By Nick Chibunna
The Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru has rounded off a holiday programme for students under the auspices of Christ Young Stars (CYS) a unit of the women organization of the diocese.
The programme, which took place in various parishes and archdeaconries, was concluded with a four-day camp meeting at Bishop Cockin Church Centre (BCCC) Atta, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.
A brain child of the wife of the Bishop, Mrs. Anulika Maduwike JP, the annual event was designed to inculcate moral and spiritual values into the youths comprising students and undergraduates of tertiary institutions.
Speaking on the theme of the 2017 programme, “Give Jesus a place in your life”, the Rector of BCCC, Ven. Dr. Nwora Nwigwe, enjoined the youths to be wary of pear pressure that could lead them to sin.
Ven. Nwigw, as well as Rev. Bethel Uche who also spoke in the same vein, urged the youths to shun lust and immorality that are rampant today.
They were also asked to respect and honour their parents, their elders and those in the position of authority, in order to live long and make progress in life.
The speakers lamented that the present youths neither fear God nor man, hence iniquity has taken the centre stage. They denounced such vices as, greed immorality, kidnapping, restiveness, laziness and others, and implored the youth to have a change of attitude.
The four-day grand finale which drilled the participants on sound moral character, also examined students on core school subjects like, Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) and others.
There was also debate on, “Advantages and Disadvantages of social media”.
Speaking to Christian Voice after the programme, the Diocesan Coordinator of the unit, Lady Happiness Oparaji, observed that there had been a steady increase in the students’ participation since the unit was formed.
She said that the unit started with only 50 students a few years ago, but today had registered almost 1,000 students, including the undergraduates.
She thanked the Bishop’s wife, Mrs. Anuli Maduwike, for her foresight. She also thanked other unit coordinators for their support, adding that the success story is as a result of team work.
Lady Oparaji said that a programme like this could go a way to curb moral decadence. She, however, blamed some parents and government for not giving the youths the attention they required, while at the same time plead with religious leaders to come to the rescue.
The highpoint of the event was presentation of prices to winners of the various sporting and academic activities.
On the debate topic, the Diocesan coordinator said that social media have exposed the new generation of youths to new knowledge, but was quick to add that its numerous disadvantages include distractions and new wave of moral laxity.
The event takes place for undergraduates in May/June and August/September for Secondary school students.