By David Okpala/Stella Okpala

Akpo (Aguata LGA), Dec. 31, 2020 (MOI) Rev. Fr. John Mary Vianney Akasiugwu, a visiting Priest to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Akpo has called on Nigerians to take responsibility for building a better society that will ensure peaceful coexistence.

Fr. Akasiugwu made the call in a homily to commemorate Holy Family Sunday, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Akpo, on Sunday, Dec. 27.

The cleric said: “the family is a small unit of the Church and as such a small unit of the society.

“So, if we get it right at the family level, we must get it right at the level of the Church. Therefore, the society must be affected positively

“If parents in various homes have been doing well in the upbringing of their children, we will not have insecurity that is now ravaging the country today.

“We need to get back to our various homes and re-organise our families.

“The idea of sending children to go and purchase cigarettes, cannabis sativa, tramadol and other prohibited drugs will not be there, because these are destructive drugs to families and the society at large.

“Let us learn to lead by example,’’ he advised.

Fr. Akasiugwu notes: “stolen money and other items if used in the upbringing of children affect them negatively and spiritually.

“Do the best you can to ensure that holiness is the centre of your family affairs. This is to attract the grace of God that will make your children walk tall among their peers.

“Every good thing comes from God. Inculcate the spirit of hard work into your children.

“Let prayers be the source of their strength. Then, you must have contributed immensely to growth and development of the society, as well as building a harmonious society,’’ he added. (MOI)

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