BY RAPHAEL ONYEKACHUKWU, ENUGU – Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Dr Nnwaneka Ekweremadu, have called for greater show of love among Nigerians as they celebrated the festive season with about 250 widows from Enugu West Senatorial District at their Enugu residence.
It was an exciting moment for the Christmas guests as they all smiled home with various gift items in what has become an annual tradition for the Ekweremadu family since 1997.
The widows, compromising 50 each from the five local government areas in Enugu West senatorial district, attended this year’s celebrations and everyone of them went home with N10,000, a bag of rice and wrappers.
Speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Senate President’s wife, Dr Nwanneka Ekweremadu said reaching out to widows during the festive period has remained the family tradition over the years.
According to her, “We also make a point to reach out to the less privileged; this is with a view to give back to society.
She enjoined all people of means to cultivate the habit of giving to others who are not so privileged.
In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu described the spirit of sharing and togetherness as an African tradition that generates happiness and ensure social stability in the absence of a formal social security mechanism that caters for the less privileged in our society.
“I grew up in a system with an in-built social security policy. You know in the advanced world, there is a social security network that takes care of the old and vulnerable, the unemployed, and the poor and so on, but here, our system does not make allowance for that.
“I grew up in a system that has an in-built social security mechanism where we are our brother’s keepers; where we cater for each other. If you don’t have yam, you share from the one of your neighbour and you can go to your neighbour’s house to get light and lit your house and when somebody gets admission to university, people contribute money to ensure the person gets the education.
“Everybody’s problem in those days was each other’s problem but as the society progressed, some of those attributes of our community began to dwindle. But some of us believe that we have to keep and sustain the tradition, especially given that government has not come up with a defined social security programme for the people.
“It is important we ensure that everybody counts; that everybody enjoys the good things of life; that whatever God has given you, you need to find a way of sharing it with the rest of society. This way, we can generate happiness and help secure our system,” he said.
The widows were all full of joy and prayed for God’s guidance and protection over the Senator and his family