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Lagos Cremation Law Sparks Outrage “Burning Dead Bodies Is Unbiblical & Against Nigerian Culture”

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June 11, 2013 – Lagos Cremation Law Sparks Outrage “Burning Dead Bodies Is Unbiblical & Against Nigerian Culture”

Mixed reactions have trailed the new Lagos Cremation Law, which was signed into law on Monday by Governor Babatunde Fashola.

While some religious leaders opposed the law on the ground that it’s unbiblical and unislamic, as well as being against the Nigerian culture and traditions, other prominent Nigerians are in support of the law.

Director, Muslims Rights Concern, Prof. Ishaq Lakin Akintola said the law is against the Islamic law, which espouses respect for the dead, as well as ran fowl against the African culture and tradition.

“We are not Buddhists in this country. In Islam, when a man dies, we buried him decently. The law will not only affect us but the Christians too and it is not in our culture. A Muslim who dies must have treatment and when you cremate, nobody will ask for forgiveness for him.

“The law is not likely to catch Muslims because of the way Muslims treat their corpses. Those to be cremated must be taken from the mortuary. My advise to Lagosians is that when their loved ones are missing, they should search for them diligently at police stations, mortuaries and other places before they are cremated as unclaimed corpses,” he said.

Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde said the law only provides a choice for Lagosians to either cremate their dead or bury them in the normal way, but noted that nobody would cremate him when he dies.

“The law is against our culture and tradition. Everybody has a choice of burial. My children cannot cremate me and nobody can compel me to be cremated. Cremation is English culture and it is not in the Bible. It is a type of culture where people write their will to be cremated when they died.

“I pity Lagosians, the government should think twice; they should pass laws that people will obey and we should not copy the white people foolishly,” he stated.

Lagos lawyer, Bamidele Aturu said there was nothing wrong with the law as long as it did not compel anyone to cremate his or her loved ones, saying it is just a choice.

Publicity Secretary, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe said the cremation law is a welcome development, saying it would help clean up Lagos, especially the abandoned bodies in the mortuaries.

“It is also voluntary for only those who want to use the services and it also allows those who still want to bury their loved ones to do so without hindrance. Lagosians should embrace it for the good of the commonwealth,” he said.

The Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere decries the cremation law, saying that it is against the tradition and culture of the Yoruba race.

National Publicity Secretary, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin said “in Yorubaland, the bodies of the dead are treated with respect. Three things are revered in Lagos State and they are naming ceremony, marriage and death. Cremation is alien to our culture and tradition.

“Afenifere does not support cremation law, but supports that bodies should be buried in accordance with our tradition. There is a level of spirituality in the mode of burial. We are for proper burial according to ur culture.”

The Director of Media, Catholic Church, Lagos, Gabriel Osu lamented that the rights of the living and the dead were often violated in the country, saying that the cremation law is anti-poor and anti-dead.

He called on those who passed the law to live by example by allowing their dead loved ones to be cremated first to show that they are really serious about the issue.

According to him, it is just an avenue to make more money by the government, saying that he was sure that the various crematoria were already on ground to begin cremation to make money.

“Something is wrong. This law is not in the interest of the dead but for commercial purpose. Government should think of how to improve the quality of life o the people rather than cremation. Our customs and traditions do not support cremation.

“Many people will not want to be cremated and I am sure they will reject it. We have enough land that is not being used. It is just for commercial purpose,” he stated.

According to Pastor Leke Akinola of the Upper Room Baptist Church, cremation is unbiblical and against the culture of the people, saying that he did not think Nigerians would want to cremate their loved ones.

“It is just a waste of time. People just sit down to make laws and waste time. An average Nigerian will not want cremation. I have not read about cremation in the Bible,” he said.

Do you support this new cremation law?

[Report culled from PM News]



  1. Laykelistic

    June 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    This is arrant nonsense of the highest order. For Lagos state government to have approved such law, I think they should live by examples as the pastors had said before imposing it to the public. But this I believe, it should be done in that manner instead look for a better solution to solve the vices.

  2. Onigbinde Ebenezer

    June 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Let him live by example, tell your kids to CREMATE u when u die. Am not in support

  3. J dan

    June 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Don’t worry your selfs, we wil make sure, even if it will cost us are last blood for all dat put pen in the peper to sign in that law, to be creminated even if it will take bomb on their burial day, place and on the corps. That is a promise.

  4. Mercy

    June 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Dat is stupidity in d highest orda

  5. iron bar

    June 11, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    islam n xtians condemned such law.this govnr is gettn drunk a day after day

  6. lanre

    June 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Pls Fashola dont allow yourself to be pushed in order not to make a mess of your great achievements so far. It is still reversible, dont dull yourself!

  7. Mama C

    June 11, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    I know why Fashola signed dis law cos, he wont go 4 another tenure. Lyk d priest have said let them live by example.

  8. olagun Omolere

    June 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Fashola you a madman, let me tell you enough is enough your cup is already over full and you will use your mama and your daddy as examples.

  9. Oluwafunke Racheal

    June 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Nigerians and their senseless attitude. what does the bible has to do with cremation? am a Christian and I love the bill so that my great can see my ash after many years that I might have passed on instead of being buried in a place that can be acquired for public interest later. The Isrealites chose to be buried and that is their choice.

    • unknown

      June 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      u tink senselessly,burning ones body is d worst of all

    • Tumi johnson

      June 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      So wen ur grandchldren Cs ur ashes dey wud abl to gt d pcture of whm dia late grndmthr ws?…plz ‘wake up n smel d cofi’

  10. Ify Ikechukwu

    June 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    this is a matter of choice. I don’t see why you people should kill yourselves for nothing. if you choose to, good and if not, do not condemn the people that want it or which of the Christians talking know where Moses’s body was buried?

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