President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday called on parents to pay attention to their children’s upbringing for development to thrive in the country.
Speaking at the funeral mass in honour of Gov. Sullivan Chime’s mother, Madam Theresa Chime, at Udi in Enugu State, Jonathan said that inadequate parental care was detrimental to development.
``One of the greatest things our children are losing today is that motherly and fatherly touch either because of business, work or politics. Most of us no longer have the time to manage our homes.
``We should devote our time toward bringing up our children,’’ the president, who was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Dame Patience, said.
``As citizens of the country, we must reassess ourselves, our journey from independence till date; the areas that we have not done too well, let us not play politics with the development of the country, let us work together to change our country,’’ he added.
Jonathan assured the people that his government would work to change the country for the better for the future generations.
Earlier in a sermon, the Catholic chaplain in the Government House, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, urged Christians to emulate the good life of Madam Chime.
He urged Christian leaders to be truthful and transparent to adequately prepare themselves for the great beyond.
In his speech, Gov. Chime thanked the president and his wife, Patience, as well as the numerous dignitaries who graced the occasion for their solidarity during his time of mourning.
He appealed to the people to support Jonathan’s transformation agenda, adding that it would take the country to greater heights.
The ceremony was attended by former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, PDP chieftains, members of the national and state assemblies, ministers from the zone, as well as past and present governors.
Also in attendance were captains of industry, traditional rulers, religious leaders and judicial officers.