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Front page of the policy document, tagged, "Lagos State Guidelines on Safe Termination of Pregnancy for Legal Indications". Credit: Courtesy Photo

Faith Entities “not consulted” in Move to Legalize Abortion in Nigerian State: Archbishop

Jul 4, 2022

Faith-based leaders and Catholics were not consulted in the move by the State of Lagos in Nigeria to legalize abortion through what is being described as the “safe termination of pregnancy for legal indications", Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese has said.

A Poster announcing Fr. Mike Umoh's  lecture on day two of Communications Week (COMWEEK). Credit: CTV Abuja

Priest in Nigeria Proposes “cartoon language” for Catechism Classes to Boost Understanding

May 28, 2022

A Catholic Priest in Nigeria has proposed the introduction of Catechism classes in cartoon form in order to enhance understanding among children in the West African nation.

Fr. James Anelu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Priest Suspended Over Tribal Remarks Recalled after “thorough investigation”

Mar 9, 2022

The Nigerian Catholic Priest who had been suspended for allegedly banning songs in one of the local languages in “his Church” has been recalled from “indefinite administrative leave” following “thorough investigation”. 

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Human Life in Nigeria “reduced to an abysmally all-time-low”: Bishops in Lagos Province

Feb 7, 2022

 Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province have bemoaned “senseless killings” in the country saying human life in the West African nation “has been reduced to an abysmally all-time-low owing to insecurity and other criminality across the land.”  

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After Building Collapses, Prelate Calls for Monitoring of Nigeria’s Construction Industry

Nov 9, 2021

Following the collapse of a 21-storey building that reportedly killed at least 44 people in Lagos city, a Catholic Archbishop has called for the close monitoring of those involved in Nigeria’s construction industry in view of ending unprofessionalism, including the use of inferior materials.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Marking Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary Despite Anomalies “a miracle of sorts”: Prelate

Sep 30, 2021

Marking 61 years since Nigeria gained independence is “a miracle of sorts,” a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said ahead of the Friday, October 1 event.

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Federal Government “insincere” in Fight against Insecurity: Nigerian Archbishop

Sep 21, 2021

Nigeria’s Federal Government is not sincere in the fight against insecurity, the Local Ordinary of the country’s Lagos Archdiocese has said.

Msgr. John Aniagwu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Political Leaders “a cocktail of character flaws”, Catholic Priest Says

Aug 10, 2021

Those at the helm of the West African nation of Nigeria manifest “a cocktail of character flaws”, a Catholic Priest ministering in the country’s Lagos Archdiocese has said.

Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, Archbishop emeritus of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Cardinal Warns of Looming Anarchy, Urges Compatriots to Build United Country

Jun 16, 2021

A Nigerian Cardinal has warned of an imminent anarchy in Nigeria owing to security challenges and corruption that he says continues to bedevil the West African nation.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Encourages Self Defense, Cautions against Aggression

Jun 5, 2021

Amid multiple cases of violent attacks in Nigeria, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos in the West African nation has highlighted the fundamental right to self defense and cautioned against aggression. 

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“Declare state of emergency to spare the country looming anarchy”: Nigerian Archbishop

May 30, 2021

The Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency in the country due to rising cases of insecurity.

Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped  3years ago / Courtesy Photo

Do All in Your Power to Secure Release of Leah Sharibu: Nigerian Archbishop to President

Feb 22, 2021

Three years after Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi in Yobe State within Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, the Archbishop of Lagos has called on the country’s Head of State to “do all in his power … to secure her release.”   

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese / Lagos Archdiocese

Lenten Season an Invitation Not to Give Up amid Adversity, Nigerian Archbishop

Feb 20, 2021

The Lenten Season, which starts with Ash Wednesday, is an invitation to draw closer to righteousness and to find comfort in God in the face of adversity, a Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has said.

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Bishops in Nigeria’s Lagos Province Urge “fair, equitable” COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Feb 3, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province are advocating for “fair and equitable” distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the West African nation.

Government Science Secondary School in the north-western Katsina state where some 300 students were kidnaped Friday, December 11, 2020.

Combined Efforts Needed to Address Causes of Kidnappings, Banditry in Nigeria: Prelate

Dec 19, 2020

Combined efforts are needed to deal with insecurity in Africa’s most populous nation, including cases of kidnappings and banditry, an Archbishop in the country has said.

“Tread with caution” in Handling Anti-Police Brutality Protesters: Nigerian Prelate

Nov 10, 2020

Reports of Nigeria's federal government seizing passports and freezing the bank accounts of protesters who demonstrated against police brutality orchestrated by the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is a concern to the Archbishop of Lagos who has advised the authorities involved to “tread with caution.”

Invoking Ethnic, Religious Sentiments Shifts “focus from noble cause”: Prelate in Nigeria

Oct 28, 2020

Attempts to invoke tribal and religious perspectives in the ongoing protests in Nigeria shifts the focus from the initial “noble cause” with the risk of derailing the entire initiative, the Archbishop of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has said.

A demonstrator sits on a barricade blocking a road near the Lagos State House, despite a round-the-clock curfew imposed by the authorities on the Nigerian state of Lagos in response to protests against alleged police brutality, Nigeria. / Reuters

Protests amid “uncivilized conduct of looting, arson” Saddening: Nigerian Archbishop

Oct 26, 2020

Reports of looting and destruction of property amid nationwide protests in Nigeria have “saddened” the Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese who has recalled the initially youth-led peaceful demonstrations against the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Candlelight procession held for victims of SARS protest across Nigeria.

These are Nigeria’s “difficult but defining moments,” Prelate Says amid Growing Protests

Oct 22, 2020

After testimonies of excessive use of force against protesters in Nigeria emerged, including reports of at least a dozen deaths and renewed demonstrations in various cities of Africa’s most populous nation, a Catholic Archbishop has described the country’s situation as “difficult” but presenting an opportunity for a transition.

The Nigerian Police Force fires teargas at protesters during a demonstration to press for the scrapping of the Special Ant-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Abuja-Keffi Expressway, Abuja, Nigeria on October 19, 2020. / AFP

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Condemn Use of Violence on “unarmed, peaceful protesters”

Oct 21, 2020

The reported use of excessive force on those peacefully protesting against police brutality in Nigeria has caught the attention of Christian leaders in the West African nation who have, in different platforms, condemned the excesses and reiterated their support for peaceful protests.