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 Cardinal Okogie Cautions Men of God Against Self-Enrichment
Jun 25, 2007
Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie yesterday in Abuja warned the Priests of God to desists from enriching themselves with material things under the pretence of working in the Lord's vine yard.

(Vanguard (Lagos, 25 June 2007)) Cardinal Okogie who gave this warning at the Priestly Ordination of Seven Missionaries of Society of St. Paul (MSP), Gwagwalada, also called on Nigerians to desist from brutal killing of men of God in the country.

According to him, with the current situation in Nigeria, priests of God should bring good news to the poor, bind up broken hearts, proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in prison and bring back lost souls to God instead of enriching themselves with all sorts of pranks.

He said: "Some Nigerians have resorted to negative attitude of brutally murdering men of God. This was not so in the past, but now it has become a regular act.

"We need good Priests to carry out the work of God and lead Nigerians to Christ. Now you see men of God involving themselves in negative attitude, bad practices such as enriching themselves with material things under the pretence of working in the Lord's vineyard. Priests of God should bear good fruits that last."

He pointed out for the priests to be relevant in the society where technology has taken over the order of the day, they must involve technology in their evangelism methods, adding that they must participate in the development of the country.

"You must involve all channels of communication, including mass communication, enlightenment programmes among others while preaching. You must use them wisely in order to carry the people along," he advised.

Cardinal Okogie also called on the lay people in the society to support and assist the priests in carrying out their priestly work.

"You must correct the men of God when they are not getting it right. They are not saints, they are humans. They need your support to keep going. Do not hesitate to call them back when they go astray," he pleaded.

Among the newly ordained Priests are Rev. Fr. Ambrose Akindele Akniwande, Rev. Henry Odinkemere Osuagwu, Rev. Agustine Olisa Nwagbologu, Rev. Henry Jan Nkop, Rev. Bernard Iheanyichukwu Oleru, Rev. Emmanuel Patrick Adinye, and Rev. David-Maria Maduabuchi Oknokwo.
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