Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in the Nigeria today celebrate Fathers’ Day. The International Fathers’ Day is set aside by churches to remember and cherish fathers for their roles in the family and society at large. In an interview, the Methodist Archbishop of Enugu Arch Diocese, the most Reverend Christopher Ede, advised fathers to rise up and fulfill their God’s given responsibilities in their homes.
The Presbyter in-charge of Wesley Cathedral, Uwani Enugu, the Reverend Joel Ekwe, said the day should remind fathers that they were created in God’s image and likeness. Also, the chairman men’s fellowship Wesley cathedral, Elder Martin Nnaji and another member of the church, Elder Sam Aniezethanked God for giving them the gift of life to see another fathers’ day.
A member of the church, Mrs. IjeomaAnimba prayed for Gods assistance and grace towards fathers. Also at the Cathedral Church of Good Shepherd, Independence Lay-out Enug, the Archbishop Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwumaencouraged fathers to bring up their family in godly ways.
The Most Reverend Chukwuma urged fathers to monitor activities of their children. He called on government at all levels to address the current economic hardship facing the country. The Archbishop used the occasion to pray for peace and unity of the country. Similarly,the Right Revered Jonas Iheanacho of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Saint Andrews CathedralUwani, Enugu, advised fathers to be the leaders in the family.
The Reverend Iheanacho while speaking on the theme “Building Men for the Unstoppable Church” called on fathers to seek the face of God to solve the problems confronting the country. In an interview, three members of the congregation, Elder David Ngwee, Mr. Ifeanyi Onwuka and Elder NgoziMbawho spoke with Radio Nigeria urged all fathers to be committed in playing their role in their families.
The event featured special thanksgiving by the fathers who also entertained members of the congregation.
EDITH AJAH, JULIENT UGWU AND OBIORA EZE