By Olayinka LATONA
THE Prior Provincial of the Dominican Friars, Province of St. Joseph the Worker Nigeria and Ghana, Rev. Fr. Charles Ukwe has decried current erosion of our cherished African moral values and graciousness, saying that in the past majority of the youths learnt the virtues of respect, courtesy, decency, propriety, honesty and righteousness from a tender age and had enough self-discipline to hold those values.
Speaking at a thanks-giving mass and reception for Society for Voca-tion Support Benefactors and Partners at St. Domi-nic’s Catholic Church, Yaba, Lagos, Fr. Ukwe pointed out that there is need for Nigerians to have a positive change of heart in their ways of life, stating that most Nigerians do not obey rules and regulations governing the country.
The cleric said the afore-mentioned moral values and self-discipline are gradually diminishing over the years, as most of today’s young ones have virtually disregarded the ethics.
Stating the cause of moral decadence in the society, Ukwe described selfish-ness as the root cause of moral decadence in Nigeria and that the giant of Africa is fast losing its value system due to avarice of indivi-duals, adding that those who are leading the country are only after their selfish gain.
He then challenged the Church to go back to the gospel principle—preach the good news, seek the salvation of man until there is a change in Nigeria, stressing that the Church is in the society to serve the nation selflessly.
According to the cleric; “there is need for a change of heart on the part of every Nigerian.
“The Church should continue to preach the good news, seek the salvation of man and until there is change of heart in Nigeria it should not stop,” the cleric stated.
On her part, the chair-person, organising committee of Society for Vocation Support (SVS), Dame Felicia Okolie said SVS’s primary objectives include to pray for the Dominicans and solicit for more assistance for the upkeep of priests.