Some Nigerian women now sell their private parts, including wombs, ovaries and human eggs, as commodities at the global bio-technology market, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has said.
The President of CBCN and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, made the revelation in his keynote address on Thursday in Abuja during the International Family and Pro-Life Conference, with the theme, “Witnesses to the dignity of every human life.”
The Bishop, who spoke on the topic, “The Catholic church in Nigeria and the imperative of scaling up pro-life activities across the country”, stated that “some scientists and dubious businessmen use members of the National Assembly to gain legal access to the wombs and ovaries of women and young girls.”
He said, “It is becoming increasingly clear to us that even in Nigeria, our women have become the target of all manners of intrigues, especially as their fertility is concerned.
“Personal private parts of women, ranging from wombs, ovaries and human eggs risk being put up as commodities for sale at the global biotechnology marketplaces.”
Kaigama also decried the spate of killings in Nigeria and other parts of the world, adding that human life has become cheaper than a loaf of bread.
He added, “Throughout the world today, human life and the enduring values of human dignity, sanctity of marriage and family life have become grossly diminished by ideologies, politicians, religious extremists and businessmen and businesswomen.
“In Nigeria, we have lately become overwhelmed by the spate of reckless killings and spilling of human blood, where ritual murders, unresolved assassinations, kidnapping, cultism and terrorism have become part of our daily news and life experiences.
“Regrettably, human life has become cheaper than a loaf of bread. From hijacking and loss of airborne planes to the avoidable mishaps of sinking of ships and ferries loaded with passengers, to the mindless wars and avoidable military conflicts, human lives are wantonly wasted everywhere, everyday.”
He, however, recommended peace, saying the absence of peace endangers human life and denigrates human dignity.
Kaigama urged delegates to “support activities that help families to be functional, loving and stable. Learn more about the teachings of the church on human life, family and family planning. Parents must take more interest in the contents of the curricula used for teaching their children in schools.” Punch