Youths, Catalyst to Bring Transformation and Positive Change – Archbishop Okoh

The Primate of all Nigeria Anglican communion, the Most Rev Nicholas .D. Okoh, has submitted that something concrete must be done to make the dream and desire of making the youth leaders of the tomorrow, putting their feet in proper place so that they can move forward as ordered people in the society. He made this submission at the Holy Trinity Cathedral church of Gwagwalada Diocese, venue of this year’s national annual meeting of the Anglican Youth Fellowship (A.Y.F), a national body directly under his office. Archbishop Okoh said the Anglican church is one, but the Church of Nigeria is facing intense competition, adding that the youth having enjoyed primary, secondary and tertiary education in the Anglican church, go to another church when they should be ploughing back to the church and come back later to wait for death and be buried. He said many of the Anglican products are in the executive cadres with knowledge, money, expertise and energy to do evangelism but made a mistake of leaving the church for another church where they think there are no human beings, where there are only angels, saints, where there are no quarrels, no embezzlement of funds, churches where they cannot ask questions, because according to him the head of their church will say it is blasphemy, a rebellion and sin to ask questions. He said it is an immoral act. Primate Okoh described the Anglican youth fellowship as a virile organization of which he is a bona fide part. He recalled with nostalgic feeling of how the A.Y.F bible study conference was done with passion dedication and purpose. In his speech, the National Coordinator of Anglican Youth Fellowship, Church of Nigeria the Rt Rev Jolly Oyekpen appreciated the Primate and metropolitan of the Anglican communion for his resoluteness to reposition the church in this unrest, competitive age and shouldering the responsibility of showing the youths the right path. He called on the youth to exhibit love, diligence and singleness of purpose as replicates of the much needed catalysts to bring about transformation and positive change. He reminded them to bear it in mind that they have the mandate of taking the fellowship in particular and the church in general to the next level in all matters, pure, honest, and of good report, (Phil 4:8). He warned the youths against manipulations, smartness and worldly wisdom and allow the Holy spirit to guide them always instead of hours of surfing the internet for pornography and other information that do not glorify God. He encouraged the youths to be zealous and win the hearts of their other youth back into truth and stop the deceptions because according to Bishop Jolly Oyekpen, what they are looking for outside is right inside, including miracles, deliverance, tonguing. The Anglican church he said, have it in abundance. The director of youth affairs, the venerable Ben Idume in his presentation said it is the desire of the church for the youth to run their own affairs, especially the young people. He said a situation whereby old people who are considered to be over aged, forty, fifty or sixty years, have denied the church the opportunity of having the young people run their affairs and decide on issues that affect them directly. He opined that by virtue of the new election the leadership of the young people will have a fair competition of programs and ideals in the grassroots, and the vision of the church will be delivered for the people it is meant to reach. It is his considered opinion that the new dispensation will lead the Anglican Youth Fellowship rightly in a new era of testimonies. The outgoing secretary of AYF Mrs Adetoun Onakoya is of the opinion that the organization is viable and with discipline, the present dispensation would be able to use their position and gifts to make the youth organization wealthier than what it is presently, spiritually, financially and in all areas of life, especially in the Missionary Dioceses and church planting. She believes that they will get closer to church authority to impact on about fifty missionary dioceses that have not been penetrated. At the end of the AYF annual general meeting election took place and brother Chuckwebuka Eze emerged the new president of the youth organization while sister Ogechi Oladu was elected the new general secretary. Brother Innocent Worisa was elected treasurer, the auditor brother Hilary Opurun while the financial secretary position went to brother Segun Olarinde and the new publicity secretary is brother Wale Adeleye. Welfare officer male is brother Kingpin Obeyi welfare officer female sister precious Nzebude, prayer coordinator brother Celestine Ezoma, religious coordinator Rev Cannon Nelson Emebeyo and the legal adviser, barrister Richard. All together eighteen positions where vied and voted for in the new dispensation.

By Foluso Taiwo