Edo State deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, Sunday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use the Father’s Day celebration to unify the country and save it from further disintegration.
He made the call while serving as the Chief Man Servant at the St. Paul Catholic Church, Airport Road, Benin to mark the Father’s Day celebration.
Shaibu said that when the president and other state governors act as fathers in their respective states, by making the right policies, speaking the right words, it would engender peace, unity and growth and the nation at large would benefit from it.
“This is a remainder of when I was younger as an alter server. Fathers’ Day reminds us that as fathers we should play our role in the society not only at home.
“We are the head of the family and our utterances at home will shapen our family; our utterances will determine whether our children will be positive or negative .
“If our utterances are negative, then just know that we are building a generation of young ones that their utterances will be negative.
“So, the starting point is our home. And as a nation, the president is the father of the nation; the governors are in charge of the states.
“The President should act as a father to the country while the state governors act as fathers to their respective states, and when that is done, prosperity will abound.
“For Chief Executive Officers of Banks, industries should also act fathers in their various establishments.
“When we do all this and stop playing negative at home and at workplaces, then Nigeria will be a better place”, he said.
The state deputy governor maintained that our leaders must play up those things that unite us and play down those with the tendencies to cause division among us as a people and that if such could be achieved, it must have to start from our homes.
“We should amplify those things that unite us, let’s make positive statements at home.
“As a father of a company or an organization, if you refuse to make statements when you need to do it, then just know that you are running the company to bankruptcy or to level of economic instability.
“So, for all of us, as fathers at home, we should play our role just like St. Joseph did to Mary and Jesus. If we can act like St. Joseph in our homes and industries, then all insecurity, banditry and many others will be a thing of history.
“So, today should remind us of our role as fathers at home and various establishments where we find ourselves as the head”, Shaibu said.
While speaking on the issues as they relate to appointing cabinet, he said “very soon we will have a cabinet in Edo State.
“You can see that the process of getting the names has started from the grassroots.
“Our governor will not appoint people from Benin, he prefers that the people should play up the names of those they want to run the states.
“We have started receiving the names and, obviously, in a couple of days, the cabinet will be formed”,.
Earlier in his homily titled ‘Unheard Joseph, the role model,’ Rev. Fr. Edwin Omoregbe said many men have done very well in all facets of life but are not recognized and their little flaws are easily seen and pointed out.
Omoregbe added that men, due to worries of how to meet up with their families’ demands suffer from stroke and other stress-related ailments than the women, adding that owing to that, they (men) must create out time to rest so that they can live longer on earth.
While cautioning them to avoid what he called ‘sidechics’ and mistresses, said though it’s pleasurable but they are recipes for disaster.
The clergyman further advised women to be appreciative of every good thing their spouses have done for them and stop being too quick to point out their errors stressing that with a careful consideration of their husbands deeds, they would realise that they have even done enough more than they have ever expected of them.