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January 18, 2017

  • Nigerians see corrupt politicians as heroes – Osinbajo, ICPC boss

    Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday regretted that some Nigerians still see politicians who steal from the treasury as heroes. Also, the National Chairman of the   Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, has said corruption has become a big and lucrative in Nigeria despite the war being waged against the scourge. Osinbajo also noted that many others did not see anything wrong when the politicians involved in stealing the nation’s commonwealth were their kinsmen. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President spoke while granting audience…

  • We still have Herods in Nigeria – Archbishop Obinna …Vows to continue to speak out

    You know the story of Herod, the Roman-appointed king of the Jews. You are also familiar with the biblical account of how this tyrant ordered the massacre of the Innocents in order to keep his throne. According to Biblical account, Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a new born king of the Jews, whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. Preaching at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, during the Epiphany of the Lord, January 8, the Catholic Archbishop of…

  • Mass Slaughter: …Outrage over killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna

    Hundreds of innocent Christians have been slaughtered in Southern Kaduna, as bloodthirsty Fulani Herdsmen spread their killings to that part of the country. Reports say over 800 people, most of them women and children have died and 57 injured, in recent attacks of 53 villages. No fewer than 16 churches were burnt alongside the destruction of 1,422 houses and farm produce worth N5.5 billion. In the last year, Nigeria has witnessed a harvest of killings by the same marauding herdsmen with several cases of massacre in Agatu, Benue state, Uzo Uwani, Enugu state with several attacks in Taraba, Delta and…

  • Pensioners Storm Owerri Again …Demand pay and say no to forfeiting 60% of it

    Christmas and New Year rice didn’t make any difference as pensioners had none. For the 3rd time, pensioners in Imo State last Thursday blocked traffic in Owerri to make clear their point and to demand that government pays their arrears of pensions and gratuities. “As at December 2016 the State is owing Imo pensioners between 22 months and 77 months arrears of pensions.Our gratuities have remained unpaid since 1998 till date. Also the Government has refused to harmonise our pensions since 2000 to date” said Chief G.U. Ezeji, chairman Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Imo State in a press release. To…

  • Publish names, accounts of N5,000 beneficiaries, Fayose tells Buhari

    EKITI State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to publish the names and accounts of poor Nigerians his government has started paying N5,000 monthly stipend. Enemy pretending as my husband’s friends will be exposed –Wife Fayose described the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCI’) of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Social Investment Programme (SIP) as mere propaganda. “A blind man will say: It is when it gets into my mouth I will say you are feeding me, not promises,” he said. The federal government in a statement on Monday said funds for the commencement of the payments in four states…

FEATURES

FG suspends controversial Corporate Governance Law …We’ll make our stand known soon – CAN

Jan 15, 2017

The Federal Government has suspended the law which forced Pastor Enoch Adeboye to step down as the Nigeria General Overseer of the Redeemed of God (RCCG). The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), under Jim Obazee, had directed Not-For-Profit Organizations (NFPOs) – including churches and mosques – to comply with a corporate governance code stipulating a term of 20 years for heads of such entities. It was by this provision that Adeboye, who had spent over 20 years as GO of RCCG, named Pastor Joshua Obayemi to head the Nigerian church as national overseer while he remained the worldwide general overseer of…

Nigerians In Indian Prisons cry for justice

Jan 15, 2017

Prisoners of Nigerian nationality in Tihar jail New Delhi India, have cried out for justice to both the Indian and Federal Governments of Nigerian. They have accused the prison officals of high rate of human rights violation and the Nigeria High Commission in Indian of abandoning them without investigating  their cases. An SOS  to the public,   addressed to the mass media- TV, Radio and Newspapers, titled: Incarceration and denial of fair justice to Nigerian prisoners in New Delhi India read as follows: In India, a new Delhi Trial court judge, Mr Deepak Garg of Patiala House court, is currently fighting…

How I killed IMSU graduate, 3 others in Owerri – 20-year-old cultist confesses

Jan 15, 2017

The Imo State Police Command on Monday arrested a 20-year-old self-confessed member of Aye confraternity for allegedly killing a graduate of the Imo State University, IMSU. The suspect, (name withheld) alias Nwa Pastor, who had been on the command’s wanted list for robbery, murder and cultism, was arrested at a beach in Mechanic Village, Nekede, in Owerri West Local Government Area. The state police spokesman, Deputy Superintendent Andrew Enwerem, paraded the suspect before newsmen on Tuesday, recalling that the deceased, identified simply as Chikabala, had gone to complete his clearance at the university, preparatory for the mandatory one-year National Youth…

