By David Okpala/Stella Okpala
Ekwulobia (Aguata LGA), Dec. 2, 2020 (MOI) Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Samuel Ezeofor has enjoined outgoing Secondary School Students to approach freedom carefully as freedom not properly managed can lead to a downfall.
Rev. Ezeofor said this during a sermon to commemorate the 7th Graduation/Valedictory service of Christian Efobi Seminary, Ekwulobia, Class of 2019/2020 at St John’s Cathedral, Ekwulobia.
The Prelate said: “freedom is sweet, enjoyable, yet very difficult to manage. If mismanaged, failure becomes inevitable.
“So, as you are graduating from secondary school today, I congratulate and wish you good luck in the tertiary institution of your choice.
“It is good you know that in the tertiary institution, nobody will force you to wake up at a particular time.
“You will not be told to go to dining at a particular time, neither will anybody tell you when to go to classes.
“You are free to do things your own way yet, the reasons why you are mandated to do these things according to rules and regulations of the seminary is to equip you to manage freedom properly.
“Now that you are going out, do not forget working with a timetable; there must be time for everything.
“You are no longer going to be checked because you are grown and trained to manage your affairs.
“The better you manage it, the brighter your chances to succeed in life.’’
Bishop Ezeokafor adds: “the way to life is in Jesus Christ, not through alcoholic beverages, sexual relationships and cultism’’.
He pleaded with the students to always remember that they had names to protect.
“The name is your Alma Mata, Archbishop Christian Efobi Seminary, Ekwulobia.’’
The Principal, Rev Canon Ifeanyi Mgbemene said that 2019/2020 Academic year had been a challenging one, from COVID-19 pandemic lockdown to Endsars protests and curfew.
“The academic year witnessed a lot of short and long breaks as well as distorted academic activities.
“Despite all these, the Lord has seen you through; congratulations!
“It shows that life is full of challenges and uncertainties.
“ We make plans and proposals but it is God that determines what happens and how it happens; therefore, depend on God in all you do.’’
“Do not allow the success of today to deprive you of hard work of tomorrow.
“As seminarians, remember to be Jesus Christ Ambassadors, wherever you see yourself.’’
The Church Service featured confirmation of no fewer than 45 young Anglican faithful among whom are Onyekachukwu Onyejeme, Wisdom Chukwuemeka and Jonathan Chukwu who expressed joy for partaking in the sacrament of confirmation.
They pledged to remain faithful to God all the days of their lives. (MOI) OON/3C/TON