As Nations celebrate the year 2024 National Hug Day, a call has gone to Nigerians to jettison wars, terrorism, banditry and hatred and hug one another for peace and tranquility to flourish.
Interacting with our correspondent in Umuahia, the President General of Ahuwa-Oboro autonomous community Ikwuano L.G.A, of Abia State, Engr. James Nnadozie Uchegbuo advocated that the event should also be recognized and celebrated globally to bring reconciliation and induce spirit of forgiveness among individuals, groups, nations and other world bodies.
Engr. James Nnadozie Uchegbuo.
Uchegbuo who is also the President General of a sociocultural organization known as Igbo Vanguard Group, decried that most communities are at loggerhead with their leaders and this according to him has limited development and endangered the security of such areas.
Uchegbuo said, “Considering what is happening in the Middle East, Iran and Pakistan; Israel and Palestine; Ukraine and Russia; China and Taiwan; Burkina Faso and other African nations, there is an urgent need for all to embrace teachings of the National Hug Day and return to the path of peace for the development of the society.
Speaking also, a consultant orthopedic surgeon at the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia and the founder of The Straight Child Foundation, TSCF Dr. Peace Amaraegbulam, buttressed further that medically, hugs are good for health.
Dr. Mrs Peace Amaraegbulam.
According to her, hugs are reported to release the “feel well” hormone, oxytocin, in the body, and, “This causes calmness and relaxation”.
Also speaking, a clergyman and General overseer of Light of the World Spring Church Assembly, Umuahia, Apostle Hillary Israel, who also observed that the day “reminds us of the positive impact of a warm embrace and the importance of human connection”, called on the ethnic, tribal and religious groups in Nigeria to embrace National Hug Day for the progress of Nigeria.
Apostle Hillary Israel, who is also the candidate of Action Democratic Party, ADP in the 2023 House of Assembly election for Umuahia North State Constituency, who cited respectively the Bible books of Luke chapter 1 verses 41 to 42; and 1 Samuel chapter 20 verses 41 to 42, said this can be achieved in consonance with the Biblical dicta dictum and God’s injunction to man to be “your brother’s keeper and to love your neighbour as yourself”.
Apostle Hilary Israel.
Celebrated annually on January 21st, National Hug Day, also known as National Hugging Day, created by Kevin Zaborney in 1986 in the United States, is a heartwarming holiday that encourages people to express their affection and care for one another through the simple act of giving hugs.
It is a day dedicated to celebrating the power of hugs and their ability to bring joy and comfort to both the giver and the receiver. It’s a reminder that even a brief hug can create a meaningful and positive connection between individuals.
Zaborney believed that the month of January, with its post-holiday blues, was the perfect time to spread warmth and happiness through the act of hugging. His goal was to encourage people to express their feelings more openly, and the idea of a National Hug Day was born.