By Amaka Olua
The Catholic Men’s Organization (CMO) has held a leadership training for three deaneries in the diocese, with the theme, ”That Man Is You”. The training which took place on August 25, 2019 at St Matthew’s Catholic Church Amawbia, centred on the four leadership roles of men, and was attended by Awka, Nimo and Adazi Deaneries.
The Chaplain of Awka Diocesan CMO, Rev Fr Jerome Okafor, highlighted the four leadership roles of men in the family to include political leadership, economic leadership, moral leadership and military leadership, stating that the consequences of failed leadership caused disharmony and crises in the family.
He said that moral leadership attracted progress in the family, noting that living in peace brought God’s blessings.
Fr Okafor who said that David’s leadership failure caused him to lost his relationship with God, said that when people were not on good terms with God, they lost their good relationship with God, thus allowing the devil to sow seeds of disharmony in their homes.
He maintained that when couples were of different faiths, the possibility of divorce increased.
He said that divorce affected the lives of the children, leading to crimes, mental illness, misbehaviour, as well as dropping out of school. He also stated that divorce significantly increased depression and could lead to suicide.
He therefore advised them to be the pillar of their various families. He maintained that God created the union of man and woman to be the channel by which he blessed the world, noting that when the family was united their income increased.
Speaking at the training, Bro Uchenna Malife exhorted the participants to live in peace and in union with God before correcting others going astray. He advised fathers to be dedicated and put God first in whatever they did.
For his part, Rev Fr Henry Oduanyi commended Fr Jerome for dedicating his time to be with the CMO members on their leadership training. He also appreciated the CMO members for initiating the programme, which, he said, would help to enlighten them to carry out their duties as heads of their families.
He charged them to put in practice whatever they learnt from the leadership training and not to relent.