The former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, has called on members of the District Grand Lodge of Nigeria to ensure that good governance, rule of law, freedom of expression and association is entrenched within the Nigerian society.
Kufuor, who made this call while delivering a speech at the Centenary Anniversary of the District Grand Lodge of Nigeria, held at Eko Hotel Lagos, entitled: “Freemasonry and Governance” urged the members to dedicate all their efforts to positively affect lives of others within and outside their immediate community.
He stressed that Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives, its
principles do not in any way conflict with its members’ duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities.
According to him, “members of the order should commit and dedicate all their efforts to positively affect the lives of others”. “The best practice seems to emerge to defined good governance, the rule of law, equality before the law, freedom of expression and association to all humanity.”
The high point of the event was the presentation of the centenary awards by the District Grand lodge of Nigeria, Grand Master Olorogun Moses Taiga to members who have distinguished themselves in the service of humanity.
In his own address he emphasized that Masonry has no other mission than to exalt and ennoble humanity, to bring light out of darkness, beauty out of ugliness and make every life more radiant, in pursuit of this principles, the District Grand Lodge of Nigeria and its several Lodges would continue to practice this important Masonic injunction. “We may never be able to count all that we have done. They are truly numerous and it is uncharitable to count all that we have done for others. Suffice it however, to say that at the District Grand Lodge level, we have done a lot. Above all, as an individual, a Mason’s daily life is never complete until that Masonic hand of friendship is extended to relieve the one in want whether a member or not. As thousands of us live this life daily in Nigeria, we would continue to pour little drops of warmth on a society that needs friendship and love”.
The District Grand Master, Olorogun Taiga disclosed, as he welcomes the delegates that Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest, non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organizations. It is a benevolent, social and charitable universal organization whose members focus on lessons that help them achieve moral and spiritual enlightenment. We are religious and patriotic, but our Lodges are non-sectarian and non-political, we search for truth, we support justice, show tolerance and act charitably. Thus, the three cardinal principles of Brotherly love, Relief and truth, and the three prime virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity are highly treasured in the heart of a Mason. It is therefore our sincere desire to leave this world better than we met it. This is our life as Freemasons – true and trusty.
The series of activities which started with the call to order of brethren by the District Grand Director, W. Bro Busola Holloway attracted prominent personalities from all walks of life to mark this epoch celebration, they include: HRM Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, Obi of Onitsha, representative of the HRM Oba Akenzua, Oba of Benin, among others.
A presentation of N7 million was made to the Sickle Cell Foundation to buttress Freemasonry commitment to charity. “ This is important because we regard charity as one of those great virtues which give as much joy to the giver as it does to the receiver. We are encouraged not only to be happy but to spread happiness” The District Grand Director of Ceremonies said. Receiving the donation on behalf of the foundation for the purchase of 150kv generator were Prof. Akinyaju and Akindele, who appreciated the kind gesture of members of District Grand Lodge in Nigeria. Wives of departed members of the district grand lodge were not left out of the celebrations as they received donations for upkeep.