Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie
Function:
Former Archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria
Title:
Cardinal Priest of Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel of Mostacciano
Birthdate:
Jun 16, 1936
Country:
Nigeria
Elevated:
Oct 21, 2003
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English A critic of the military dictatorship
Apr 17, 2005
The Nigerian Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, Archbishop of Lagos, 67, made international news in 2001 when he offered his life to save a Muslim woman sentenced to death for adultery.

(The Tablet, 23 April 2005) The cardinal explained at the time that he decided to make the offer as a Church protest against Shariah law. It was a gesture typical of a man regarded by Nigerians as a fearless advocate for human rights, religious freedom and democratic rule.

Cardinal Okogie was a critic of the military dictatorship that controlled Nigeria for 16 years, and has not hesitated to criticise President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration for moving slowly in implementing reforms to help Nigeria's poor.

Along with other Catholic Church leaders in Africa, he refuses to endorse the use of condoms to fight the spread of Aids.

The Archbishop of Lagos since 1973, he lives on Lagos Island in a simple house alongside the cathedral, where, he says, he is "available to anyone who wants to see him".
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