Wife of the President Mrs Aisha Buhari, and wife of Lagos State Governor Mrs Bolanle Ambode have urged women to build strong family values.
This was their submission yesterday at the 16th National Women Conference organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Government Officials (COWLSO).
Mrs. Buhari, represented by the wife of Imo State Governor, Nkechi Okorocha, said lack of strong family values had contributed to the rise of social vices in the country.
“Poverty, crime and decline in school performance are some of the challenges a country could face when families are not cohesive,” she said.
The President’s wife commended COWLSO for organising the conference.
In her welcome address, Mrs. Ambode said the theme for the conference: ‘Strong Family, Strong Nation,‘ was carefully chosen in recognition of the fact that the strength of a nation was linked to the strength of its family units.
“When family units are bound together in love and children are raised in the fear of God and high socio-moral values, it begets a good and peaceful society and country, and social vices are reduced,” she said.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the importance of the family unit to the development of the nation was not in doubt. He added that emphasis must be placed in the commitment towards strengthening the family unit and building strong moral values.
He said: “The importance of the family unit to the development of any nation is not in doubt. The family is the foundation and smallest unit of any nation.
“The heart and conscience of a nation is formed, to a large extent, in the family. However, the issue is the amount of commitment we, in our individual capacities and as a nation, have shown towards strengthening the family unit.”
In his short speech, Ajimobi said: “To build the world right we must first build the nation, to build a nation we must build the family. The wife is the foundation and bedrock of the family and for a man to be successful the woman must be everywhere around him.”
Aregbesola, on his part, said women play important role in building the foundation of the society.
“Family reflects community and the woman is the foundation of life and the basis of human existence.”