Honour wives, children, Diri tells fathers as Obaseki applauds their contributions
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has called on fathers to treat their wives and children with honour and dignity to build successful families.
Diri made the call, yesterday, during the Fathers’ Day celebration at King of Glory Chapel in Government House, Yenagoa.
Represented by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the governor also urged fathers to understand, support, bond together and appreciate their wives and children at all times.
Highlighting the responsibilities of husbands, Diri equally emphasised the need for men to nurture and defend members of their nuclear family physically and spiritually from all kinds of attacks.
He, however, pointed out that honour is reciprocal and advised wives and children to sincerely reverence and obey their husbands and fathers.
He said: “Appreciate your wives and children so they can feel protected and loved. They will also honour you in return. This makes them feel valued. As a husband, the defence you offer is also supposed to be physical and spiritual.
“As wives, you also have a duty to protect the image of your husbands in public. Be within the control of your husbands and watch them.
‘The children’s duty is to give reverence to their parents no matter the circumstances. They should believe that their parents could provide all that is necessary for them to succeed in life.”
EDO State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, in his message, hailed fathers for their roles in holding the family unit together and bearing enormous responsibilities that have contributed to societal cohesion and advancement.
The governor said fathers’ contribution to propagating the ethos of sacrifice, hard work, discipline, and love remains indelible in the sands of time.
“Tasked with the enormous responsibility of providing direction and instilling morals to the family and other relatives, fathers toil daily to make ends meet and juggle different roles such as mentor, leader, protector, provider and breadwinner.
“So much is expected from fathers and their efforts at ensuring stability, harmony and order are not taken for granted. This is why it is refreshing that such a day is set out to pat them on the back as a way of acknowledging their efforts,” he said.