The Most Revd. Henry Ndukuba, Bishop of Abuja Diocese and Primate of All Nigeria has urged fathers to lead and discharge spiritual responsibility at home in order to grow their families in the path of God.
In a message on Sunday in Abuja, to mark the 2023 Father’s Day Celebration with the theme “Transformed Fathers: Transformed Homes,” the primate urged fathers to live exemplary lives for their wives and children to emulate.
He said some fathers had relegated the responsibility of ensuring the spiritual well-being of their family to the mothers, contrary to the teachings of the Bible.
He said it was the responsibility of fathers to transmit the word of God to their families.
“That is what the Bible says and expects from fathers.
Also the Vicar, St Phillip’s Anglican Church, Gwarinpa, Abuja, Ven. Princewill Ireoba advised men to be active and proactive in all endeavors.
He said their actions would go a long way positively or negatively in the family, society, and nation at large.
“Live exemplary lives, so we can build a positive nation.”
He said the church had already started preparing the youth to be responsible men in future.
“We have to catch them young, we have activities lined up for them to follow, with guidelines,” he said.
The Chairman, of Men’s Fellowship of the Church, Sir Macjohn Nwaobiala, said the topic was apt and would go a long way to save homes from destruction.
He urged men to be cautious of their actions as the children were quick to pick up such characters exhibited.
“If a man acts right it goes a long way, and if he acts wrongly, it still goes and long way and may cause more problems ahead,” he said.
He said the men had x-rayed the topic and advised fathers to act right for a transformed society.
In a sermon, Rev. Gibson Udem called on Christian fathers to always be worthy of emulation in all their actions to ensure a better society and to pray always.
While expressing concern over the attitude of some fathers who were fast deviating from fatherly roles, the cleric admonished Christian fathers to always show love and provide for their families.
The cleric called on fathers to shun every form of violence against women and stressed the need for them to bring up their children in the fear of God, to enable them to become responsible citizens of the country.
The vice chairman of the men’s fellowship of the church, Chief Kene Nweke noted that Father’s Day is a day of reflection for men.
“Father’s Day is a period of taking stock of what we have done, what we are doing, and what we are to do as fathers.” He urged Christian fathers to keep representing and living up to the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By Bridget Ikyado (NAN)
Edited by Korede Akintunde (CON)