Some children yesterday wrote a letter to Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau demanding the release of over 200 secondary school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State.
The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan received the letter from the children while hosting them for this year’s children’s day celebration at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.
She told the children that she did not know where to find Shekau but that she will handover the letter to National Security Adviser or the Chief of Defence Staff.
But she thanked the children for the second letter addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan.
She said: “Let me thank the children that gave me letter to give Boko Haram. Well, I have received your letter, but I’m not the one to give it to Boko Haram because I don’t know Boko Haram and I have never seen Boko Haram. But I will give it to NSA or Chief of Defence Staff who will submit your letter accordingly.”
On the second letter, she said: “To my children parliament, thank you for your letter. Thank you for your deliberation. I have received what you gave to me. I will make sure I pass it to the president because it is addressed to him and the other one is addressed to Boko Haram. That is why the two are different.”
Warning Nigerians to desist from abusing the President, she urged them to commit themselves to developmental issues.
On the need to learn good morals for positive human development, the First Lady told the children that respect for constituted authority was necessary if the country is to witness meaningful development.
She said: “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.”
Quoting from the holy scriptures, she said, “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”.
On the current insecurity in the country, she also called on Nigerians, especially those carrying out protest on the abduction of over 200 school girls in Chibok, Borno State, to focus on the terrorists rather than government for the release of the students.
Continuing, she said: “This event provides a platform for mutual understanding and reflection of the situation of our children who have been kidnapped”.
“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, in our nation. I want you all to be ambassadors of peace in your schools and practice 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 stated