The legacy of grace that has successively been the hallmark of the First Ladies of Delta State since the days of Mrs Roli Uduaghan has been reaffirmed by the present First Lady of the state, Deaconess Tabore Oborevwori.
Mrs Oborevwori gave heed to that heritage at the 17th Mothers Arise Annual Prayer Conference that had the theme, “Remember Me Oh Lord.”
The annual prayer conference was institutionalized by Mrs Roli Uduaghan when her husband, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan was governor of the state.
It followed her particular testimony of consecration to God and devotion following the apparent call of God to mobilise the womenfolk of the state.
Mrs Uduaghan had in an interview with Vanguard recalled how following the death of her dad whom she claimed was very close to her she had received many donations including funds to buy jewelry. She, however, in an act of selfless valor redirected the funds to build a house for him. that thought she claimed made her conscious of the fact that the jewelry she had hitherto been much inclined to was like a burden and heavy as the house it had built. That experience which partly redirected her towards a more consecrated life.
That dedication was in part reflected in the Mothers Arise Annual Conference.
Remarkably, Mrs Uduahgan’s successor as First Lady sustained the Mothers Arise Annual Conference for the eight years her husband was governor between 2015 and 2023.
Given the apparent positive impact of the programme, it was no surprise that Mrs Oborevwori has picked up the gauntlet to sustain that heritage.
The theme of the 2024 programme was ”Remember me oh Lord”.
However, in an act of selfless enhancement of the matrimonial cord with her husband, Mrs Tobore Oborevowri instead of whipping up the audience to remember her, asked that her husband be remembered.
She said: ”I want to appeal to all my sisters here to continue to support my husband for his MORE agenda to succeed for us to enjoy the dividends of democracy in our state.
“There is nothing there; all you need is God’s guidance in all you do.
”Because with God, all things are possible and with prayers nothing shall be impossible,” she added.
She urged them to ensure love among themselves.
”This is what defines us as Christians,” she said.
She commended wives of former governors for making the programme an annual event.
”I thank God for giving Mrs Roli Uduaghan this vision and for saying yes to God.
”She ran this programme for eight years and handed it over to my predecessor, Dame Edith Okowa who also ran it for another eight years before handing over to me, today, I’m standing here to take over from my mother and my mentor, Dame Okowa,” she said.
The governor’s wife also commended the ministers, the women who made the event a reality.
Earlier, the Assistant Chaplain of Government House Chapel, Pastor Solomon Nathaniel who took his sermons from the books of Isaiah 49:15-16 and Isaiah 43:26, 41:21, stressed the need for mothers to go back to the old time religion of keeping active prayer alters in their homes.
He also admonished them to be visionary, anticipating what the future would produce, given the kind of seeds being sown into the lives of the children of this generation.