As part of activities to celebrate this Year’s Father’s Day Acting President,Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday, said greed among politicians has been the major Problem responsible for Nigeria’s under-development.
Osinbajo who spoke at the Aso Villa Chapel in commemoration of this year’s Father’s Day celebration ,said corruption in Nigeria have been fueled largely by greedy leaders, who amass wealth even for generations unborn.
As a way of admonishing fathers, he said the church must identify and expose those behind corrupt practices as a way of liberating the society and the country in general.
Speaking further Osinbajo said just like fathers ought to train their children in the ways of God,christians have a duty to build the country and make it sustainable.
According to him “I must say to all of our leaders, the Christian leaders; the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and Christian Association of Nigeria, that it is the role of the church to build this nation,because God has said concerning us that we are the light of the world and we are the salt of the earth.
“That role is a very difficult role. We are not to teach the world how to be like the world but to teach the world how to be like our saviour, Jesus Christ.
“Every time we come to the church, we are told about giving, but we need to talk more about honesty. Just now His Eminence said Nigeria’s great problem is not an absence of prosperity but that we have enough for our needs but we don’t have enough for our greed.
“The greed of many is what has landed this country to where it is today. Many of who are in position of authority, it is the greed that has landed us to where we are. Many who say the reason why they are stealing is because they need to have an arsenal for future political experiment, it is a lie! It is greed.
“If a man is earning a salary in a civil service or public service and he has houses everywhere, we have to hold him to account. He must first be held to account in the church.
“He must first be told in the church, we will not allow this. If the church ostracise the thieves; if the church says we will not accept thieves here or we will ensure that we expose you, you are stealing the resources of our nation, you are stealing the resources of a private company or other establishments, then we will not have the kind of problems that we have in this country. If only the church can.”
“Even knowing the Ten Commandment was enough to teach you about righteousness. That is so important especially for us who are Christians,” he stated.
Osinbajo urged all fathers in the country to follow the foot-step of Abraham in the scripture that God chose in order to “command his children and household in the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice.”
He called on fathers to love their wives and refrain from any form of domestic violence.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in his short exaltation during the service cautioned against allowing the family system to collapse as it was a worthwhile investment for the larger society.
In his words, “We should invest more, really as a nation, in fatherhood or in family. And when children are properly brought up, you will see that most of the resources we channel towards control of crime and so many other government programmes, there will be no need for them. Because we will have some kind of transformation that only take place at the family level.
“Certain thing cannot be done by the government like we cannot just outsource discipline in a home, the issue of imparting or instilling morality in the life of our citizens. Government certainly cannot do that; it is the role of the family. So when we celebrate fathers like this, we celebrate fatherhood, we emphasise on the importance of the family as a unit in bringing up those components of society, performing its role and then turning citizens that are compliant. That therefore means that we won’t be spending money in fighting crime.
“When fathers do their work, the nation will have less work to do. And when next we have people in leadership who fail, who are patently corrupt, the question shouldn’t be ‘who is this?’ The question should be ‘who is the father of that person?’ I congratulate the fathers,”the Speaker told State House correspondents
In his sermon titled: “Fathers to the Rescue of Our Beloved Nation,” the Prelate of Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence Samuel Kalu Uche, stated that God established the family as a basic and foundational unit of a country.
“God has made fathers as the head and this assignment must be exercise in love, honesty, gentleness and unity. The responsibility of a father makes him to be accountable to God. A father must render a selfless service and he must be faithful to his wife,” he said.
High point of the celebration was song presentations by some children and their fathers to commemorate the day.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Archbishop of Methodist Church Abuja, Oche Job; Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Taiwo Abidogun.