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 Okogie Urges FG to Check Assassinations
Sept 12, 2006
Worried by the spate of assassinations in the country, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has urged the Federal Government to take urgent measures to redress the situation.

This Day (Lagos, August 20, 2006) The Cardinal, in a statement signed by the Rev. Fr. Gabriel Osu, director of social communications in Lagos, said "the trend portends danger to the nation ... and it is worrisome". The statement also quoted Okogie as saying that if nothing was done to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly acts, the citizens might be compelled to take the law into their hands.

"The assassination of the former Justice Minister, Bola Ige, Dikibo Marshall, Funso Williams and now Ayo Daramola portends a very great danger for our country, because the killers have not been found and prosecuted to deter others", he said.

He said the development was a sign of insecurity, which could threaten national security, stressing that "a nation without good security is not a nation".

"Such a nation slides gradually into jungle justice, barbarism, anarchy and chaos", he added. The Cardinal stressed that the country could only attract foreign investment if the issue of security was given attention.

"I am no prophet, but if care is not taken, the way we are going, there will be many more assassinations before the 2007 elections", Okogie said.
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