Pastor Joshua Olusegun of Christ Reigns Church, Ilorin, has advised youths to celebrate responsibly on February 14 and not turn Valentine’s Day’s celebration into a sex party.
Mr. Olusegun gave the advice in Ilorin when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria.
According to him, most people thought Valentine’s Day was a time to copulate.
“It is not for sex parties as thought by many teenagers and youths. We can give out gifts, visit beautiful places around, and care for one another as a sign of celebration.
“We need to erase the mentality of engaging in sexual acts to show love as widely believed by our youths. Don’t plan to lose your virginity on Valentine’s Day. There is more to Valentine.
“We can celebrate our love in a Godly manner and not necessarily drinking to stupor and involving in immoral acts with our loved ones,” he cautioned.
Mr. Olusegun emphasised the need for religious leaders to preach morality to their followers on Valentine’s ethics.
He criticised minors who engaged in immoral acts in the name of Valentine’s Day’s celebration, explaining that the day was only meant for mature people.
The clergyman also noted that the celebration was not restricted to youths, but could be marked by couples in a decent and disciplined manner.
He also called on parents to engage their children on Valentine’s ethics to not abuse the celebration.