Abuja, 24 November, 2022 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has lauded Godfrey Okoye University, an institution of the Diocese of Enugu, for honoring the memories of twins who are murdered in the West African countries in ritualistic practices.
In his speech at the 10th Convocation Ceremony of the Catholic institution, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said that the “Chapel of Forgotten Twins” at the institution is a constant reminder for the people of God in the country to always pray for infants who are murdered for simply “entering this world as twins.”
“We are grateful to God for the building of the Chapel of Forgotten Twins, which the Vice Chancellor announced during the last convocation. This chapel is dedicated to the memory of all twins killed for no other reason than just for entering this world as twins,” Archbishop Kaigama said during the November 19 event.
The Nigerian Archbishop who serves as the Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University added, “This chapel will remind us to pray for all children who have been abused, abandoned and killed in Nigeria and in the world.”
Infanticide was once common in parts of Nigeria, but ministry of missionaries in the late 19th century reportedly meant it became less “although it continues, done in secret in a list of communities.”