By Chinasa Ogbonna
This year’s father’s Day, celebrated last Sunday, was an opportunity for an Anglican cleric to call to order those he referred to as “absentee fathers,” urging them to retrace their steps to avoid the consequences.
Rev. Barr. Festus Opara, the Vicar of St Peter Church, Ikenegbu, who preached on “where are the fathers?” said that many families today suffer “absenteeism and lack of love and care from the men of the house”.
He pointed out that the biblical eve derailed because Adam was not there, regretting that most men have abandoned their responsibilities as man of the house.
Rev. Opara warned that such an act has its punishment, urging the fathers who are not committed to their families or things of God to change their ways.
The cleric said, as heads of families, fathers should love, care provide for, protect, honour and appreciate their families as well as raise a family altar as chief priest of the home, guiding their spiritual growth.
While chiding some fathers who remember the church when in distress, he advised the men to take care of their health to enable to perform their duties, urging the woman and children to support the men.
Speaking at the ceremony, the father’s day coordinator, Dr. Chibuike Nwachukwu, said that the Day serves to reawaken the consciousness of the fathers to their responsibility to the home and church.
Also in his remarks, the chairman of the father’s Day planning committee, Mr. Bill Uchendu, said that the theme of the 2016 father’s day is a clarion call to all men to make themselves available to their families and God.
He urged the church to initiate more programmes and activities that will motivate fathers both physically and spiritually.
The day featured activities such as health talks, indoor visitations and walk for life where the church campaigned against cultism, domestic violence and the need for men to check their prostate.
Highlights of the occasion included cutting of the father’s day cake and decoration of fathers.