Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has urged parents to bequeath the legacy of sound character to their children, instead of riches alone.
He says doing so will mould the lives of their children into responsible and useful members of their families and the society at large.
Vice President Osinbajo was speaking at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Alor in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state, South-East Nigeria, venue of a thanksgiving service for the successful funeral of late Pa Pius Okonkwo Ngige, the father of Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.
He therefore advised the Labour Minister and his siblings to emulate their father, whom he described as a good man that lived a good life.
“We are here to celebrate the life and times of our late father, Pa Pius Ngige. You must all emulate your father, who was a good man indeed. He left good legacies behind for you people, you cannot afford to fail him,” The Vice President advised.
Professor Osinbajo, who condoled with the bereaved on behalf of President Mohammadu Buhahri and the Federal government at the event, prayed for God’s mercy and peace for the entire Ngige family.
He said government has found Dr Ngige a worthy Nigerian and a partner that the Buhari led administration would continue to work with for a very long time.
Earlier, in his message, the Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Arch-Diocese of Onitsha in Anambra state, South-East Nigeria, Most Reverend Dennis Isuzor, sued for cooperation amongst Nigerians.
He admonished citizens of the country, especially politicians to forget their differences and work together for the progress of the country.
“Nigerians must work together; our politicians must forget their differences and unite, in order to enable the country succeed. We must all pray for lasting peace in all parts of the country, because we all belong here,” he said.
Anambra state Governor, Dr Willie Obiano thanked God for the peace and tranquillity being enjoyed in all parts of the state.
He urged the Ngige family not to mourn their late father, whom he said lived a full live span on earth.
Speaking on behalf of the bereaved family, Nigeria’s Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige thanked the federal government and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo for personally gracing the service.
Dr Chris Ngige said their late father invested a lot in their lives by teaching them how to be hardworking, truthful and courageous. He therefore urged others to do same, in order to succeed in life.
The thanksgiving service featured special prayers for members of the Ngige family and Nigeria at large, as well as songs of praise unto God.
The late Pa Pius Okwonkwo Ngige, who died at the age of one hundred and five, was buried on Friday January 22.