By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” Benue State First lady, Mrs. Yemisi Dooshima Suswam has urged parents to stand up to the challenge posed by the slide in societal and moral values, especially among the young generation in order to check rising cases of societal ills.
The governorâ€™s wife also regretted that moral values which the average Nigerian holds dear have been jettisoned creating room for moral decadence which has left the society worse off.
Speaking while distribu-ting food items, clothing and other household items to hospitals, orphanages, the less privileged and widows across Benue State as part of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, Mrs. Suswam urged the beneficia-ries of her gesture to remain resolute to excel in life despite the challenges they face.
She particularly counseled widows in the state to desist from seeing themselves as objects of sympathy but to engage in profitable ventures to make a living.
â€œDo not engage in wrong sexual behaviours or make yourselves object of sympa-thy. Believe in God and engage in profitable ventures,â€ Mrs. Suswam advised.
According to her, â€œmy office will undoubtedly continue to support every widow who strives to make a living for herself other than giving themselves to men to survive.
â€œI plead with you to always uphold your womanhood and also ensure that your children are brought up in the way of the Lord. Honestly, I would also advise young widows, if need be, to remarry and desist from jumping from one man to the other, because as you all know we live in dangerous times with strange diseases lurking around.â€
Mrs. Suswam who also urged media men to support her present campaign on societal and moral transfor-mation in the state, noting that the task is enormous hence it cannot be left in the hands of government alone.
Speaking to Vanguard on the First Ladyâ€™s gesture, one of the beneficiaries and a widow, Mrs. Josephine Tersoo, noted that for a long time nobody remembered widows in the state until the advent of the present administration.