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December 3, 2016

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    Military launches ‘Operation Python Dance’ against secessionist groups in South-East

    The Nigerian Army on Monday launched ‘Operation Python Dance’ in the South-East part of the country. It, therefore, warned secessionist groups against acts capable of threatening the nation’s sovereignty. It said it would not hesitate to apply the Rule of Engagement to deploy troops and deal with secessionists as appropriate. According to the military, the exercise became imperative in anticipation of rise in violent crimes during the Yuletide. In a statement made available to newsmen in Awka, the Anambra State capital, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said the operation would last from November 27 to…

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    Igbos are hated in Nigeria – Ex-Military VP, Ukiwe

    A former Chief of General Staff in the military era, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd), on Wednesday claimed that the Igbo race is hated in Nigeria. Speaking in Lagos, the elder statesman said rather than lament their plight, Igbos should stay focused on their strength because “they have what it takes to succeed in Nigeria.” According to Ukiwe, ‘’Igbo people are great people, it is unfortunate that they are being hated. But I am urging them to stop lamenting. This is not the time for lamentation. Igbo people should get up and move on because hatred is not always a bad…

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    Investigate killing of IPOB, Shiite members now – Falana tells FG

    A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, on Monday called on the Federal Government to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the killing of MASSOB/IPOB members as well as scores of Shiites who were allegedly killed by the military and the police. Falana made the call while delivering a paper at the 2016 Law Week of the Jos branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, entitled:” War Against Corruption-Issues and Challenges Confronting the Judiciary.” He said, “In view of the admission of the Nigerian Army that it killed 5 protesters instead of the 150 alleged by Amnesty International, we…

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    Buhari’s regime worst ever – says Balarabe Musa

    Second Republic Governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, tagging his (Buhari’s) govenment as the worst in the nation’s political history. Alhaji Musa gave the verdict on the regime of Buhari in an exclusive interview with the Daily Times at his residence in Kaduna. The former Governor, who was a one-time national leader of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), equally submitted that Nigeria has since 1999 till date not been practicing democracy. Instead, the chieftain of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) pointed out that what the nation has been…

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    Nigeria security forces ‘killed 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters’ -Amnesty Int’l

    …We acted professionally Army replies, alleges blackmail Nigeria’s security forces have killed more than 150 peaceful protesters since August 2015, a human rights group has claimed. Amnesty International said the country’s military used live ammunition and deadly force against pro-Biafra protesters who were campaigning for independence from Nigeria. Nigeria’s police denies allegations that it used unnecessary force. The country’s army said Amnesty was trying to tarnish its reputation. Amnesty’s report is based on interviews with almost 200 people, alongside more than 100 photographs and 87 videos. Among the allegations contained in the report are what Amnesty called “extrajudicial executions”, when…

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Encomiums as Chief Chika Emenike builds home for the sick

Dec 2, 2016

It was a joyful moment and a day that will remain evergreen at Ave Maria Centre, Urualla Ideato North L.G.A of Imo State Wednesday, November 30, 2016 as the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma commissioned the “Health of the Sick” House built and donated to a Charity Home, the to Ave Maria Centre by the illustrious son of the area, Chief Chika Emenike. Rev Fr. Raymond Ozowara while delivering a homily during the opening Mass, enjoined Christians to sustain their hope in God, who does not disappoint. He explained that trouble comes sometimes in human life, but…

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Igbos are hated in Nigeria – Ex-Military VP, Ukiwe

Dec 2, 2016

A former Chief of General Staff in the military era, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd), on Wednesday claimed that the Igbo race is hated in Nigeria. Speaking in Lagos, the elder statesman said rather than lament their plight, Igbos should stay focused on their strength because “they have what it takes to succeed in Nigeria.” According to Ukiwe, ‘’Igbo people are great people, it is unfortunate that they are being hated. But I am urging them to stop lamenting. This is not the time for lamentation. Igbo people should get up and move on because hatred is not always a bad…

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Femi Fani-Kayode: My encounter with Nnamdi Kanu

