ABUJA – Members of the Mothers’ Union/Women’s Guild, Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Abuja, have urged youths to set themselves as role model for others to emulate.
Mrs Josephine Adekola, the wife of the Sub-dean (Vicar) of the cathedral, made the appeal when she led the women on a visit to students of the Anglican Girls’ Grammar School, Apo, Abuja
The visit was part of activities lined up by the women to celebrate the 2015 Mothering Sunday which comes up on March 15.
Adekola told the students that the Mothering Sunday celebration dates back to the 16th Century and that it was instituted to honour and celebrate mothers for their role in the home and society.
She said that women of the church had over the years visited different establishments such as orphanages, prisons, hospitals, among others.
Adekola said that the women decided to visit the students to remind themselves of when they were students themselves and often looked forward to such visits in their various schools.
She urged them to take their studies seriously, and to be obedient to their biological parents as well as their guardians and the management of the school.
Adekola said they should imbibe the tradition of good conduct during the course of their stay in school.
“Remember that you are mothers of tomorrow; your family needs you, Nigeria needs you; your generation needs you,” she said.
She quoted from 1Timothy 4:12, which says: “Do not let any one look down on you because you are young; but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
“ Remember the children of whom you are and live like an Ambassador of Jesus.’’
Adekola informed the students that the women’s visit received the approval of the Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, who also sent a gift to them through the women.
She said the primate’s wife, who is also the National President of the Mothers’ Union/Women’s Guild of the Anglican Communion, advised them to focus on their studies.
She said this would make them become virtuous women when they grow up.
Responding, Mrs Elizabeth Fidelis, the Vice Principal (Administration), who received the women on behalf of the principal, thanked the women for the visit.
Fidelis said both the students and management of the school were overwhelmed with the demonstration of love and care by the women.
She said that the affection was manifested in the array of gift items presented to them during the visit.
The vice principal wished them a wonderful Mothering Sunday celebration.
In a vote of thanks, Miss Oluwakemi Ladejobi, speaking on behalf of the head girl, thanked the mothers for the visit.
“You have made our day since our earlier scheduled visiting day will no longer hold,’’ she said.
Ladejobi, an SS2 student, said it was the first time such a large delegation of women would be visiting the students with a wide variety of gift items.
The gift items included cartons of milk, milo, biscuits, and soft drinks.
The school , which has a student population of about 800 girls, was established on September 3, 2001, by the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.