The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Most Rev. Geoffrey Onah, admonishes young married couples to avoid trying to settle marital problems using social media because it does nothing but intensify the problem.
The Bishop gave this advice during his sermon at the 80th Birthday Thanksgiving Mass of the Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, King Lawrence Agubuzu, and the Golden Jubilee Wedding Anniversary of the Chairman and his wife, Queen Patricia.
The mass took place at the Onuigba Palace in Ezema Olo ancient Kingdom, Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The Bishop said that it is saddening and wrong to see that the movie industry continue to portray divorce and separation as acceptable solutions to marital instability in his sermon entitled “Link between Wisdom, Faith, Gratitude and Salvation.”
In his sermon, the Bishop made the following comments.
“Most recent couples are quick to use social media especially Face-book and WhatsApp to easily share their challenges in their marital homes and families, which is wrong.
“Two people living together at times have issues and it is better solved by the two people involved in terms of marriage – husband and wife – and not involving multiple third parties via the social media space.
“I charge older couples to direct young couples right and see that they tolerate and persevere in their marriages to preserve the marriage institution as instituted by the Lord Almighty.”
Additionally, Bishop Onah addressed the issues of youths returning to fetish worship of igbo traditional religion and the problem of insecurity spreading fear throughout the south-east, calling on the authorities ruling the south-eastern states to step-up their efforts to curb this situation of insecurity.
“We have seen you stride and how peaceful and with the fear of God you have led this town and Enugu State. God will continue to bless you and your generation, Amen,” the Bishop added in his remark to King Agubuzu while thanking him for his support of Christianity and advancing of righteous living among the people under his rule.
In turn, King Agubuzu urged his youths to adhere to the admonition of Bishop Onah, worshipping God and desisting from idolatry.
He said this in his vote of thanks:
“I am also thanking all people of all works of life, prominent people within and outside Enugu State as well as our traditional rulers for gracing this mass thanksgiving.”
Included in the mass ceremony was the presentation of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter of Blessing on the family of Agubuzu.
Moderator of the Mass, Most. Rev. Callistus Onaga and Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Enugu, was represented by Most Rev. Ernest Obodo as well as tenths of catholic priests within Enugu State.
Among the notable guests at the thanksgiving mass were Sen. Collins Ndu, Professor Chinedu Nebo, the former Minister of Power and Professor Aloysius Okolie, the Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology.