…As Anglican Communion bans brochure, ‘asoebi’ uniform during burials***
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Adewale Martins, has urged President Buhari to take necessary steps to ensure that judiciary operate freely in accordance to the rule of law.
Martins made the plea on Sunday in Lagos, while reacting to the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore by officials of the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) on Friday in the same court that ordered his release.
The archbishop, while condemning the action of the DSS, said that judiciary was constitutionally empowered to ensure that law and justice subsist in the country.
According to him, the blatant disregard to the rule of law by the DSS, and their continuous refusal to obey court rulings, the latest being that of Sowore, is an affront on the country’s fledgling democracy.
“I watched the scene of the re-arrest of Sowore in a video clip circulating on the social media with utter disbelief.
“I was thoroughly saddened and disappointed when this was confirmed in the regular media.
“I could not believe that an arm of government can be treated with so much disrespect and utter contempt.
“I cannot believe that security officials will descend so low by arresting a person in the very presence of a Judge who ordered his release by the same court in which the order was given.
“This action is despicable and a disgrace to a country that prides itself as haven enjoyed 20 uninterrupted years of democratic rule,” he said.
Martins urged the DSS to release Sowore as the court had directed and tender an apology to the whole country for the embarrassment we all witnessed.
“Should the DSS have further allegations against him (Sowore), let such be presented before the court of law so that justice can take its course.
“Any further arbitrary hounding of Sowore will only escalate the tension and disaffection in the land,” the Catholic Bishop warned.
In another development, the Anglican Communion, Diocese on the Niger has banned the printing of brochure and ceremonial dresses aka ‘Asoebi’ during burial rites of its members at the diocese to reduce burial cost.
Ven. Ikechukwu Ihemtuge, Vicar in charge of St. Andrew’s Church, Obosi, disclosed this during the church service on Sunday in Obosi Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra.
Ihemtuge said the diocese took the decision at its June 2019 synod of its 19 archdeaconry at Abatete, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
“The decision was that of the church to checkmate burial frivolities of the faithful and reduce the burial challenges of its members,” he said.
He advised the faithful who came for outing services after the burial of their beloved ones to be informed of the new diocese laws on burial rites and advised other faithful to abide by the law.
Ihemtuge said that the new law commenced from July 1 after the decision was taken in June and appealed to faithful to key into the new law for their own benefits.
“The church has discovered that many people during the burial of their loved ones encounter lots of challenges in the name of befitting burials.
“What is befitting in Christian burial is the relationship established between the people and their God and the worthy legacy after the people are gone,” he said.
Ihemtuge said that the visiting official of the synod implementation committee was in the church to ensure that the decisions of the diocese in the last synod meeting were announced to the faithful.
Addressing the faithful, Mrs Tina Okoye said the decisions was to avert crime and desperation associated with the burial activities to impress people, as only God should be impressed and not man.