to desist from any temptation to join cult groups and other anti-social activities that could jeopardize their chances as future leaders of the country.
The children in their separate answers to the questions of the Governor on what Boko Haram meant, described the group as ‘child kidnappers,’ ‘terrorists trying to destroy Nigeria,’ ‘bad people who are throwing bombs.’’
In the exhortation, one of the school children, Ayeh Jennifer said that the rapid growth and development of Nigeria in all spheres of life lay in the citizenry living in unity and peace among themselves.
Ayeh also admonished parents to impart in their children strong morals and discipline to make them better citizens of the country.
The children who piloted the affairs of the day offered prayers for the release of the Chibok school girls, peace in Nigeria, peace in Delta State, an end to anti-social behaviour among students as well as prayers for the leadership of the state and the nation. [myad]