By George Onah
Port Harcourt – Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has blamed the adherence of the Christian faith on the rise in social vices and moral decadence amongst youths in the land.
Amaechi spoke, last weekend, when the Supreme President of the Knights of St. John International, General Timothy Hoerst, called on him in Port Harcourt.
Represented by his deputy Mr. Tele Ikuru, he admonished
Christians to be alive to their responsibilities to the society and the nation and called on knights in Christendom to reflect on their roles to humanity.
â€œIf Christians should rise up to their responsibilities to their families and the society, the nation will be a better place,â€ the State chief executive said, enjoining the knights to take up the crossof Christ and work for Him.
On his part, General Hoerst, said his visit to the State had afforded him the opportunity to appreciate the challenges faced by the people and pledged his organizationâ€™s commitment to the developmental initiatives of the government.
Also, Subordinate Supreme President of the Knights of St. John, Nigeria, Professor Celestine Onwuliri, praised the state governor for the reception accorded the Supreme President and support to the organization.
Onwuliri, who is the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri(FUTO), said his organization would continue its charity work and commended the harmonious relationship between the knights and the traditional institution in the State.
In his speech, Grand President of Owerri Grand Commandery, Mr. Clement Onwuneme said the group was thrilled by the gift of two Toyota buses donated to the organization as well as assisting in the successful celebration of its 33rd anniversary in Abuja recently.