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October 1, 2016

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    I’ll continue to blame my predecessors for Nigeria’s woes – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said despite the criticisms of many, he would continue to blame his predecessors for Nigeria’s woes. He said passing the buck, which people have been frowning at, was important in order for Nigerians to know what went wrong with the country. Buhari spoke at an event tagged, “The Conversation: An evening with creative youths,” held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The event, attended also by the President’s wife, Aisha; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo; as well as governors and other top government officials, had “Creative youth as drivers…

  • Leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu (C) attends a trial for treasonable felony at the Federal High court in Abuja, on February 9, 2016.
Nnamdi Kanu, is accused by the state of "propagating a secessionist agenda" with the intention to "levy war against Nigeria". Kanu, who also runs the London-based Radio Biafra, is facing charges of treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society and illegally shipping radio equipment into the country. He has been in custody since his arrest in October 2015, despite being granted bail, and denied all charges.
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    Kanu trial: Prosecution suffers setback over bias claims

    The prosecution of leader of separatist movement Indigenous People of Biafra suffered a major setback Monday when a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja Justice John Tsoho returned his case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Justice Ibrahim Auta for reassignment. This comes after the judge washed his hands off the case on the strength of a petition against him before the National Judicial Council NJC by the detained Director of Radio Biafra, accusing him of bias. Justice Tsoho is the second judge from the bench of the Federal High Court accused by Kanu of bias in the…

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    Nigeria, sinking deeper into the mud – Catholic Bishops

    Catholic Bishops are shaking their heads over the state of the nation. They said all the old problems are still here and more are manifesting. In a statement on the State of the Nation issued at the end of their second plenary meeting at Akure, Ondo State, recently, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) concluded that nothing has changed: There is hunger in the land and many have lost their jobs. “We therefore urge the government to take proactive and practical steps towards reversing the recession. We call on Nigerians to moderate their taste for foreign goods, reduce waste…

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    Why we killed kidnapped Catholic priest – Suspects

    After collecting N1.5million as ransom, four suspected kidnappers and killers of Rev. Fr John Adeyi of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo in Benue State have revealed that they killed the cleric out of fear. Deputy gang leader of the killers, Saidu Abdullahi disclosed while being paraded before journalists at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday , that on seeing members of the vigilante group chasing after them (suspects), he (Saidu) shot and killed the priest. He disclosed further that it was even after they killed the priest that they collected the ransom. While parading the suspects, Force Public Relations Officer,…

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    Catholics in Owerri pray for peace

    Catholics in Owerri, the Imo State capital, including the clergy, religious and lay faithful, last Tuesday (September 20, 2016) held a prayer rally to solicit God’s blessings for peace in the world, Nigeria and Imo State. The exercise which held simultaneously in all Catholic Dioceses in Nigeria, was in accordance with a directive from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) that every diocese should join Pope Francis, who was at Assissi that day praying for world peace. Before the procession set out at Villa Mariae, Wetheral Road, Owerri,  His Grace Most Rev Anthony Obinna, after thanking all present, for…

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Army to deploy 1,900 personnel, 6 drones, 6 gunboats

Sep 26, 2016

A total of 1,900 military personnel would participate in the governorship election rescheduled for Wednesday, September 28. In addition, two drones are to be deployed  in each of the three senatorial districts and six gunboats for the riverine areas. The Commander, 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Benbela Raji disclosed this yesterday evening while briefing journalists shortly after a combined security meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and other sister agencies in Benin. He explained that the military personnel would not be found at either the voting or collation centres but would cordon off adjoining routes to the polling…

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Food basket: You can feed Africa, CBN tells Anambra govt

Sep 26, 2016

Nigeria should export, not import rice The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that Anambra State has the potentials of becoming not only Nigeria’s food basket, but also providing food for the African Continental and beyond. Consequently, the apex bank charged the state to bring to bear its excellent performance in commerce to agriculture to make the dream become a reality. Stating this in a speech he delivered on behalf of the Director, Development Finance Department of the CBN, during the flag-off of Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) in Anambra State, the bank’s Branch Controller, Awka Branch, Mr. C.M. Sokari,…

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Mrs Jonathan to drag EFCC before West African Court

Sep 26, 2016

Former first lady, Mrs Patience Ibifaka Jonathan has concluded plans to drag the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the African Commission of Human and Peoples Right in Gambia. Sources close to the legal team said they took the decision to seek legal redress in a court free from manipulation. Already a new group, The Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra (TRIPOB) has thrown its weight behind the decision to drag the EFCC before the African Commission of Human and Peopless Right over its case Mrs Jonathan. The group, in statement by its spokesman,  Chima “Phillip Effiong” Osuji,  condemned what…

