Benin City – As Nigeria joins the rest of the world in celebrating Father Day, Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon.Comrade Philip Shaibu,has advocated the need for parents to imbibe and impact the virtues of Godliness and
moral discipline in their homes, by bringing up their children in the way of the Lord.

He noted that all efforts geared towards dealing with the prevailing issues of insurgency and kidnapping in the country can only succeed, if the right foundation is laid at the level of the family, being the bedrock of the society.


Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon Philip Shaibu leading the Way As a Mass Server at St Paul Catholic church Benin to mark this year Father’s Day Celebration. Photo: Moses Oboh.

According to him, “the starting point of building a nation is by building our homes”,while calling on Fathers to amplify issues that will unite the nation.

“A Father or Leader should not say or do in secret, what he cannot own up to in public, because nothing is secret. If we can act as St. Joseph in the Bible, then the issues of insecurity will be history in Nigeria”, he stated.

Shaibu who served as an Chief Mass Server to mark this year’s Fathers Day, at the St. Paul Catholic Church, Benin City was described by the officiating Priest as a symbol of humility, who has been serving as a Chief Altar Boy in the past five years.

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The Deputy Governor described Fathers as soldiers of Christ, saddled with the task of training up children in the way of the Lord, so that when they are old, they would not depart from doing good.

He urged parents to be agents of unity and love and advised fathers to “work with mothers to build homes that will contribute to the development, peace, and security of the nation”.

” We must continue to build a bottom-up society in which parents draw strength from their homes, just as Leaders draw power not from themselves, or even their office, but the masses”.

He said the Obaseki-led administration has been engaged in the implementation of developmental programs and policies to enhance the economic status of parents, while assuring that the present administration will continue to empower parents to enable them take care of the needs of their children.

Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu (Left) join his wife, Mrs. Maryann Philip Shaibu to receives an award bestowed on her as the Jewel of St. Paul from Rev. Peter Simpa Ammine, Asst Parish/Spiritual Director (Centre) at St Paul Catholic Church Benin as part of the activities to mark this year Father’s Day Celebration. Photo: Moses Oboh

“As a Government, we will continue to create opportunities for wealth creation through the necessary infrastructural facilities that will enhance commercial and economic activities in the State. It is the responsibility of fathers to provide for their homes and we shall continue to create opportunities for self-actualization, to enable fathers play their God-given roles at home and in society at large”, he said.