Many young girls between the ages of 10 and 15 are defiled on Valentine’s Day, Mrs Felicia Bello, the Matron, Landmark University Medical Centre, Omu-Aran, has said.
She said that in spite of the fact that Valentine’s Day celebration had transformed into a global celebration of love, many persons, particularly the youth, celebrated the day wrongly.
“Many people are introduced to habits that will destroy their destiny.
“Many young girls from age 10 years to 15 years are defiled on the night of Valentine’s Day, with some of them ending up with HIV or unwanted pregnancy.
“Many are initiated into cultism and other wicked associations — some unknowingly — as such celebrations usually start at odd hours,” she said.
The matron, therefore, cautioned the students to shun all the negative and anti-social aspects of Valentine Day’s celebration.
She urged them to only embrace those positive aspects which had to do with sharing of affection, gifts, food items and even ideas that could enhance their future.
She also noted women purchase about 85 per cent of an estimated 1.2 billion valentine cards that are sold worldwide annually,
Bello said this at a health counselling initiative organised for secondary school students in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, on Friday.
Quoting statistics from the World Greeting Card Association, Bello said the figure had made Valentine’s Day, the second most popular card exchange celebration after Christmas.
She said that the official card purchase figure for Christmas celebration was an estimated 2.6 billion cards globally.
NAN reports that the counselling activity tagged: “Health Counselling toward Valentine” was organised by Landmark University Community Development Impact Initiative (LMUCDII).
No fewer than 150 students participated in the counselling initiative.
Bello said that in spite of the fact that Valentine’s Day celebration had transformed into a global celebration of love, many persons, particularly the youth, celebrated the day wrongly.
A resource person, Mrs Olubunmi Joseph-Fadipe, who presented a paper on “Valentine, Love and God”, urged the students to always allow God be their guide in their day-to-day activities, particularly on Valentine’s Day.
She bemoaned the fact that most Valentine Day’s celebrations nowadays had negated the original objectives of its innovators, saying that the development was doing more harm than good to the society.
“Today’s Valentine’s Day celebration, especially in this part of the world, has been hijacked by anti-social vices,”