–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Albert OGRAKA:
Wife of Delta State Governor and founder of 05 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa, has described women as custodians of norms, values and builders of homes, thereby encouraging them to be adherents of Biblical Esther for positive change in the society.
The governor’s wife, who hosted Wives of Traditional Rulers in Delta State to an annual Yuletide treat at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba on Thursday, 5th December, 2019, enjoined the Royal mothers to sustain their roles as positive change agents by imbibing valuable Bible principles in the administration of their domains.
“You are not just wearing Crowns because of your beauty. God made man and created a help-mate for him, your assignment is to see your husband succeed. You should rise up to the task of making a change. God is asking me to tell you what will make your Kingdom better.”
While encouraging them not to misuse their authority in assisting the Traditional Rulers to succeed, she encouraged them to instead be genuine advocates of God’s standard as it concerns Queens in the Bible.
“Instead of encouraging your husbands into wicked acts, ensure that they engage in good deeds which will outlive their reign.”
Dame Okowa however, expressed concerns on the present decadence among youths and berated mothers who give support to their Children to venture into criminal activities, reminding them that they are only custodians of such children and will give account to God on how they catered for them.
She therefore preached the message of repentance and Christ to the Royal Mothers, urging them to seek Jesus and be contended with what they have because “knowing Jesus gives satisfaction”.
Earlier, in her welcome address, the Director General, O5 Initiative and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Oghenekevwe Agas thanked the Royal Mothers for their attendance, adding that, it was another opportunity for them to offer their advise as it concerns affairs in the state and celebrate the Christmas with the wife of the Governor.
In a sermon by Mrs Kessiena Samson, Wives of Traditional rulers were enjoined to have an understanding on why God chose them to be Queens, “out of thousands, you were picked to make a difference. The Lord made you queen for the sake of your people, you have the opportunity to affect your Kingdom positively.”
Taking her key scriptural text from the book of Esther 2:15, She urged them to emulate the leadership style of Queen Esther and preach Christ in their Kingdom, advising that, they should go against vices perpetrated by evil doers and not conspire with their husband to do harm to the people or stir him to indulge in wickedness just as Queen Jezebel did with King Ahab.
Wife of Uvwie Monarch, Queen Patricia Sideso in a vote of thanks on behalf of the Royal Mothers, appreciated Dame Okowa for always showing care to them and prayed that she will not grow tired even as they look to December 2020 for yet another gathering. “Our Daughter, thank you very much.”
High Point of the get together was the symbolic presentation of Christmas packages by Dame Edith Okowa to the Queens.