By Olayinka Latona
MOTHER of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. Olabisi Osinbajo and wife of the Primate of Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion), Mrs. Nkasiobi Okoh on Thursday called on Nigerian parents to teach their children morals and Godly virtues that would prepare them to become good citizens of the country.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Primate’s wife to the Vice president’s mother who recently celebrated her 83rd birthday in Obanikoro, Lagos, Mama Osinbajo opined that Godly children give peace to parents and the nation as a whole.
In her words: “Nigerian women should train their children in a Godly way, if they want to have peace in their old age. If they fail to train their children in the way of the Lord, they will never rest. As parents, we must pray for our children, love them, make them happy and I believe they will do well.”
Stressing the place of women in nation building, the octogenarian enjoined Nigerian women not to relent in praying for peace of the country, restating that God, a consistent prayer life and involvement in missionary works as secrets for her healthy life.
“Women should also pray for Nigeria because as a nation, we need prayers. They should not forget to pray always so that we can experience peace. I believe God decided to pour His shower of blessings on me because I always get involved in the work of God, helping bishops’ wives even when it is not convenient. That is my secret and God has really blessed me. I am sure that if I die today I will make Heaven because of the work that the bishops’ wives made me to do. We went through thick bushes in Ijebu Remo and I thank God that today, I am enjoying the blessings.
“I am, therefore, encouraging all Christian women to assist their clerics’ wives in missionary work because the work they are doing bring blessing and you will also receive blessings as you render the necessary assistance. Do not mind whatever people are saying.
“The secret of my life is that I love God, I always pray and go anywhere God instructs me to go and always avoid anything that will bring shame to my children,” the 83-year old vice president’s wife stated.
The Primate’s wife who is also the president, Mother’s Union, Women’s Guild and Girls’ Guild Organistion, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), in her goodwill message to Mama Osinbajo, maintained that instilling the fear of God in children would make the future generations desist from engaging in actions inimical to the society.
Condemning several social vices, Mrs. Okoh called on all mothers to be diligent in training their children in Christian ways, urging young women to shun attractions of lesbianism and fulfill divine assignment for child bearing by embracing marriage between a woman and a man and raise Godly children.
“Nigerians should not relent in praying for the safety and recovery of our Chibok girls who were captured by Boko Haram insurgents in the night of April 14-15, 2014 at Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. They must not be left out in our daily prayers,” she insisted.
In his word of advice, the Archbishop of Province of Lagos and Bishop of Lagos Mainland, Dr. Adebayo Akinde applauded President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s efforts at stamping out corruption out of the nation’s system.
“President Buhari came into power in answer to the yearnings of Nigerians for a change in leadership; and from selfishness of the ruling class who often corner the resources of the nation meant for the generality of Nigerians to themselves and their families,” he said.