Posted by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, Nnewi | 4 May 2013 | 3,566 times
Upwards of 2 million children are killed through abortion worldwide every 40 minutes and another 2 million via violence of all sorts, according to public health consultant and physician, Prof. Amobi Ilika.
The Nigerian medical expert made the shocking disclosure while speaking at a ceremony for the handover of a cenotaph worth a million naira which he built and donated to St. Mathew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
He described abortion as a serious public health problem not only in Nigeria but across the world.
Prof. Ilika, the immediate past Commissioner for Health in Anambra, explained that abortion, violence and killing are on the increase in the society.
The pro-life promoter warned doctors and health workers who commit abortion to desist from that as condemnation awaits them. He issued the same warning to lecturers as well as politicians who sexually abuse young girls.
On why he built the cenotaph, Prof. Ilika, who had also built one in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, said that the cenotaph is for the salvation of souls involved in bloodshed including the souls of the perpetrators of the dastardly act as nobody, according to him, has the right to terminate life except God.
According to him, “Life is precious and nobody has right to take life except the eye of God. But today, violence crime comes in a new form. It comes in the form of kidnapping, Boko Haram insurgency, thuggery and others. It is no more the issue of abortion as it has gone further to issue of killing of people at early age. As I speak to you now, 2 million children are killed in abortion in every 40 minutes and another 2 million are killed in violence of all sorts. So, it is a serious public health problem.”
Unveiling and blessing the cenotaph, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, commended Prof. Ilika for his enthusiastic fight against violent crimes and abortion. He urged Christians, especially those who are in need, to always go to the cenotaph for prayers.
•Photo shows Prof. Ilika.
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