Valentine day: Emulate St Valentine – CLO
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, the Anambra State Chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has urged Nigerians to emulate the sacrificial and selfless life of Saint Valentine as they mark Valentine Day today. This, they say, is in order to help actualise the Nigeria of our dream, hope and aspirations.
According to him, “It is of prime importance to note that, for us to make our good better and our better best, it calls for us to think and embrace a common good and interest”
Ezekwueme made the remark in a public lecture themed, “Live For Humanity” which he delivered to Civil Society Organisations and Youths to commemorate the 2020 Feast of St Valentine in Onitsha.
At the lecture he stated that, “Love is that condition in which happiness of another person is essential to your own. It is of great relevance to note the wise and timeless assertion of John
Holmes, there is no exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up which only agape love can guarantee, pertinently of which St Valentine fought, lived and died for. Unfortunately, it is an irony of history that some persons abuse and misconceive the feast.
Significantly, it is a period to enjoin humanity to love and care for one another and humanity at large.”
“However,” for us to get it right and best, it is ineluctable and inexorable to emulate and imbibe tenets, principles and lessons of St Valentine which symbolises love, charity, kindness, selflessness, compassion and empathy to humanity irrespective of tribes, religion, clans or political leanings, most importantly to obey the laws, ordinances and commands of God and not man.”
“Worthy of note is, there is no blessings in getting, receiving and having but only in giving and sharing. The government’s, religious, Civil Society Organisations and traditional institutions and schools must inculcate and encourage moral rectitude, chastity, decorum, fear and love of God in our youths and nation.
He opined that to solve the problems of sex for mark, promiscuity, moral decadence, youth restiveness, idleness and unemployment, there should be “compulsory introduction of moral ethics, entrepreneurial education and skills in our schools and love of God and humanity”.