Founder of Living Faith Church worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo has admonished youths against the excessive use of social media.
Oyedepo, who is the Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, gave the warning on Friday, May 21, during the 15th Convocation Ceremony and Conferment of Honourary Doctorate Degrees and presentation of prizes at the school.
The cleric noted that the negative impact of social media on youths could not be overemphasised, as it makes them lose focus and rob them of their destinies.
In his words; “The social media saga has eroded the substance of destiny as it has unconsciously robbed youths of their future and their time.
“The honour of this generation has been wiped off, chatting all day with no time left to think, plan programme and engage productively in the pursuit of any task.
“Some professionals have classified social media addiction along with drugs, alcohol and sex.
“Social media that is supposed to be a plus to the youth, suddenly became a minus, as everything of value is delivered through investment of time”.
He noted that life without a vision was an adventure in frustration and that life without a bearing was a burden.
According to the Chancellor, only those who know where they are going ever get anywhere.
“No one ever arrives at a future he cannot see, neither does anyone arrive at a future he is not prepared for.
“It is time for every youth to wake up from slumber and take his/her destiny in their hands,” he added.
Oyedepo further advised youths to get out of the nest by engaging in strategic planning as everyone was absolutely responsible for the outcome of his or her life.