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First lady wants children to be security consicious

01 October 2014, 20:17

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 infrastructure.

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 potential.

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.

 - NAN

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