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Anglican Women Conference tell Buhari to prioritise security

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By Lawrence Nwimo

The Anglican Women Conference, Diocese of Awka, Province of the Niger, has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to make security a priority in his administration; especially by addressing the attacks by herdsmen on farmers and their farms.

It said there was a need for government to be more proactive in the security of lives and farms of Nigerians, as women and children are the most vulnerable in security and food concerns. 

In her presidential address during the 35th Awka Diocesan Women Conference, held at St. Mark’s Church, Aguluzigbo, Anocha local government area of Anambra state, with the theme: “The Name of the Lord is a Great Tower,” the president, Mother’s Union and Girl’s Guild, Diocese of Awka, Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim, said herdsmen attacks on farmers across the nation created room for worries, security and food concerns.

Chioma, also wife of Archbishop Alexander Ibezim said, “There is a need for government to be more proactive in the security of lives and farms of Nigerians, as our women and children are the most vulnerable in security and food concerns. The government can do more to restore the confidence of farmers this farming season.

“Nigeria has gone down badly in the security of lives and property. Blood is wasted everyday in the North, South, East and West. We call on our president and the political leadership to priotize security, and restore the hopes of mothers and children in the country.

“Without adequate security of lives and property in Nigeria, no meaningful development can take place. Business thrives in a secure environment. Academic works in higher institutions and even in the middle and lower schools take place effectively when the environment is secure,” she said; adding that sound education does not take place where kidnapping, cultism and all manner of vices occur.

Speaking during the event, wife of Anambra state governor, Ebelechukwu Obiano, commended Archbishop Ibezim and his wife, Chioma, for their dedicated mission in empowering women in all ramifications; as well as their uncommon interest in the growth and development of women in her diocese and province, by engaging them meaningfully in skill acquisition, trade and education. 

Represented by the former chairman, Post Primary Schools Service Commission, Anambra State, Lady Joy Ulasi, Obiano charged the women to step up their prayer lives, as, according to her, the society was facing turmoil and it is only women who are deeply rooted in prayers that can overcome all.

The state’s commissioner for women and children affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, praised Archbishop Ibezim for remaining dedicated to issues concerning women, while also commending the Archbishop’s wife, Chioma, for her steadfastness in championing the course of women.

Earlier in his sermon during a church service to kick-start the conference, Archbishop Ibezim encouraged women to pay more attention to the responsibilities of motherhood and child upbringing. He said the theme of the conference was very captivating, telling women to look up to God. 

According to him, only the righteous and those whose foundation were based on salvation given by Jesus would see God, adding that women should go back to re-examine their lives, and to train their wards in the virtues of Christian faith.

The chairman, 2021 Diocesan Women Conference, Prof Lady Christy Okoye, encouraged mothers to empower their girl-children with education, morals and other spheres of life, so that they do not go stray; even as she told the women to make their female wards their close friends and to monitor their movements.

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