As families throughout Ondo State and Nigeria at large gather to honor mothers today, the Wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has restated the need for a gender balanced society.
She made this known during a service organised to mark the 2019 Mothering Sunday at the Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Owo.
Appreciating all women who have played important roles of mothers in our lives, including the commitment of foster and adoptive mothers who have taken on the responsibility of caring for children who are less privileged around their communities, the mother of the Sunshine State, Arabinrin Akeredolu, noted that gender balanced society is important for societal development.
She stressed that the call is on for the gender-balanced society as it is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
While commenting on the sermon by Very Rev R.O.A Agboola, the First Lady urged husbands to be more attentive to the needs of their wives.
“Marriage is a partnership. Our husbands should not relegate their wives to mere domestic slaves. Men should also help their spouses.
“Women subjugation is a mere societal construct. If society could make us believe that women are inferior to men, we, the inhabitants of present day Nigeria, can also correct this false notion.”
Earlier in his sermon, titled Christian Family, Very Rev. R.O.A Agboola called on the congregation to always commit their families into God’s hands as this, he concluded, would help to ensure peace and prosperity in their homes. He also lauded the First Lady for her numerous contributions to women development within Ondo State.
Highpoints of the event featured the conferring of the honour of Mother of the Priest on Arabinrin.