As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Fathers’ Day on Sunday, Chief Whip of the 9th Senate and Senator Representing Abia North Senatorial district, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has urged fathers to unite to surmount the nation’s current economic and security challenges.
Describing fathers as ‘Soldiers of Christ’, the former Governor of Abia State, admitted that though Nigeria is going through some problems, fathers have a pivotal role to play to overcome those problems.
The Chief Whip made this known in his goodwill message while addressing members of the congregation during a special Sunday Mass held at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja to mark the Father’s Day celebration.
In his address at the conclusion of the Homily, Kalu tasked the fathers to rise up to occasion of defending the church and the nation at large.
He acclaimed the efforts of fathers perform at home in raising citizens for the larger society, adding that they exert conscious roles at ensuring that needs of the family are provided.
“Our commitment as Nigerians and fathers shall never be in vain. I urge all fathers in the country to put their heads together in the best interest of our nation. As a nation, we are in pains as a result of the security challenges that we are passing through.”
Kalu continued, “Fathers should stand up as soldiers of Christ and defend the church and Nigeria at large. As fathers, we must continue to advocate peace and unity in diversity beginning from our homes.”
The ambience of the church was lightened up as Kalu concluded his speech by announcing his donation of over N2 million to the Catholic Men Organisation (CMO), Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) and officiating Catholic priests.
In his response, officiating parish priest, Rev Father Charles congratulated fathers on their celebration, Father Charles acknowledged that the roles of fathers in nation building cannot be over emphasised.
The Catholic cleric also urged fathers to register with the Catholic Men Organisation (CMO) , he lamented the refusal of some fathers in the church to join the organization.
He outlined the numerous benefits of aligning with the forum, while urging unregistered fathers to join the association.
Earlier, the church conferred an award of patrons of the Catholic Men Organisation on Engr. Chief Joe Ezie FNSE and Dr. Emmanuel J. Umoh.