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Tunnel construction threatens T.C.K. Osuji’s residence, others

Sep 25, 2016

The tunnel being constructed by the Imo State Government across Assumpta Avenue Owerri is posing a great danger to the house of an elder stateman, Mr. T.C.K. Osuji and other residents of the area. Showing our reporter round the building, Dame Rose Osuji, wife of T.C.K. Osuji said flood from Control Post has eaten deep into their fence and it could give way any moment from now unless those constructing the tunnel did something urgently to check the menace. She said that despite her warning at the beginning of the construction that blocking the water channel would pose great danger…

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Boko Haram: 611 teachers killed, 13,000 churches destroyed, 1,5000 schools shut

Sep 25, 2016

Over 14 million Nigerians are directly affected by humanitarian crises in the North-east region of the country, two international humanitarian groups have reported. The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative from the United States and the Stefanus Foundation, based in Nigeria, gave the figure on Monday in Abuja. Addressing journalists during a programme organised to highlight the challenges of terror victims in the country, Mark Lipdo, Executive Director of the Stefanus Foundation, said a research conducted by the groups revealed the figure. “14.8 million Nigerians from Northeast are directly impacted by the crisis. Officially, there are 2.2 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs….

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Lessons from the story of prodigal son

Sep 25, 2016

…As Fr. Onyekwere decries  state of roads Catholics have been called upon to learn a lesson from the story of the prodigal son. Preaching at Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Sunday September 11, the Cathedral Administrator Fr. Gerard Onyekwere said the prodigal son wanted his share of inheritance and he wanted it immediately. With the share of the wealth, he went on spending spree, indulging in whatever sinful pleasures money could buy until the money finished and he began to reflect upon just how good he had it before he went off on his lustful tangent. “So, when the prodigal son…

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Glorious exit of Mama Helen Ihentuge

The family members of late Pa Charles Ihentuge of Ihitte Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA expressed gratefulness to God over a virtuous life lived by their mother, Mrs. Helen Adaure Ihentuge as she was committed to mother earth in her husband’s compound after a requiem Mass at St. Benignus Catholic Parish Ihitte Mbieri, Friday September 16. The funeral Mass which was well attended attracted over 30 priests including Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theophilus Okere, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus Oha, Secretary/Chancellor Owerri Archdiocese, and Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Ethelbert Amaku Cmf, Rector Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Maryland Nekede. Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, Vicar…

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Owerri Archdiocesan CMO ends her 2016 annual retreat

A two day 2016 annual retreat organized by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO), came to an end at the Knights of St. John’s International Secretariat Owerri, on Saturday September 10, 2016. The retreat which drew various CMO Presidents and Secretaries from Catholic Parishes in Owerri Archdiocese kicked off with confession, offering the participants the opportunity of purifying their hearts to embrace the retreat. This Retreat was in preparation for the CMO Day celebration at the Archdiocesan level slated for Saturday October 15, 2016. The retreat has as its theme, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, PURGATORY, CONSCIENCE AND…

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Eze Iwueze tasks women on humility

Mothers have been urged to remain submissive to their husbands even when the family situation saddles them with responsibility for providing for the family. The Eze-elect of newly created Mgbam-Agbaja autonomous community Ehime Mbano, HRH Emmanuel Okechukwu Iwueze gave the charge as he addressed the maiden women August Home and Abroad meeting of his community when he paid them a solidarity visit at the Umudurebo community school Mgbam-Agbaja. The Royal father drew attention to rampant loss of jobs and other means of livelihood in the country, which he said has deprived many husbands of their means of sustaining their families,…

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CYON Mount Carmel Emekuku celebrates Youth Week /cultural day in grand style

The parish CYON members expressed high level of excitement and thanksgiving to Almighty God on the  grand finale of her Youth Week celebration on Sunday 11th, September 2016 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mother Parish Emekuku. The week long event commenced on Monday 5th September, 2016 with series of religious and entertaining activities; lectures were also delivered on the following topics: “Relationship and sexuality among youths by Community and Youth Development Initiatives (CYDI)”, with free HIV/AIDS test, “Why youths must participate in politics and their role in building the economy of Nigeria by Mr. Michael Ibekwe” and Youths as…

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Year 2016 Iri-Ji Mbaise celebration

