Governors, cleric, others task mothers on responsibilities, promise empowerment

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday described mothers as harbingers of moral values whose contributions have helped in stabilising the society.He, therefore, challenged them to be alive to their responsibilities by monitoring their children and ensuring they keep the right friends and checkmate their indulgence in cyber crimes and other forms of criminality.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor in Abakaliki, the governor while felicitating with Christian mothers all over the world as they mark this year’s Mothering Sunday, described mothers as the builders of new order, moral and social re-engineering.He said his administration would in the next four years focus on women empowerment to sustain them to be self-reliant and be able to raise their children and families that would be morally sound.

In the same vein, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has lauded the courage, sacrifices and support of mothers in their roles towards nation-building and in uplifting the society. Obaseki, who made the assertion in commemoration of Mothers’ Day yesterday, said: “As we mark Mothers’ Day across the world, I join in celebrating the contribution of mothers and women to societal development. This is imperative because women have shown to be custodians of intricate strings and responsibilities that hold society together and their masterful management of their roles have ensured that we have a thriving society.”

In another development, Christian women in the Anglican Communion, have been called upon to emulate the conduct and character of Abigail, wife of Nabal in the Bible, who pleaded with David to spare her husband and family.Evangelist Nimbe Ayenuyo, who spoke yesterday in Lagos at a church service to commemorate Mothering Sunday, representing the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos West, Rt. Rev. James Odedeji, described Abigail as a woman of a noble character.

She said Abigail did not consider the danger of her life, but mustered courage to meet David with over 300 soldiers coming to fight Nabal and begged him to spare her husband and the entire family.“Women with noble character will do exactly what Abigail did in order to keep their home,” she said.

Also, President of the women organisation of St. Peters Anglican Church, Ijeshatedo, Mrs. Gloria Chibueze, has urged women to be of charitable good character, understanding and meeknese. Chibueze spoke yesterday in Lagos as the church marked Mothering Sunday.

While the General Co-ordinator of the group, Ezinne Evelyn Agwunobi, implored women to be respectful and submissive to their husbands and in return husbands should love their wives, the Vicar of the church, Rev. Canon Emmanuel Chibueze, urged mothers to be disciplined, caring, selfless and patience. Meanwhile, Caleb International School has called on mothers to imbibe Godly principles into their children for a better society.Head of School, Caleb International College, Mrs. Philomena Igweze, who stated this at an event held in honour of mothers and their efforts in the society, said women are nurturers and should focus on amplifying the strength of their children.

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