Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Enugu State, Most Reverend Godfrey Onah, has urged young couples to refrain from using social media to settle marital issues as it escalates the problems.
Onah gave the admonition in a homily he delivered on Tuesday at the 80th Birthday Thanksgiving Mass and 50th wedding anniversary of Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council.
The mass was held at Onuigba Palace in Ezema Olo ancient Kingdom within the Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The bishop, who themed his homily as ‘Link between Wisdom, Faith, Gratitude and Salvation’, said that it was wrong that the show industry was teaching young people that parting ways and divorce remained acceptable in society.
According to him, it is negative and unacceptable that the show industry was portraying “divorce” and answering “ex” as something good and cherished in society.
“Most recent couples are quick to use social media, especially Facebook 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 aright and see that they tolerate and persevere in their marriages to preserve the marriage institution as instituted by the Lord Almighty,” he said.
On the 80th birthday of Agubuzu, the Bishop thanked the monarch for placing God first and returning all gratitude to Him as well as pushing the frontier of Christianity and righteous living among his subjects.
“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,” he added.
The mass was conducted by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, who was represented by Most Rev. Ernest Obodo as well as many catholic priests within Enugu State.