The Iri-Ji Mbaise cultural festival, an annual event which cuts across the clans of Mbaise nation namely: Ezinihitte, Ekwereazu, Agbaja, Ahiara AND Oke-Uvuru was celebrated at Aboh Mbaise LGA Headquarters Secondary School field, August 15th 2016, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s body and soul into heaven; because of the commemoration of our Lady’s Asumption, the festival begins with celebration of the Holy Eucharist in catholic parishes in Ahiara Mbaise diocese. At St. John the Apostle Church Umuokwuru Ihitte, Rev. Fr. Marcel Asika Okafor thanked the faithful in Mbaise for matching their annual festival with the…

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Leadership is for service, not intimidation – Fr Ralph Madu

…As Fr George Nwachukwu celebrates silver jubilee When, on being sworn-in, late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua stated that he was going to adopt a servant leadership model, he used the metaphor to draw attention to the simplicity, sacrifice and self-giving sense of service that he hoped to bring to leadership. This he tried to live out in his presidency in spite of his fragile health. Today the notion of servant leadership and its option for the poor poses a serious challenge to Africa in general and Nigeria in particular. Rev Fr Ralph Madu, Secretary General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, recalled…

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Catholics in Owerri pray for peace

Catholics in Owerri, the Imo State capital, including the clergy, religious and lay faithful, last Tuesday (September 20, 2016) held a prayer rally to solicit God’s blessings for peace in the world, Nigeria and Imo State. The exercise which held simultaneously in all Catholic Dioceses in Nigeria, was in accordance with a directive from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) that every diocese should join Pope Francis, who was at Assissi that day praying for world peace. Before the procession set out at Villa Mariae, Wetheral Road, Owerri,  His Grace Most Rev Anthony Obinna, after thanking all present, for…

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Msgr. Eke lauds Blessed Tansi PPC for giant strides

…As council pays him courtesy visit The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of Blessed Tansi Catholic Church, Ugwu Orji in Owerri North LGA has received a pat on the back for its numerous infrastructural achievements, since it attained parish status eight years ago. Rev Msgr. Anthony Eke, Parish Priest St. Helen’s Church Irete in Owerri West LGA, gave the commendation while interacting with members of the council by their parish priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo who were led on a courtesy visit to him, Sunday September 18, 2016. Filled with delight at the progress the young and dynamic church has…

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Lessons from the story of prodigal son

…As Fr. Onyekwere decries  state of roads Catholics have been called upon to learn a lesson from the story of the prodigal son. Preaching at Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Sunday September 11, the Cathedral Administrator Fr. Gerard Onyekwere said the prodigal son wanted his share of inheritance and he wanted it immediately. With the share of the wealth, he went on spending spree, indulging in whatever sinful pleasures money could buy until the money finished and he began to reflect upon just how good he had it before he went off on his lustful tangent. “So, when the prodigal son…

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KSM Holy Rosary Sub-Council receives her new priest

The new priest poses with his parents and other members of the Holy Rosary Sub-Council The ordination of Rev Fr Nnaemeka Ugochukwu Njezi as a priest of God according to the order of Melchizedek took place on the 6th of August 2016 at Assumpta Cathedral by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province His Grace Most Rev Dr. A.J.V Obinna. Thereafter on the 7th of August 2016, the people of Awo-Omamma received their son Rev. Fr. Nnemeka Ugochukwu Njezi, the seventh priest in order of precedence in the community. This was a colourful event as it was his first outing…

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LSM Sancta Mariae Sub-Council Owerri ends 2016 seminar

The Ladies of Saint Mulumba Nigeria (LSM), Sancta Mariah Sub-Council Owerri has rounded off her 2016 Seminar at Claret Academy, New Owerri, September 10. The seminar which served as an avenue of enriching and re-awakening the spirit of members to the vocation to which they are called was well attended by the ladies. Three papers were presented on different contemporary issues aimed at reminding the ladies on the need to take up the challenges posed by the situation around us today. The first paper titled “Prayer: The source of life of the family”, was presented by Sr. Victoria Amasiatu. She…

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Encomiums as Ezinne Anna Ekeanyanwu goes home

The mortal remains of Ezinne Adanna Ekeanyanwu, a catalyst were on Saturday September 3, 2016, interred in her husband’s compound Umunkita Nnarambia Ahiara after a requiem Mass at St. Brigid’s Cathedral Parish Nnaramhia Ahiara, Ahiazu LGA Mbaise amidst numerous sympathizers, friends and well wishers from far and near. Celebrating the requiem Mass were more than 25 priests including former Diocesan Administrator, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theo Nwalo the chief celebrant, Very Rev. Fr. Austine B. Ekechukwu president Ahiara Diocesan Presbyterium, Fr. Sabinus Iwu Seat of Wisdom seminary Owerri, Fr. Anselm Onuoha, Fr. Tony Anyanwu the parish priest among others. Delivering the…