By Joseph Erunke – Abuja
Senator Rochas Okorocha has attributed the nation’s ongoing security and economic problems to what he described as “injustice and failed family system.”
The former governor of Imo State, who noted that the development was fueled by indifference to the role of women in nation building by politicians, insisted that for Nigeria to navigate its way out of the challenges, women must not only be empowered but also carried along in governance and policy making.
According to the Senator representing Imo West, the collapse of family values and system gave rise to insurgency, banditry and youths restiveness, adding that a safe and prosperous society begins with the home.
The former governor who spoke while receiving an Award of Excellence from the United Business Women Association of Nigeria and Diaspora, noted that women have a critical role to play in the security of the country by impacting moral and family values in the children.
“A woman is a special creation by God, women are givers and custodians of life, nations that ignore their women are considered failed nations,while nations that make good use of their women are called developed nations.
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“So if Nigeria must rise again, then we must make a turn around and look at the women. If we don’t carry the women along we are in for a very serious trouble”,he said .
He argued further that, “if any nation must get it right it has to start from the family. It is the bad family system that we have today that has given rise to insurgency and other criminality in the country.
“No sane woman who gave birth to a child will allow the child to go astray.
According to him: “The problem is that we have not taken care of the women and we have not empowered the women. Whatever you give a woman is what you get in return.
“While we men have succeeded in dividing this country along religious and ethnic lines, the women have remained a force of unity.
“For as long as we have not empowered the women in the house to give us good family, for as long as our politicians continue on the path of injustice, insurgency, kidnapping will never stop”.
Earlier while presenting the award, the President of the association, Mrs Nkiruka Madu, said the former governor was selected for the award as a result of his philanthropy, especially the empowerment of women and free education for indigent children across the country.
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