The Women in Da’awah (WID) organization has called upon the nation’s traditional and religious leaders to take action regarding the deteriorating family structures within the country,Daily Trust reports.

This appeal was made in a communique issued at the conclusion of the organization’s 16th annual conference and WID’s 20th anniversary celebration, held in Gombe State. The statement was jointly signed by Hajiya Ramatu Musa Sani, the National Vice President, and Hajiya Zainab Umar, the National Secretary.

The conference, which was attended by 400 delegates from 17 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), revolved around the theme: “…and it is He who has made you successors upon the earth and has raised some of you above others in degrees (of ranks), that He may try you through what He has given you…” (6:165).

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The WID highlighted the current threat to family structures, attributing it to the lack of cooperation and commitment between couples, who often prioritize social media and worldly pursuits. They expressed concerns about Western ideologies promoting LGBTQ rights, single parenthood, and gender equality, seeing them as destructive to the family unit and social balance.

The organization stressed the importance of parents fulfilling their responsibilities and the trust given to them by Allah in raising children who will uphold the values of Islam.

During the conference, Hajiya Nana Shettima, the wife of the Vice President, was represented by Dr. Falmata Babagana Zulum, the First Lady of Borno State. Additionally, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, was represented by the Mai Kaltungo, while Alhaji Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, the Emir of Gombe, was represented by Sarkin Malaman Gombe, among other dignitaries.

The WID emphasized the importance of acquiring knowledge in information and communication technology (ICT) in today’s ever-changing world. However, they cautioned against succumbing to the negative aspects of technology.

Regarding leadership and social justice, the organization reminded leaders that it is a divine trust bestowed upon them to guide others towards righteousness and provide support. Leaders were encouraged to exercise firmness while displaying kindness, empathy, and consideration for their followers, with a special focus on the weak and less privileged.

Finally, fathers were urged not to leave the responsibility of child upbringing solely to their wives but to actively collaborate with women to ensure the positive upbringing of their children.


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