A Nigerian man and Facebook user Godswill Egu-Namgba who shared photos from church service he attended yesterday, had an interesting exchange with his followers who asked why he will wear a hat in church.
Defending himself after he got questioned for wearing a hat to church, Godswill Egu-Namgba claimed that his church isn’t a local church and people can wear what they like. He gave the name of the church as ‘Refined People’s Assembly’.
Here is the exchange below;
On things people wear to church, recall that the Catholic Church in Nigerian, banned its female members from wearing headwraps amid security fears.
St Theresa’s Cathedral Church in the south-eastern state of Enugu, introduced the measure saying the tall headwraps – known as a gele – formed a ‘barricade’ when women sit together on a row. At a mass on Sunday, Reverend Father Uche Obodoechina explained that the ban would take effect from September 9 because the geles make identification difficult.
‘Please, in view of the present security challenges, the church has urged women to stop coming to Sunday service with big headgears and bags to enable security men know when bomb will be smuggled into the church,’ he told worshippers reported the Nigerian Tribune.
The church has directed security men at the church gate to seize big headgears and bags.
‘This measure is aimed towards enhancing the security of the faithful during Sunday mass’ he added.
The gravity-defying wraps come in different fabrics such as damask, brocade. Among Nigerian women, one of the most popular fabrics is a metallic cloth made from jacquard. The decision to ban them was meet with surprise as Catholic churches in Nigeria, usually state that women must cover their heads during a mass.
But the crackdown is thought to be in reaction to a series of attacks by militant Islamist group Boko Haram on churches in northern and central Nigeria in recent months as part of an insurgency that has killed hundreds.