BY OLAYINKA LATONA
The former Archdiocesan Bishop of Lagos, Cardinal Okogie has explained that he was confrontational with the civil authorities because they have failed to discharge their responsibilities to the masses, especially the poor.
Okogie said that he wanted to ensure that government give good governance to the masses. He thanked the civilian administration for returning mission schools which were taken over by the military in the 1970s.
The cleric also expressed appreciation to the church members for their cooperation in the 39 years he spent as the Archbishop of Lagos.
Meanwhile, History was made Saturday at the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos as Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins was installed at the Holy Cross Cathedral. He is the fourth to be so consecrated.
The installation, made by Archbishop Augustine Kasujja, the representative of Pope Benedict XVI, was attended by Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, 30 bishops and Archbishops from various dioceses, hundreds of Catholic priest, among several other dignitaries.
In his speech, Kasujja urged the new Archbishop of Lagos not to rest his oarse but rather continue the good work from where his predecessor stopped. While delivering his sermon, the Archbishop of Benin City, Bishop Augustine Akubeze, advised Martins to continue from where his predecessor, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, stopped.
He advised the new Archbishop to have faith and confidence in God, saying evangelisation work in Lagos is challenging..
Speaking at the occasion, Martins called on Nigerians to pray for him to succeed in his new office.
Announcing that he wholeheartedly accept the responsibility of his new appointment, Martins called on all faithful in the Archdiocese to work in harmony and unity with him for the progress and development of the church to continue.
He said that he has confidence in God that He will see him through.
“Please pray God to make for me shoes of my own size, so as to make me walk well rather than the shoes of my predecessors which are extra large for me to wear”.
The new Archbishop urged all hands to be on deck and charged each one placed on the soil of the church to do something new and extraordinary for the growth of the Archdiocese.