By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu, Awka
The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has admonished youths to shun unbridled quest for materialism and embrace hardwork, honest labour as well as patience, even as he described life as a gradual process.
Bishop Ezeokafor gave the admonition at Saint Mark’s Catholic Church, Abagana,in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State while commissioning Regina Nwankwu Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) Skills Acquisition Centre, expressed deep concern over what he described as a mad rush for quick wealth by the youths.
The outspoken Cleric said that the facility would offer young people the opportunity to gradually grow and develop, noting that those who made it in life did not rush it.
‘Life grows gradually and everything grows gradually too. People who made it in life did not rush it. If you rush it, you crash. When you crash it is always very devastating. You grow gradually. What is needed is consistency in trying to make genuine effort.
‘We thank those who provided the Skill acquisition Centre. We are happy. I believe if our young people should emulate outstanding role models and avoid Yahooism, Mkpurummiri and the rest. Let us learn to follow a humble beginning and climb gradually,’ Bishop Ezeokafor charged.
The Prelate said that the current wave of money rituals, yahooism and other atrocious acts being witnessed today called for serious worry, noting that it should be condemned by well-meaning Nigerians, adding that successful people passed through lots of hurdles before they got to the top.
‘All we hear every day is ritual killings all over Nigeria. Young people should take life easy; they should understand that Rome was not built in a day. Slow and steady wins the race. Hard work pays. There’s no gain money ritual,’ he said.
He emphasized that the idea of hurrying to become something overnight will never help, warning against the consequences of forcing nature and toeing such path.
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