President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigerian parents and guardians must uphold family values in order to rebuild society.
He stated this at the wedding of Mr. Jachimike Ikpeazu, son of Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, in Umuahia, Abia State, on Sunday.
The President who was represented at the occasion, by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah, attributed the problems facing the nation to the diminishing emphasis on the importance of family values.
Buhari lamented that parents and guardians who should inculcate good character in their wards have abdicated their responsibility.
He said, “Marriage is family value, character. The reason why there are issues in society today is because families are broken. When values are enshrined in families, the entire society will be good.”
Buhari charged the couple to build their family on the word of God, have a regular family altar of prayers, and give attention to building enduring character.
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs Rachael Umahi, enjoined the couple to love and respect one another in order to enjoy their union.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal and several other dignitaries on Sunday attended the wedding of Mr. Jachimike Ikpeazu in Umuahia, Abia State.
The groom, who is the son of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, wedded his heartthrob, Miss Thelma Chidinma, at the International Conference Centre in Umuahia.
Apart from Wike and Tambuwal, other governors who attended the wedding include: Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), David Umahi (Ebonyi) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State).
Also at the event were the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi and national secretary-elect of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Sam Anyanwu.