Imo youths brainstorm on skills for Oil and Gas Industry

Jan 14, 2017

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board held a one-day brainstorming. sensitization workshop for youths in Okigwe Zone on Friday December 23 2016 at Ehime Mbano Council Hall. Topics meticulously delivered at the event include; Relevant skills in Oil and Gas and how to acquire them, presented by Sir Egbuchulam Obinna; How host Communities and Youths can benefit from the Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010 by Prof. Samuel Ezeanyika and Mandate of the Board and its Capacity Building Activities delivered by Dr. Francis Olisa. In an address by Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary of the Nigeria…

Between Gov Okorocha & Archbishop Obinna

Jan 14, 2017

On Wednesday December 14, 2016, the Imo State Chief Executive, Owelle Rochas Okorocha took out time to take swipe on the Owerri Metropolitan Prelate of the Catholic Ecclesiastical Province, Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna for expressing his concern on the plight of his flock, the children of God who have been under subjugation over the years especially the elder statesmen and women who have been condemned to imminent death through hunger and starvation occasioned by non-payment of their monthly emoluments, spanning between 12 to 33 months arrears of pension. The Governor in his capacity had threatened to pull the Archbishop down…

Young Nigerian Leaders Inspire Hope

Jan 14, 2017

Hope came alive for Nigeria at a recent conference in Owerri, Imo State Capital, when 47 young, bright, hard working, confident and thinking university students stood up for a better and responsible nation. These are Emerging Nigerian Leaders (ENLs) who attended a two-day Emerging Nigerian Leaders Foundation Conference (December 16 – 18), as part of their three-year nurturing programme under the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, INC (CSAAEINC). Among other things, the youths showcased over 25 innovative Community Development Projects inspired and supported by the Centre.   ELP Community Projects aim at providing ethical and innovative solutions to…

EVENT

Msgr. Celestine Nwokocha marks priestly Golden Jubilee

…Humane, simple, inspiring priest – Bishop L.I. Ugorji It was a moment for recounting the blessings and goodness of the Lord in the life and vocation of Very Rev. Msgr. Dr. Celestine Chiwuike Amaraegbu Nwokocha as the world literally converged on the satellite parish of St. Paul’s Umuezealama Ehime Mbano on Saturday 17th December, 2016 to herald fifty years of his priestly ordination. He was ordained on 16th December 1966 at St. Peter’s Basilica Rome. Declaring open the jubilee Mass, graced by two Bishops – S.A. Amatu of Okigwe and L.I. Ugorji of Umuahia, Msgr. Nwokocha who was the principal…

St Vincent De Paul Society feeds inmates at Christmas

It was jubilation galore at the Federal Prisons Owerri during the Christmas season as members of St Vincent de Paul in Owerri Archdiocese from Zone 1 Emekuku and Zone 6 Owerri made up of fifteen conferences came out in their numbers to celebrate Christmas with the inmates. The Prison chapel band was on hand to supply to melodious Christian songs while the drama group in a show of appreciation entertained the Vincentians with a drama titled: “There is power in the words of the Lord”, in which they thanked the society of St Vincent de Paul in Owérri Archdiocese for…

KSJI Ladies Auxiliary donates house to widow in Mbano

Joy knew no bounds at Ewuru, a suburb community in Umunachi autonomous community in Osuama clan, Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo State on Monday 19th December 2016 as the supreme subordinate Ladies Auxiliary Knights of St. John International Nigeria stormed the community with unprecedented outpouring of charity. Occasion was the commissioning of the widow’s housing project which beneficiary was Lady Elfreda Aloka and her only son. It all began with a concelebrated Eucharistic Sacrifice at which the Bishop of Okigwe Most Rev. S.A. Amatu presided. He was represented by the Vicar General II, Very Rev. Dr. Barth Nnaemedo. Other concelebrants…

Imo youths brainstorm on skills for Oil and Gas Industry

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board held a one-day brainstorming. sensitization workshop for youths in Okigwe Zone on Friday December 23 2016 at Ehime Mbano Council Hall. Topics meticulously delivered at the event include; Relevant skills in Oil and Gas and how to acquire them, presented by Sir Egbuchulam Obinna; How host Communities and Youths can benefit from the Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010 by Prof. Samuel Ezeanyika and Mandate of the Board and its Capacity Building Activities delivered by Dr. Francis Olisa. In an address by Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary of the Nigeria…

Eze Francis Tobechi Obute builds Civic Hall for Umuihim Community …..As Fr. Tony Dieme harps on charity

Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme, Parish Priest, St. Joseph Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano L.G.A, celebrated the Holy Eucharist on Saturday December 24′ 2016 during the dedication of an Ultra Modern Civic Hall solely built and donated to Umualumaku/Umuihim Community by His Royal Highness Eze Francis Tobechi Obute (Ohazurumee II). In his homily, Fr. Dieme gave thanks to God for his gift of Eze Francis Obute who sacrificed his resources this austere time to solely procure land and effect the construction of the ultra modern edifice at Umunka for the use of natives for both religious and socio-cultural activities. He paid…

Emekuku Zone I celebrates Christmas Cantata

It was a moment of joy and praises to God Almighty as different choirs from different Parishes in Emekuku Zone 1 gathered together at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Agbala for this year’s Christmas cantata. Six choirs attended the ceremony. They include Holy Cross Emii, St. Jude’s Naze, Mount Carmel Emekuku, St. Mary’s Umuawuka, Holy Trinity Awaka, and the host Parish St. Mary’s Agbala. In his opening speech, the Parish Priest of the host Parish on behalf of the entire parishioners welcomed the priests and their delegates from different parishes of the Zone and prayed to God Almighty to bless the…

Fr. Obilor explains why Christian must be like Jesus

Christ’s faithful have been reminded that to follow Jesus is to be like him, because he is the way that leads to God the father. Rev. Fr. (Prof) John Obilor gave the reminder recently while delivering a four-page spiritual talk titled: “The Way” at the 2016 Initiation ceremony of Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John International in Owerri. He said: “The Way is the way of Jesus Christ. This way leads to the father. Jesus is the way to God. He invites us in many ways to follow him. To follow Jesus is to be like him. He…

St. Michael’s Parish Ngwoma Obube dedicated

At exactly 12:10pm, 31st December 2016, following the dedication prayer said by the Archbishop of the Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna at the Altar of St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Ngwoma Obube, the three years old parish was formally dedicated to the glory of God and salvation of mankind. …Your parish is the fastest developed parish in the Archdiocese – Archbishop Obinna This was greeted with gunshots (Nkpurala) and a great feeling of excitement and cheers from parishioners, who trooped out en-masse, glowing in their parish uniform, cancelling other engagements during the yuletide, just to witness this epoch-making event…

Archbishop Obinna wants knights to participate actively in civil society

Knights of the church have been called upon to be strong participants in the affairs of the civil society. The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, made the call recently when the Joint Grand Board of Trustees (JGBOT) of knights of St. John International (KSJI) Owerri Grand Commandery, paid him a courtesy call, as part of their 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM). He explained that knights and their ladies, as well as other Christ’s faithful are called to a life of holiness to reflect not only in their individual families and private lives but also…

Sanctity of Christian marriage sacrosanct – Prof. Okonkwo …As Juliet weds Stephen Umezuruike

Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Ibeawuchi of Claretian Institute, Nekede, Owerri concelebrated the Eucharist at the consecration of the marriage between Juliet Chiemela Diala Okonkwo and Ifeanyi Stephen Umezuruike at C.K.C Catholic Church Umuokeh Obowo L.G.A, Imo State on Tuesday 27th December 2016. Fr. Ibeawuchi was assisted at the Mass by Rev. Fr. Kevin Ikpa, Parish Priest and Fr. Princewill Iwuanyanwu, the curate. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Ikpa postulated that when God created Adam, he was lonely, unhappy and in a moody form until Eve was created. According to him, Adam became happy and joyous when Eve his companion was…

Umuonyia Team wins Thaddeus Nwaigwe Memorial tournament

The grand finale of late Sir Thaddeus Nwaigwe memorial Championship was played at the School field of St. Joseph’s Primary School Umualumaku Ehime Mbano LG.A on Wednesday 28th December, 2016. The Ninth Edition of the Championship sponsored by Chief Eddy Njoku (KSJI) in memory of his late brother in-law, Sir Thaddeus Nwaigwe was attended by a crowd of enthusiastic football lovers under a smooth and conducive atmosphere, before the watchful eyes of His Royal Highness Eze C.U. Okoro (Aku I of Umualumaku) and lady Nwaigwe Julian N. (Laux) widow of the deceased philanthropist. In the thrilling and excruciating encounter played…

Archbishop Obinna Confirms 61 at Blessed Tansi Parish Orji

A total of 61 Parishioners of Blessed Tansi Catholic Church, Ugwu Orji Owerri, on Friday, December 23, 2016, received the Sacrament of Confirmation, administered by His Grace Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. The prelate who arrived the young fast-growing parish at 6pm was assisted by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo, his Assistant, Rev. Eziamauche Onuoha and the priest in residence, Rev. FR. John Bosco Ucheariko. The Archbishop spent some time examining the candidates to ensure that they had learnt what they ought to, in order to qualify for the sacrament. First, he posed questions…