Nov 26, 2016

In my essay titled “Head Bloodied But Not Bowed And The Ascension Of President-Elect Donald J. Trump” (Part 1) I wrote the following: “When I went to visit the great and brilliant freedom fighter, Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of IPOB and easily the most courageous, powerful and credible Igbo leader in Nigeria today in his cell we had a very instructive and long discussion. I had never met Nnamdi before and I was amazed at his depth of knowledge, his immense courage and his deep convictions. There is no doubt in my mind that that man is going…

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KSJI elevates 183 Sir Knights to Chavelir …4th Degree

Nov 22, 2016

A total of 183 members of the 2nd & 3rd Degree of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) also called Sir Knights, from across the country,  were recently exemplified into the Fourth Degree (Chavelir) of the Noble Order. The epoch-making event which had candidates from all the Grand Commanderies in Nigeria took place at KSJI complex behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, lasted from Thursday November 3 to Sunday November 5, 2016. Dignitaries present included: Rev. Fr. Prof. Kenneth Obasi, the Supreme Subordinate Spiritual Director, who presided at the exemplification Mass, concelebrated with the Chavelir Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Nwabude…

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Mother Maria Assumpta celebrates Golden Jubilee of Profession

Nov 13, 2016

Friends and well wishers gathered at St. Joseph Camelite Monastery, Wetheral Road Owerri, Imo State, on 29th October, 2016, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the Religious Profession of, Rev. Mother Maria Assumpta of the Holy Angels, OCD. The golden jubilee celebration commenced with a pontifical thanksgiving Mass presided over by the Owerri Metropolitan Archbishop, His Grace, Anthony J.V. Obinna, assisted by numerous priests from various dioceses. In his homily, Archbishop Obinna gave God the glory for the gift of life and grace showered on the jubilarian, Mother Maria Assumpta from her novitiate to the present stage in the…

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Why APGA merged with UPP – APGA National Chairman

Nov 13, 2016

Reasons for the recent merger of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with the United Progressives Party (UPP) have been made public. They include: The party being engulfed in an intractable and lingering leadership tussle for the past 13 years, with the likelihood of the court litigations lasting till 2019 general elections. That Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi State stakeholders perceive the way their Anambra counterparts run the affairs of the party (as if it were only an Anambra affair) as a betrayal of the mission of the founding fathers of APGA. These facts were contained in the address by…

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Encomiums as Chief Chika Emenike builds home for the sick

It was a joyful moment and a day that will remain evergreen at Ave Maria Centre, Urualla Ideato North L.G.A of Imo State Wednesday, November 30, 2016 as the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma commissioned the “Health of the Sick” House built and donated to a Charity Home, the to Ave Maria Centre by the illustrious son of the area, Chief Chika Emenike. Rev Fr. Raymond Ozowara while delivering a homily during the opening Mass, enjoined Christians to sustain their hope in God, who does not disappoint. He explained that trouble comes sometimes in human life, but…

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KSJI Commandery 560 Izombe puts smiles on faces of needy

Knights of St. John International, Holy Family Commandery 560 Izombe, Saturday, November 12, 2016, paid a charity visit to St. Helen’s Catholic Church Irete, where they donated various items of foodstuff for distribution to the needy in the parish. The items include: rice, indomie, toilet soap, tomato, groundnut oil and clothing materials. The Knights and Ladies, who were led by their Worthy President, Major Edwin Irechukwu, were on arrival received by the Parish Priest, Rev. Msgr. Anthony Eke who was in the company of the Parish Pastoral Council Chairman, Sir Obeche Remegius (KSM) Welcoming his guests, on behalf of the…

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Knights, Ladies hold memorial Mass for departed members of KSJI District 8

Knights of St. John International (KSJI) and their Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX) from the seven local Commanderies of KSJI District 8 Owerri, on Saturday November 5, 2016 celebrated a memorial Mass for the repose of the souls of their dead members. The Commanderies are: Holy Cross Commandery 422 Owerri, St. Michael’s Commandery 539 Akabo and Holy Family Commandery 560 Izombe. The rest are: Assumpta Commandery 655 Aladinma, St. Patrick’s Commendery 777 Uratta, Commandery 778 Ngor Okpala and St. Michael’s Commandery 824 Atta. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the District Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Xavier Francis Ekwugha, who concelebrated with Rev….

