31 July 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity - Presbyterian Women Hold Peace Conference

Worried by the spate of insecurity in the country, the Presbyterial Women's Guild, Abuja North Presbytery (PWGANP) of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, will on Thursday begin a four-day prayer and peace conference.

The association's 9th Annual Conference, which will be attended by all the women from the six parishes of the presbytery, Kubwa; Dutse; Gwagwalada; Madalla; Suleja and Minna, will take place at Unity High School, Kubwa, while the Sunday thanksgiving service would hold at the church auditorium at Gado Nasko Road.

The conference, with the theme, "A Wise Woman, the Home Builder," will, among other activities, feature health education, solution to marital problems, communication skills.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP during a pre-conference chat, president of PWGANP, Elder Grace Essien, said it became imperative to organise the conference so that Christian women would have the opportunity to collectively cry to God, especially in the face of continued insecurity in the country. She added that the theme was chosen because the responsibility of building the family lies on the women as mothers, saying that mothers must inculcate good moral values to their children.

"Mothers have the responsibility to build moral values in their children so that the society will be peaceful. Our children and husbands are being slaughtered on a daily basis while we seem helpless. It has, therefore, become very important that we organise this conference and pray to our God. And we believe that our God will hear us and restore peace to this great country. Nigerians are tired of losing their loved ones. We also want to worship our God without fear," she added.

Essien also called on the restive Nigerian youth and their sponsors to eschew all acts of destruction of lives and property and get closer to God to build a truly peaceful nation.

She said, "Nigerians should know God and worship him in truth and faithfulness. When Nigerians truly know God and obey his commandments, these senseless killings and destruction of valuable properties will stop."

She also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to do everything humanly possible to restore peace to the nation, adding, "President Jonathan should have focus as a leader of the people. He should not let anything distract him."

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