OZIGBO EXTOLS FATHERS AS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH MARKS FATHERING SUNDAY
Valentine Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) frontrunner in the 2021 governorship election, on Sunday, May 2, 2021, joined the Roman Catholic faithful worldwide to mark this year's Fathering Sunday.
While speaking to journalists at St. Jude's Catholic Church, Fegge, Onitsha, where he worshipped, Mr Ozigbo acknowledged the crucial role that father's play in the family and the society describing fathers as "indispensable providers and protectors of our communities."
"Fathers play a significant role in the family and society. They are the pillars that shape our mindset, character, and intellect from the moment we are born," Ozigbo said.
"There's sufficient evidence to show that an active father figure positively impacts the development of children by way of increased intellectual capabilities, cognitive development, self-esteem, and emotional intelligence.
"One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be the son of a headmaster and catechist, Chief Andrew Ozigbo, a true father with a rare combination of courage, character, and compassion. His impact on my life is immeasurable, and I am who I am today because he raised me," the respected business leader remarked.
Ozigbo urged Christian fathers to emulate God the Father, who loves us unconditionally despite our imperfections. He also called for responsible fatherhood, saying that Nigeria's current challenges need strong leadership.
"At a time when our country is reeling from the twin challenges of insecurity and a shrinking economy, we need to promote responsible fatherhood," Ozigbo declared.
"Fathers need to rise to their responsibilities by providing stability and support to our mothers and our children, playing the indispensable roles of provider and protector, and being positive role models.
"The unique perspective fathers bring to problem-solving should be tapped into to bring lasting peace and prosperity to our land," he said.
Valentine Ozigbo is the immediate past President and Group CEO of Transcorp Plc and Founder of the eponymously named non-profit charity Valentine Chineto Ozigbo (VCO) Foundation has positively touched the lives of over 150,000 people in Anambra State.