The Archbishop of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has urged Anglican youths to build bridges of unity and shun tribalism and ethnic sentiments.
Okoh, who spoke during the investiture of 95 national patrons and patronesses by the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF), held recently in Abuja, said that tribalism and ethnicity posed danger to spiritual growth.
“There are many ills afflicting our church today and principal amongst them is the emergence of tribalism amongst the leadership and members of the congregation.
“We must consciously build bridges to keep the church together, and we should imbibe the spirit of give and take because division is not the way to progress,’’ Okoh advised.
He advised youths in the church to imbibe the spirit of hard work and dedication to duty, adding that such attributes would make them to excel.
On his part, AYF President, Eze Chukwuebuka, said the patrons and patronesses were spiritual parents to the youths and decried the exodus of youths from the Anglican Church to other churches.
He urged the church leadership to adopt ways of stopping the trend.
“Many of our youths are leaving our church because they feel that they are not properly cared for.
“We urge our elders to help bear the burden of the several needs of our youths so that they can remain focused and be the pride of the Anglican Church,’’ he said. (NAN)