By Cynthia Igbokwe
The wife of the ArchBishop, Province of the Niger and Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Awka, Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim, has frowned at government’s insensitivity towards insecurity in Nigeria.
Mrs Ibezim who noted that Nigeria had grown beyond measures over the years for the cases of unprecedented insecurity and hardship in the nation, said that kidnapping, killings and banditry, were daily news in Nigeria.
Mrs Ibezim stated this last Sunday during the marking of International Women’s Day celebration and Mothering Sunday at St Faith Cathedral, Awka, where she described Mothering Sunday as a day set aside to honour mothers.
She called on government at all levels in Nigeria to establish laws abolishing harmful cultural practices against women in society, while she noted that some cultural practices, such as female genital mutilation, were not only harmful, but dehumanizing to women.
She called on women to rise and speak against the wrong cultural practices, stressing that women were created in the image of God and should not be subjected to most harmful cultural practices prevalent in the country.
Mrs Ibezim reminded the women of the privilege of being mothers, noting that mothers were specially celebrated by the Church on a special Sunday called refreshment Sunday.
Mrs Ibezim maintained that God assured his people to be of good cheer and be steadfast in midst of trials, reminding them that human beings were bound to face challenges because they were in the world filled with tribulations and persecution of Christians.
She summed it up by urging mothers to embrace Christ and pray fervently to overcome the challenges of the world.