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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

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

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. 

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese/ Courtesy Photo /

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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.

Nigerians participating in the EndSARS nationwide protests over claims of harassment, kidnappings, and extortion by the police unit. /

After Protests, Prelate’s Note, Nigeria's Government Disbands Controversial Police Force

Following protests against Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) including a Prelate’s statement supporting the protests and calls for far-reaching action against the controversial police force, the country’s Federal Government has disbanded the entity.

Nigerian Prelate Faults Government for Disunity, Insecurity in Independence Message

Ahead of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day celebrations, an Archbishop in the country has faulted the government for failing to address insecurity and for the disunity in the west African country.  

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins during Mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos. /

Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese Resumes Weekday Public Liturgies after COVID-19 Measures Eased

Following the September 19 easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Nigeria’s Lagos State, the leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has announced the resumption of the weekday liturgical celebrations in public.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. /

"Social distancing does not mean neglecting God, neighbors": Nigerian Prelate

In the face of COVID-19 restrictions still in place in many parts of the world, including social distancing, a Catholic Prelate in Nigeria has cautioned against the temptation to neglect God and neighbor in the name of practicing the physical distance directive.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Nigeria. /

Nigerian Prelate Calls for Collaborative Efforts to Curb Crime of Rape

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese is calling for joint initiatives to put an end to the upsurge of rape cases in Africa’s most populous country, describing the crime as “an intrinsic evil that infringes on the dignity and privacy of the victims.”

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese. /

Suspension of “planned reopening of churches” in Nigeria’s Lagos State Disappoints Prelate

The decision by the leadership of Nigeria’s State of Lagos to put on hold the reopening of places of worship “till further notice” has disappointed the Catholic Archbishop in the country’s largest city who says that precautionary measures had already been put in place and that worshipers would be safer in “Church premises than in other public places such as markets and motor parks.”

Late Sr. Henrietta Alokha,Ssh, Principal of Nigeria's Bethlehem Girls College who died while rescuing students after an inferno, honoured by the leaders of the Airforce. /

Nigeria’s Airforce Names Hall after Nun Who Died Saving Others in March Inferno

The Nigerian nun who lost her life while seeking to save school girls during the March 15 inferno at the institution she was heading, Sr. Henrietta Alokha, has been recognized by the leaders of the Airforce of the West African nation who have named a newly-built assembly hall after her.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese, Nigeria. /

“Gradual restoration of public Mass” Announced for Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese

The leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in Nigeria announced, last Sunday, a gradual resumption of public Mass in anticipation of the easing of COVID-19 related restrictions by the government early this week.