Abuja - The first lady, Dame Patience
Jonathan, has called on Nigerian children to be alert to their environment in
the face of security challenges in the country.
She made the call at the 2014 Independence Day Children`s
party in Abuja, saying that the children should learn to live in love always.
"Nigeria belongs to me and you, even if we go West, East or
North, we will also come back home because we do not have anywhere else to go.
"Let us leave in love and work together to build this
country for the benefit of us all,’’ she said.
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The first lady decried the rate of recent suicide bombings
in the country, particularly in the North-East, and urged children across the
country to be alert to their environment.
She also urged children to ensure that they report
suspicious movements in their environment to their parents and to security
operatives when necessary.
Jonathan said that it was unfortunate that Boko Haram was recruiting
innocent children to carry out their nefarious activities.
The first lady urged children across the country to remain
focused in their studies and avail themselves of the numerous opportunities the
Federal Government was creating for them.
She said the Federal Government was doing everything
possible to ensure a secure future for children by providing the necessary
Jonathan also said that the Federal Government was improving
on the country`s education system, maternal child care and other amenities.
The first lady said that President Goodluck Jonathan was
working hard to ensure that children across the country realised their
She urged the children to continue to pray for the country’s
unity, development and progress, and expressed optimism that the country would
emerge stronger from its present challenges.
The wife of the president also tasked children across the
country to pray to God to touch the hearts of the abductors of the Chibok
schoolgirls so that they would release the girls.
Those present at the party were the Wife of South Korean
Ambassador to Nigeria, Wife of the Deputy Senate President and the Minister of
Women Affairs, among others.