FREEMASONRY is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. For many, its biggest draw is the fact that members come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their race, religion, or socio-economic position in society. With value based on integrity, kindness, honesty, fairness and tolerance, Freemasonry provides a unique environment for all people to learn skills and achieve their potential and above all have fun. In this interview with PEACE ONYEUKWU, Olorogun Moses Taiga talks about the advent of Freemasonry in Nigeria and how they have impacted the lives of Nigerians positively. Excerpts…
Tell us about the advent of Freemasonry in Nigeria?
The district grand lodge of Nigeria is part of the united grand lodge of England which was formed in 1717 as a philosophical fraternity whose members sought to further their education and spirituality. The grand lodge is headed by HRH, the Duke of Kent. Freemasonry is a benevolent, social and charitable universal organisation whose members focus on lessons that help them on a journey to achieve moral and spiritual enlightenment.
What are the guiding principles of the organisation?
The three principles on which Freemasonry rests are brotherly love, belief and truth; and the great virtues of Freemasonry are hope and charity. The sublime concept of relief finds its full expression in the wider context of charity. And as a landmark of Freemasonry, it is so deeply embedded in the institution that its absence would radically modify the essence of the order. Freemasonry does not have an institutionalized system of worship and it encourages its members to be active in whichever religion or church they belong to.
What is its mission and how has it been able to achieve it?
Masonry has no other mission than to exalt and ennoble humanity to bring light out of darkness. In pursuit of its mission the grand lodge of Nigeria has over the years granted relief through various charity projects to those in need. Not only does the district compliments the Freemasonry care project which offers support to freemasons and their dependants, it has also reached out to numerous non-Masonic groups and institutions.