Arinze warns students against cultism, drug abuse, kidnapping

Arinze warns students against cultism, drug abuse, kidnapping

The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican, Cardinal Francis Arinze, warned students against joining secret sects, taking illicit drugs and kidnapping.

Arinze made the accusation during a lecture shortly after planting a papal tree at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University Ojukwu, Igbariam campus, Oyi local government area, Anambra State. He blamed age on the students for their involvement in social vices.

Speaking on the theme: “Promoting Social Responsibility and Ethical Conduct in an Educational Environment”, Arinze, who stressed the need for a symbiotic relationship between professors and teachers, urged students not to plagiarize assignments but to pay close attention to their studies and become good ambassadors of the institution.

The head of interfaith dialogue between 1984 and 2002 also asked students to accept warnings when corrected and not to challenge the school’s authority.

He lamented that Nigeria was ranked the world’s number one country in persecution and killing of Christians and attributed the acts to religious intolerance.

He stressed that religion is proposed, but not imposed, affirming the 1991 Constitution’s provision on religious neutrality.
Cardinal Arinze also urged leaders to guide their faithful properly and to exercise discipline and love.