As Nigerian Muslims join their counterparts across the world to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitri, some parents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have called for a return to olden days parenting to mold the youths.
They said the country could only develop and become the nation that all citizens dreamt of if youths were trained to commit themselves to national service.
The parents gave the advice in separate interviews with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, in Abuja.
Mrs Ijeoma Thompson, a teacher, who felicitated with Muslims across the country, enjoined faithful to instill in younger ones the virtues of sacrifice, peace, love and tolerance, which were true tenets of Islam and essence of the celebration.
Thompson traced the manifestation of un-Islamic behaviour in some Muslim youths to the abandonment of role modeling by the older generation and called for a re-orientation on parenting and guidance.
Suraju Yusuf, a mechanic at Wuse Zone 5, urged Nigerians to use the opportunity presented by Eid-el-Fitr to demonstrate the spirit of caring, sharing and re-orientation in younger ones.
Yusuf said that would “Stand out as a shining example for youths and children to imbibe in their relationships with other members of society.”
Mrs Mariam Danjuma, on her part, urged Muslims to remain true to faith and their responsibilities; and also maintain support for government towards fulfilling its obligations of building dependable youths.
Danjuma called on all Nigerians to be law abiding and security conscious both during and after the celebration noting that progress and development could only thrive in an atmosphere of peace. (NAN)