Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, is concerned about the future of every Nigerian child and he is offering an advice that parents should consider.
He is a man that had rose to the highest level any man can get to as far as governance is concerned in Nigeria, but he acknowledged that as much as his hard work had brought him to that height there was something else worth mentioning that played a major role.
Obasanjo attributed his achievements in life to God and the training he received from the Baptist denomination and schools which he parents exposed him to.
He wants parents to never take with levity the character-moulding programmes for their children.
In an appreciation and acceptance speech he delivered at the ongoing annual session of the Nigerian Baptist Convention on Wednesday in Abuja, the former president urged Nigerian parents to never underestimate the importance of various religious training for a greater future for the upcoming generation.
“I, therefore, urge us to note the importance and influence which the Church and its various training programmes are capable of exerting on our children in their formative years.
“We should never take with levity the character-moulding programmes for our young ones which had been enduringly beneficial to us,” he stressed.
After he was honoured on his contributions to Nigeria and world’s peace,” he gave insight to what framed his life.
Obasanjo said: “Permit me to confess publicly, as I did at the programme put together by the three Lagos Baptist Conferences, that whatever I am today have been by the grace of God and the Baptist training that I was privileged to have received early in life through the sunbeam, the Royal Ambassador, Baptist Boys High School Abeokuta, Sunday School and Church Training’.
“I have been guided throughout my public service by these Baptist principles of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, fairness, inclusion, boldness, order, mutual respect and integrity.
“I can say I am the better for it today”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he further urged Nigerians not to cease cooperating with the present administration in its quest to restore sanity in the polity.
The former president asked Nigerians to look beyond the challenges they face and cooperate with the government in its programmes aimed at poverty reduction, employment generation, fighting corruption and insecurity.
The Service was presided over by the President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, who showered encomium on Obasanjo “for his unprecedented contributions to Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.”
Ayokunle, who is also the President of the Convention, urged Christians occupying high positions to emulate the former president.
He told the former leader to continue to work in the name of the Lord and humanity.