BIRNI KEBBI, (Kebbi State) —The Emir of Gwandu and the Chairman Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar has blamed parents on increase in banditry and other forms of criminality in the country.
The emir stated this in his Eid-el-Kabir speech shortly after the completion of two Rakaat prayers at Eid Praying ground in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.
He said most of the criminality being perpetrated in society could be traced to indiscipline and bad societal values and improper parental roles onwards.
“Parents have now abandoned their parental roles and leave their wards in the hands of criminal elements in the society.
” When your child commits a minor offense and you send him away because of that, is tantamount to handing him over to criminal elements in the society.
“Some parents, instead of them praying for their children when they go astray and commit an offense, curse their children and the curse may have negative effects to their children’s lives which may lead to the degeneration of good values on the site of children.
“We should always pray for them; praying for them is praying for our society and our leaders,” he said.
Bashar, who admonished Muslims to imbibe good moral values and properly upbringing their children,, lamented the absence of discipline amongst children and too much greed amongst people as responsible for rising cases of insecurity.
He called on parents to always monitor their children and inculcate good family and societal values in order to maintain peace and unity in society.
“Parents should always look after their children, the discipline of our children should always be our watchword,” he advised.
The royal father also lamented the high level of idleness in the society and advised the populace to engage in skill acquisition and reduce over-dependence on government jobs.
The emir, who prayed for the restoration of peace and unity in the country, enjoined the public to always pray for their leaders to have the wisdom and ability to govern well and the country to prosper and progress.
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