… warns Anglican Youths not to be tool in hands of politicians
National Council of the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF), Nigeria has ended its 61st annual National Youth Conference in Awka with a charge on all their over two Million (2,000,000) registered members across Nigeria to obtain their Permanent Voters card (PVC) to enthrone a God fearing leadership for the country in 2019.
The 5 day conference tagged ‘’Awka 2019’’ with theme ‘’Power for Exploit’’ started on 8th August and ended on 12th August, 2018 at Paul University, Awka. Grand Patron AYF Nigeria, the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh who is also the Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion was represented by the host and Anglican Bishop of Awka Right Reverend (Dr) Alexander Ibezim.
Most Rev Nicolas Okoh warned youths to desist from any act that could cause violence during the 2019 general elections in Nigeria but rather use their PVCs to vote for candidates of their choice.
The Archbishop handed the warning at Paul University field in Awka, Anambra state during the 61st Annual National Bible Study Conference of the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) which has over 3000 participants across the country in attendance.
The theme of the week long programme is; “Power for Exploits” taken from Acts 1:8.
Archbishop Okoh said: “Our nation today is marred by violence, killing, kidnapping, robbery, political recklessness, wicked rascality and other similar hitches. You must be very careful in all your activities. You must make sure you are not involved or become a tool in the hands of the evil people. It is a sin for anyone to be used as political thugs. Do not kill or allow yourself to be killed.
Vice Chancellor of Paul University, Awka, Venerable (Prof) Uche Isiugo-Abanihe who was represented by Ven. Gift Ohakwe while welcoming the delegates at the conference stressed on the need for the youths to resist the negative characteristics of the present time, which he said, included immorality, sexual abuse, homosexuality and prostitution.
The Chief Host, Bishop of Nnewi and Archbishop on the Niger, Most Reverend (Prof) Godwin Okpala , OON as well as Ven Osazee Egbenusi, National Religious Coordinator ; Bro Ogunnubi Gbenga, National Public Relations Officer; Bro Aghogho Igho, National Secretary and Bro Brown Lloyd, National President and Right Reverend Jolly Oyekpen, Ven Prof Uche Isiugoabanife , Vice Chancellor of Paul University, Awka ; Administrative Secretary to Anglican Bishop of Awka , Ven Onyinyechukwu Ilione; AYF outgoing National President, Bro Chukwuebuka Eze, Outgoing National Secretary, Sis Ogechi Chima Anyaku; a renowned priest of God, Ven Gift Ohakwe, Archdiocese of the Provincial Chaplain , Revd Osita Nwofia; Awka Diocesan Chaplain Reverend Nnamdi Ajaoku; a school Administrator and Chaplain of St Pauls’ College Awka, Ven Ifeanyi Umeh; AYF National Coordinator and Bishop of Akoko Edo diocese among others were either there on ground or were represented.
In an interview, a former National Vice President and Pioneer President of Province 11 , Prof Ifeanyi Ezeaku encouraged the AYF youths not to relent in prayers and hard work as the two remained the key to surmount all challenges in life and unlock blessings in abundance.
Prof Ezeaku said the conference was an eye opener for him as he experienced that youths are still zealous to serve God in their youths in line with the motto of AYF….towards a perfect man.