By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The President of the first session of the 5th Synod and 2nd Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Anambra State, Right Rev. Samuel Ezeofor, has abolished the existence of local Church helpers in the diocese of Aguata, even as he has made Bible Study every Sunday morning compulsory.
This was disclosed by the President, Aguata Diocesan Council of the Youth Fellowship Nigeria (AYF) Anglican Communion, Bro Moses Nnanyelugo Akam, during the 13th Annual Aguata Diocesan AYF Bible Study Conference at St Peter's Anglican Church, Umunze.
According to Bro Akam, Bishop Ezeofor also urged the youths to desist from idol worship and patronizing masquerades in the diocese.
He asked those serving as local Church helpers now but still interested to apply to formalize their engagement.
Fides reports that Ezeofor has also abolished Church wedding before traditional marriage.
For his part, as President of AYF Aguata Diocese, Bro Akam abolished holding of two positions by one person in the Youth Fellowship, even as he mandated Archdeaconry leaders who were elected for a third term to step down with immediate effect as there was no 3rd term in AYF.
He encouraged them to elect credible leaders to take over from him and other executive members by December 15th, 2018, when his second tenure in office ends, adding that the issue of age, morality, and sincerity would not be compromised.
He cautioned against bringing into the fellowship any kind of inducement or influencing of members in order to win election, noting that God would not take it lightly with any person.
'We must ensure we are not an instrument to that in anyway. I repeat, this is the body of Christ and therefore we must strive to keep away the worldly standard and pattern from this fellowship,' he stated.
The Aguata Diocesan AYF President lamented the wanton destruction of life and property in Nigeria by herdsmen and bandits without the government doing anything to stop the bloodletting, even as he appealed to youths to register and get their PVC's in order to participate actively in the 2019 elections, warning youths to resist being used as tool for evil execution.
Bro Akam thanked Right Rev Dr Samuel Ezeofor, Bishop of Aguata and wife, Mrs Chinyere Hilda Ezeofor; Ven Steve C. Nnadi, Archdeacon of Umunze Archdeaconry; Rev Osita Nwofia, Chaplain, Aguata Diocesan Youth Council; Rev ThankGod Onwuka, Assistant Chaplain, Aguata Diocesan Youth Council; Rev Canon and Mrs Decency Chine, host vicar; Sister Patience Okereke, Secretary Aguata Diocesan Youth Council; Bro Maduabuchi Ofobuike, chairman, Central Planning committee; and Bro Chibuzor Nkwodike, leader, Umunze Archdeaconry, among others, for their support for the success of the conference.
Speaking on the theme of the 3-day conference, ''Power for Exploit'', the chairman of the occasion and President-General, Umunze Progressive Union (UPU), Chief John Akanyeonu, warned youths on the dangers of cultism and other occult groups they patronised to gain power, noting that where one derived power from determined how the person used it. He said that the ultimate power belonged to God.
The President-General advised fellow Nigerians on the importance of permanent voter card and the need to have one as the 2019 general elections drew closer, even as he decried the increasing rate at which Nigerians distanced themselves from acquiring their voter card, despite knowing that it was the only instrument they could use to either retain or oust bad leaders.
On the raving issue of trading votes for money, Chief Akanyeonu described the attitude as miscalculation of value and lack of foresight.
For his part, the Deputy National Coordinator, Southern Nigeria and Leader, Atiku Forum, Amb. Okechukwu Dominic Ofoezie, who was accompanied by the South East Coordinator, Hon Bedford Nwankwo, appealed to the youths to support the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as he had the solution for Nigeria's problems.
Amb Ofoezie commended the Director, Atiku Forum Campaign/National Director and National Leader Atiku forum, Alhaji Umar Pariya, for the great mobilization and galvanizing of support for Atiku's presidential bid, even as he enjoined the Anglican youths to join in the mobilization for Atiku's presidency. He said the insolence and massacre by herdsmen would be a thing of the past should Atiku emerge victorious in the election.
The Vicar of St Peter's Anglican Church Lomu, Umunze, Rev Canon Decency Chine, who conducted the Holy Eucharist, encouraged Anglican youths to serve God in their youth and place God first no matter the situation.
Sis Patience encouraged members to continue to look unto Jesus by perfecting their character towards becoming a perfect man and always be prayerful.
Rev Chibuike Ekwonye, Hon Nnanyere Dim, Comrade Okey Nzeabafor, Chief Osita Okoro, Hon Friday Nwajiaku, and Onyebuchi Nnakwe, were among prominent people that attended the conference.