By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Thursday advised parents to train their children for the betterment of society
The governor gave the advice while speaking at the 80th Birthday/Holy Communion Service for his mum, Mrs Abigail Omojolagbe Makinde, held at the Oyo State Government House Chapel, Agodi, Ibadan.
Governor Makinde stressed that the foundation given to children in terms of training goes a long way in ensuring that they become useful to themselves and society.
Euologising his mother, he described her as a disciplinarian and blunt woman who says things the way they are, and that he took a little bit of that from her.
“Actually, while growing up, when I saw other kids being given Christmas presents and I went to my mother to request for mine, she would tell me if I did not receive such presents yesterday, definitely I didn’t deserve them today. So, she was blunt to a fault. She says things the way they are and I think I took a little bit of that.” he said
Governor Makinde added, “we were planning a very big event for this 80th birthday but Mama said that should not be. I asked her and she said when my father turned 75, they had a big birthday event for him and he died one year after. So, I think Mama is not ready to die.”
“At 80, my mother is actually not growing old but only getting matured. I pray that she will have many more fruitful years on the surface of the earth.
“On behalf of the family of late Pa Olatunbosun Makinde and the Omorege family from Benin and Akure, I thank all of you and pray that you won’t be found wanting on the day of your celebration. Divine blessings, which are from the Lord, will locate us all in Jesus’ name.”
In his sermon at the birthday service, the Chairman of the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Christian Wing), Bishop Ademola Moradeyo of the Methodist Diocese of Ogbomoso, urged people to always give thanks to God irrespective of any condition they may find themselves.
Bishop Moradeyo stressed that there is the need for people to always count their days and to remember God in all their daily activities, adding that in a country where life expectancy is below 50, it is the grace of God that can make people to clock 80 years on earth.
The service, was attended by top functionaries of the Oyo State Government featured special prayers for the celebrant, her family, and Oyo State.