Abeokuta, Feb. 14, 2018 (TNE) The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ogun chapter, on Wednesday advised youths to shun violence and immoral acts as they celebrate the Valentine’s Day.
Rev. Taiwo Tolulope, the Secretary of the association, said in Abeokuta that youths need to be cautioned on their negative perception to valentine celebration.
Tolulope noted that the day is observed on Feb. 14 to express love, present flowers, offer confectionery and send greetings to loved ones.
He said that youths should concentrate on “agape love”, which he described as unconditional and the only ideal love.
“Valentine is synonymous with love and everybody is thinking about love but must express genuine love.
“Valentine celebration is good when it is well organised and done morally.
“But the type of celebration we have these days is evil, especially for the younger people,’’ the cleric said.
He advised youths to be careful as they celebrate, urging them not to engage in immoral acts of fornication, alcohol drinking, smoking and drug addiction.
Tolulope also spoke on the need for Nigerians to show love to their loved ones on daily basis and not restricting it to only Valentine’s day.
“As a country, we need to express divine love for one another, if we love one another there won’t be corruption, herdsmen/farmers clash, Boko Haram or any kind of violence.
“Love should be practised from the leadership of the followership; leaders should express love to their followers.
“The followers also should also express love to their leaders by praying for them and obliging to all the necessary civic responsibility that will engender stable governance,’’ he said.
In another development, Alhaji Kamal’ddin Akintunde, the President of the National Council of Muslim Youths Organisation (NACOMYO), said that celebrating Valentine’s Day has no position in Islam.
“Islam only encourages love, which is an affection, being showed to friends, families, neighbours and even one’s enemy,’’ Akintunde said.
He said youths have abused the purpose of the celebration, adding that it can also encourage gay actions from teeming youths.
He urged young people to stay away from alcohol and other illicit drugs.
Alcohol and drugs, he said, can lure them into crime.
The NACOMYO leader advised the youths to rather see the celebration as a way to share what will help to develop their future.