The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has banned women from coming to church services with handbags for security reasons.
According to LEADERSHIP the development is aimed at tightening
security measures following the activities of Boko Haram on places of
worship in the country.
The Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. (Dr) Calistus Onaga, who
announced the ban, also directed all parish priests within the Diocese
to make the official announcement in their parishes.
He appealed to the faithful to cooperate with the church in that
regard, adding that the exercise was not meant to embarrass the women or
anybody but was rather borne out of the present disturbing insecurity
challenges facing the nation.
The head of the Catholic Church in Enugu State assured that the
measure would be done with human face, and in a civilised manner.
Our source and a worshipper who spoke on condition of anonymity said:
“I must tell you, that the Bishop and the entire Catholic faithful in
Enugu, are apprehensive with the rumour of the insurgents infiltrating
the east, especially the alleged recent escape of two buses conveying
Boko Haram members to Abia state, during a security check.
He said, “I support the development that henceforth, women will no
longer be allowed to enter Catholic churches during masses with hand
bags, apart from their purses, which will also be subjected to thorough
scrutiny by church workers.