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Youths counselled to shun violence, as lawyer presents book on discipleship

Daniel Anokwuru

A lawyer, Jude Ekeocha, has called on Nigerian youths to shun all forms of violence and criminal activities affecting Nigeria negatively and embrace a new life.
He stressed that, if urgent actions were not taken to check the ugly behaviour of youths, the younger generation of Nigerians would grow up to embrace such negative attitude.
The lawyer stated this during the launch of his book, “Discipleship: The Call and the Price,” during an event at the Eze Mayor Hall, Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, recently.
In attendance were several dignitaries, including Honourable Justice Goddy Anunihu, Vincent Onyeka, Ikwuoma Chris, chairman on the occasion, Rev. Fr. Charles Ejieji, co-chairman and book presenter, Ezinne Anthonia Ohawuchi, book reviewer, Mr. and Mrs. Declan Ekeocha, members of the Nigerian Bar Association, Orlu chapter, and many others.
The young lawyer, who hails from Umuokwaranaku kindred, Eluama, Orlu LBA, Imo State, said he was moved to write the book because it was a spiritual task fashioned to create awareness on the gains and pains of discipleship as a follower of Christ.
He said: “It all started while I was staying in Port Harcourt. There came a storm, which caused havoc. Roofs were blown off, utility poles and houses fell. Trees were extirpated. I mused and became lost in thought on the functions of their roots. The scriptures came alive as I pondered the aftermath of the storm. When I realised this, Jeremiah’s analogy took a clear meaning of a man’s trust in the Lord like a tree planted by the riverside whose roots sustains it, even in adverse season. I did a lot of research and came up with this book. My humble view in the introduction urges us to keep growing in Christ, then we will become increasingly unsatisfied with anything other than willingness to adhere to the divine call. For we cannot merely say we love God, but must show it.”
In his opening speech, Vincent Onyeka described the author as a man of integrity, a born leader and preacher of the gospel who, during his days in school, was decorated with several awards. He said further that the author was simple but highly principled, fearless, just, with an overwhelming sense of duty, and a restless spirit of adventure.
“He is a refined, precise scholar, who has contributed immensely in shaping the lives of our youths,” he said.
Making his submission, Rev. Fr. Ejieji urged the author to keep on doing his good work in the life of youths and the society at large, stressing that such attitude was worthy of emulation.
“The book we are launching today is very rich and very educating. If we can put into practice the content of the book, it simply means that our life will definitely be Christ-like. It is an eye-opener to the gains of being a disciple of Christ. So, I would urge everyone to not only read the book for the sake of reading, but to put the content into practice so as to serve as example to others,” the priest noted.

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