By Sunny A. David, Awka
The wife of the Governor of Anambra State and founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), Dr. Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has called for the sustenance of selfless giving by Ndi Anambra and Nigerians during and beyond the festive period in furtherance of the teaching to be our neighbour’s keeper.
Mrs. Obiano made the call in her Christmas message in Awka signed by Chief Media Officer, Mr. Emeka Ozumba. According to her, giving is an art to those who are selfless which should be imbibed by all.
She said: “As Christmas ushers the practice of giving and sharing within the community, I am of the view that it should be sustained throughout the year. It is common these days for some to give with the expectation to receive, that is wrong; rather we should give without expecting anything in return because it is sacrificial and ensures that goodwill goes round to the haves and have nots.’’
Mrs. Obiano who is an advocate of Saint Mother Theresa’s call to “Give but give until it hurts,” said that people should not give what they don’t have but can part with what they need in the interest of others who need it most.
She called for charitable living so as to promote amity and oneness among neighbours and ultimately peace and progress in the society.
The founder of CAFÉ said that she is committed in the New Year to the objective of making her NGO the beacon of sustainable empowerment beyond the 4,350 indigent women, widows and youths already trained and equipped for business, but also in promoting the well-being of the less privileged and the whole family.
Meanwhile, as Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Barrister Rita Maduagwu has urged Nigerians to use the period in building bridges of love and true reconciliation.
In her Christmas message, Barrister Maduagwu enjoined politicians and religious leaders to be more statesmanlike, law abiding and place greater interest of the country above personal or sectional interests.
The Speaker appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to include in his 2019 New Year broadcast, the immediate reconstruction of all dilapidated federal roads in the South-East geo-political zone and appoint more people from the zone in his cabinet.
The state number one lawmaker said that since Jesus Christ preached and ensured peace amongst the people and nations, Christians and non-Christians alike should pursue peace at all times and shun acts that could destabilize the country.