By Rich Odu
The tenth Owerri Diocesan Conference of the Anglican Christian Fathers’ Fellowship (ACFF), which ended last week, turned out an opportunity for sober reflection on what parents are passing on to the next generation.
The four-day conference, among other things, featured the Presidential Address of the Diocesan, Rd. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha PhD, whose presentation explained what each generation owes the next generation.
In his presentation centred on the them of the conference, “Pass It On”, Bishop Okorocha stated that “the prevalence of kidnapping, armed robbery and especially of cultism today in our rural communities is extremely disturbing”.
According to him, the society thought that it had dislodged cultism from schools, colleges and universities but, on the contrary, in the past four years or so, the rural areas, especially, had become their domain, with some cults operating as “churches”.
The bishop indicated that youth unemployment and disillusionment lead to cultism but asked rhetorically, “who passed it on to them?”
He recalled that parents initiate themselves into native cults as youths, or into elitist forms of the same cults as “perm-secs”, or as politicians with special leadership ambitions, or in search of money to achieve political goals and asked, “what will their children do?”
“When parents “work it” for their children to get jobs, or pass exams or gain admissions or get “Green Cards”, by all means, what will their children do?”
He implied that young cultists, in many cases, get their ideas from their parents.
In his sermon at the thanksgiving, last Sunday, the Bishop urged Christians to examine the legacies they are passing on to their children.
He counseled materialistic clergymen to rethink.