To mark the 2014 Children’s Day celebration, the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, addressed children at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She used the opportunity to advise Nigerians to stop abusing her husband, instead we should pray for him. Some of the children handed her letters to deliver to Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Though she collected the letters, she revealed that she didn’t know Shekau in person, but she added that she will hand them over to the Chief of Defence staff who in turn will hand it over to Shekau. Read below:
“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.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.”
She also replied the children who handed a letter to her to give Boko Haram:
“Let me thank the children that gave me letter to give Boko Haram. Well, I have received your letter, but I am 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 the NSS or Chief of Defence Staff who will submit your letter accordingly.
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.”