Father’s Day is a historical event observed every third Sunday in June in celebration of the relevance of fatherhood and paternal bond of the man, known as the pillar of the family. Today’s celebration is also a reflection of what godly fathers have contributed to the development of individual members of their families, especially the children and community.
Traditionally, the mother is regarded as the one who nurtures the child. The role the father plays is often relegated to the background when compared with that of the mother. Yet, it is common knowledge that the father is just as important for the balanced growth of a child as the mother.
The fact that mothers are the heroines of child rearing does not, by any stretch of the imagination, underscore the fact that father-figure is crucial in the emotional development and well being of a child. Children depend on fathers for their spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social well being. For daughters, Father is the ideal man in the world, the first man they adore and for sons, Father is an idol and the strong man they aspire to emulate.
Children look to their fathers to lay down the rules and enforce them. They also look to their fathers to provide a feeling of security, both physical and emotional. Studies have shown that when fathers are affectionate and supportive, it greatly affects a child’s cognitive and social development. It also instills an overall sense of well-being and self confidence.
Moreso, fathers not only influence who the children are inside, but how they have relationships with people as they grow. The way a father treats his child will influence what he or she looks for in other people. Friends, lovers, and spouses will all be chosen based on how the child perceives the meaning of the relationship with his or her father.
Unlike girls who model their relationships with others based on their father’s character, boys model themselves after their father’s character. If a father is caring and treats people with respect, the young boy will grow up much the same. When a father is absent, young boys look to other male figures to set the “rules” for how to behave and survive in the society which may have a detrimental effect on the child.
I therefore appeal to all fathers and father figures to remain committed towards living up to the desired expectations of their families, communities and society at large by remaining dedicated in raising godly children in order to help curtail most social vices in our society today.
On this special day of celebration of fathers, I wish my dear husband, His Excellency, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike and all worthy fathers of our dear Rivers State, a wonderful Father’s Day celebration!
God bless and keep you and your families.
From Her Excellency,
Mr. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike,
The Wife of His Excellency,
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON. GSSRS. POS Africa.
The Governor of Rivers State.