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Archbishop Canvasses Unity Among Women Stakeholders

The retired Archbishop and Diocesan Bishop of Jos, Most Reverend Dr Ben Kwashi has urged the women to live in unity and stand firm in the Lord.

He said women are the first evangelist of church and they must not allowed fight among them, noting that church cannot move on where there is disunity.

The Bishop gave this admonition at the weekend during the Young Women’s Christian Association of Nigeria 2024, Quadrennial Convention.

The theme of the Convention is “Strength in Unity”, took place at Archbishop Akinde Centre/ Faith Plaza, at CMS Bariga Lagos State.

The Bishop encouraged them with his life story and charged them to pray against the satan and his workers in the church as he spoke to them on the way to unity, cost of unity as well as knowing the mind of Jesus Christ.

He said fighter has no inheritance in God.

Earlier Sanwo-Olu who was represented by Mrs Comfort Adeleke had stated that any initiative or cause geared towards addressing issues affecting women and girls should not and must not be trivialized.

She said this is because women play a key role in socio-economic development and in inculcating the right virtues and values from the home front.

According to her in line with the theme for this gathering; “Strength in Unity,” we are reminded of the power that lies within our collective efforts and shared aspirations.

“Throughout history, women have demonstrated remarkable strength and resilience in the face of challenges and adversities. We have stood shoulder to shoulder, united by our common goals and unwavering faith, transcending barriers and breaking down stereotypes.

“Today, as we gather as a community of empowered young women, let us reaffirm our commitment to unity and solidarity.

“Together, we possess the strength to effect positive change in our communities, our nation, and the world at large. It is through our unity that we can amplify our voices, advocate for justice, and champion the rights of the marginalized and oppressed.

“As Christian women, let us draw inspiration from the teachings of love, compassion, and service.

“Let us be beacons of hope and agents of transformation in a world yearning for healing and reconciliation. Let our unity be a testament to the transformative power of faith and the boundless possibilities that emerge when we stand together in solidarity,” she said.

She explained that in Lagos State, they have over the years recognized the need to empower women in different ways of making them realize that there is truly strength in unity.

She said: “I implore everyone here as we go forth from this convention; let us go with renewed vigor and determination to embody the theme of “Strength in Unity” in all aspects of our lives.

“Together, let us continue to strive for a more just, equitable, and compassionate society, where every woman and girl can flourish and fulfill her God-given potential.

Meanwhile, the First Lady of Plateau State Mrs Helen Mutfwang, said that the state needs prayers as there has been unrest following the Christmas Eve and Christmas attacks and killings by terrorists.

The First Lady who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development of Plateau state Mrs Caroline Dafur, urged the women to pray for Nigeria and the peace of Plateau state saying they couldn’t even celebrate Christmas.

She said that the women should continue to pray for Nigeria and the peace of Plateau state, as they are in need of prayers.

Dafur also encouraged women to continue to walk in love and peace with one another.

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