Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said insecurity will be minimal in the country if parents become more responsible in the upbringing of their children.
He said while government will continue to strive to make society better, parents must take their responsibility of nurturing responsible citizens more serious than ever before.
Governor Wike, stated this during the solemnization of holy matrimony between Pearl Ile and Bobby Elechi at St Peter Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom deanery, Port Harcourt.
The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Engineer Emeka Woke, said he and others who attended the wedding did so because the couple have distinguished themselves as responsible citizens.
“We believe that if parents are responsible in the upbringing of their children, then the society will be responsible, and the responsibility of government to tackle insecurity will be minimal.”
Governor Wike said that if the couple were members of any of the notorious militant gangs, kidnappers, gun wielding terrorists like Boko Haram, responsible citizens who graced the wedding ceremony would have stayed away.
“If Bobby and his wife were not responsible children, if they had not followed the upbringing, the discipline, training given to them by their parents, I am sure you will agree with me that we won’t have gathered here. “
The governor urged the couple to ensure that their offspring imbibe the moral principles and virtues their parents inculcated in them.
The governor advised the couple to put into practice all the teachings of the church, particularly during marriage counseling. According to him, God’s word concerning marriage is very explicit in the scriptures.
He described the father of the groom, Sir Mike Elechi as a dependable, reliable and staunch political ally who have always supported his political career.
Governor Wike also attended the marriage engagement ceremony between Dr. Orowhuo Okocha, son of former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze C.J. Okocha (SAN) and Miss Tamunodiepriye Sekibo, daughter of former Minister of Transportation, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, in Port Harcourt.