The Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu, has appealed to fathers in the country to unite to surmount the current economic and security challenges facing the nation.
Kalu made the appeal during a special Sunday Mass held at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja, to mark the 2021 Fathers’ Day celebration.
The Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, described fathers as ‘Soldiers of Christ’ and stressed that they have critical roles to play for the country to overcome her problems.
According to him, though Nigeria is going through some problems, fathers in the nation have a pivotal role to play to overcome those problems.
While tasking fathers to rise up to occasion of defending the church and the nation at large, Kalu extolled them for the roles they perform at home and the society at large.
According to him, fathers exert conscious roles at ensuring that needs of the family are provided.
“Our commitment as Nigerians and fathers shall never be in vain.
“I urge all fathers in the country to put their heads together in the best interest of our nation.
“As a nation, we are in pains as a result of the security challenges that we are passing through.
“Fathers should stand up as Soldiers of Christ and defend the church and Nigeria at large.
“As fathers, we must continue to advocate for peace and unity in diversity beginning from our homes,’’ he said.
The officiating priest, Rev. Fr. Charles Okeke, congratulated fathers on their celebration and acknowledged the roles of fathers in nation building.
According to Okeke, the role of fathers in nation building cannot be over emphasised.
The Catholic cleric, while outlining the benefits of aligning with the Catholic Men Organisation (CMO), urged fathers who were yet to register with the association to do so.g