Honour your parents while you can in the best possible way because they will not always be with you.
The Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State gave this charge on Wednesday at a condolence visit made by the Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) to the Dickson family.
The governor expressed displeasure at the rate of moral decadence in the society which he ascribed to a lack of honour for parents.
In his words; ‘there are certain things we can’t do as humans, specifically when it relates to life and death to which we all surrender to irrespective of status. Though we accept our limitations as humans, while we confront the reality of our mortality, we must as a matter of principle never forget the honour, respect, care and love our parents deserve especially while they are alive.’
The governor frowned at the efforts of some who ought to be leaders but have rather chosen to misguide and misdirected the youths. He therefore urged them to shun all youthful vices and tow the path of peace, humility and service as all actions will be eventually judged by posterity.
‘We must work hard to protect those ancient values our parents transferred to us; values of honour, loyalty, humility, hard work and respect for the elderly. I gave my parents the honour they deserved while they were alive and even now that they have passed on, I still will do same.’
While appreciating the leadership of the IYC for the condolence visit, he charged them not to neglect their primary role of unifying the Ijaw nation being one of the major organs of the Ijaw nation.