–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) -By Albert OGRAKA:
Wife of Delta State Governor and founder, O5 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa, has lamented the orgy of moral decadence among Nigerian youths, saying that much is expected from the foundational upbringing of children by mothers.
The First Lady, while hosting the 15th edition of the ‘Mothers Arise’ prayer conference held on Wednesday, February 02, 2002 at the Government House Chapel, Asaba.
She explained that Mothers in the present generation have failed God in their responsibilities in adequately seeking the Divine will of God for their children’s upbringing.
She however, decried the continuous decline in moral values amongst children and youths in the country, enjoining Mothers to urgently arise in prayers to secure the future of their children.
“The evil going on in our nation today is an open secret, we see things that we are too ashamed to talk about.
“As mothers, our hearts bleed at the level of evil our eyes and ears are witnesses to.
“Things have so declined that we are gradually getting to a point where we are not sure of a tomorrow anymore.
“We desire a tomorrow and we desire to see the generations after us take over from us and that is why we have gathered to pray as mothers.
“There is nothing too difficult for God to do”.
In a sermon, with the theme, ‘Breaking the Cycle of Destruction’, Barr. Kesiena Samson, opinened that the family has abandoned it’s responsibilities and God’s primary purposes, emphasized that the future of the Nigerian youth was at serious stake, admonishing that to raise godly children, every Mother must recognize the responsibility God had placed on her shoulder as a help mate to the man, and be firm to ensure the family succeed.
“This is an age marked and loaded with destruction. The children of this generation are addicted to drugs, they are lazy students who prefer to cheat in examinations, they use faked satanic anointing to deceive people.
“The teenagers have become ritualists who use their mothers as sacrificial lambs to make money”.
Earlier in an a welcome charge, Mrs. Ngozi Bama admonished mothers to brace up to the challenge of raising godly children that would stand for God, but blamed Mothers for the evils being perpetrated by youths in Nigeria as some mothers now aid and abet their children.
She stressed that training children entails teaching them the word of God, modeling righteousness and leading by example.
Ministers of the gospel, including Evelyn Okoma, Pastor Chuks Anizor, Rev. Charles Osemenam and Pastor Greg Onyechie led the congregation through intercessory prayers for youths, fathers, pastors and their wives, traditional rulers, the state and the nation to break the cycle of destruction.
The prayer meeting witnessed intercessory prayers of repentance, mercy and restoration on behalf of Nigeria youths, fathers, the clergy and traditional rulers by over 300 women.
The event which attracted dignitaries from different denominations, including wives of clergymen, political office holders and traditional rulers, had the wives of the immediate past Governor of the state, Deaconess Roli Uduaghan, former Deputy Governor, Mrs Esther Elue and Olu of Warri, Olori Ivie Emiko in attendance.
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