Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie
Former Archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria
Cardinal Priest of Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel of Mostacciano
Jun 16, 1936
Oct 21, 2003
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English Okogie Condemns Police Siege
Jun 11, 2005
Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie has condemned the ongoing police siege on 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Daily Champion (Lagos, June 6, 2005) "I am totally against the government's action. What is the idea of sending police there? The style and manner the police went there was very, very uncivilized, undemocratic and intimidating," Okogie said in a statement in Lagos yesterday.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls policemen were deployed to take strategic positions within and outside the estate.

The estate has been a subject of dispute between the Federal Government who sometime last year sold it to the highest bidder and consequently asked its occupants who are mostly civil servants to quit.

Okogie, according to statement signed by Rev. Fr Gabriel Osu, wondered who the government was protecting by its action.

"The citizens or for personal gains or politicians and government officials, why deceiving the world?, it added.

He said that reports reaching him indicated that "those who publicly dissociated themselves from acquiring such houses were now secretly going back to re-possess them. Who is fooling who?", he asked.

The spiritual leader recalled a statement cradited to the Works Minister, Sen. Adeseye Ogunlewe, that government would not use force to eject residents and insisted that the pronouncement be respected.

"If a soul is lost there (1004 flats), I will not hesitate to call for civil disobedience and beckon the international community against this government," he warned.

On the seven private universities recently approved by the government, Okogie accused government of promoting private education at the expense of public education.

"They are subtly killing education in this country and making same costly for parents. The federal government has problem with Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) which has not been resolved, we have incessant strikes in schools; the existing universities are struggling to survive. Why putting cart before the horse?' he queried.

The Cardinal also took a swipe at the federal government for the presidential library and called on the government to take the welfare of the people seriously.
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