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KSJI elevates 183 Sir Knights to Chavelir …4th Degree

A total of 183 members of the 2nd & 3rd Degree of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) also called Sir Knights, from across the country,  were recently exemplified into the Fourth Degree (Chavelir) of the Noble Order. The epoch-making event which had candidates from all the Grand Commanderies in Nigeria took place at KSJI complex behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, lasted from Thursday November 3 to Sunday November 5, 2016. Dignitaries present included: Rev. Fr. Prof. Kenneth Obasi, the Supreme Subordinate Spiritual Director, who presided at the exemplification Mass, concelebrated with the Chavelir Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Nwabude…

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Bishop Ukwuoma tasks on spirit of mercy …As Year of Mercy closes

Wednesday November16, 2016 was a remarkable day in the Catholic Diocese of Orlu as mammoth crowd gathered at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu to mark the closing of the Year of Mercy. It would be recalled that the Local Ordinary of the Diocese, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma opened the Door of Mercy as directed by the Holy Sea. The ceremony marking the closing of the Year of Mercy began with a rosary procession within the premises of the Cathedral. Delivering a homily during the Holy Mass, the Most Rev Ukwuoma noted that most religions do not believe in mercy as…

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Mother Maria Assumpta celebrates Golden Jubilee of Profession

Friends and well wishers gathered at St. Joseph Camelite Monastery, Wetheral Road Owerri, Imo State, on 29th October, 2016, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the Religious Profession of, Rev. Mother Maria Assumpta of the Holy Angels, OCD. The golden jubilee celebration commenced with a pontifical thanksgiving Mass presided over by the Owerri Metropolitan Archbishop, His Grace, Anthony J.V. Obinna, assisted by numerous priests from various dioceses. In his homily, Archbishop Obinna gave God the glory for the gift of life and grace showered on the jubilarian, Mother Maria Assumpta from her novitiate to the present stage in the…

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Harvest: Archbishop Obinna commends Assumpta parishioners

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Oweri has commended the Catholic community of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri for making contributions to support the work of God despite the economic recession. The Archbishop made the commendation during the Harvest Thanksgiving Mass of the parish held Sunday November 6, tagged, “Harvest of God’s Mercy”. He expressed satisfaction with the theme, saying Harvest of God’s mercy was an encouragement that with the mercy of God, we can ascend instead of going from recession to depression and desperation. “So, whatever way God encourages you, do it as a way of appreciating God’s…

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Bishop Amatu extols Mothers …As CWO Okigwe diocese marks Day

Catholic mothers have been extolled for their unity of purpose and sustained support in the diocese which has contributed in no small measure to the growth of the church. Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. S.A. Amatu expressed the appreciation as he declared open activities for the 2016 CWO Day for the diocese held October 22nd 2016 at the CWO conference centre, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe. The prelate who had earlier in his homily during the holy Mass that marked the occasion, called on mothers to key into activities for closing the Extra-ordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy as it draws…

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Nigerian Bishops host Int’l Conference on Pentecostalism

An International Conference on Pentecostalism, being hosted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, begins in Abuja on Monday, November 14, 2016. Jointly organized by the Bishops’ Conference and the German Bishops Conference, the four-day programme is expected to be attended by experts and academicians from different parts of the world to discuss the theme: *The Catholic Church and Pentecostalism: Challenges in the Nigerian Context.* The programme is being sponsored by Missio Aachen of Germany. The programme, which is a follow-up to an earlier international programme on a related subject matter, held in Rome in 2013; will among other things …

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Dr C.C. Nwigwe is remembered – Hold on to your faith, Christians urged

Trials and difficulties are part of life which no one should expect to be exempted from. This natural aphorism formed the platform of a homily delivered at St Patrick’s Catholic Church Ekwereazu Umuokrika, Ahiazu Mbaise by Rev. Fr. Celestine Anyanwu during a Eucharistic celebration that ushered in the one year memorial activities of Chief  Dr. Clement Chikere Nwigwe, Ph.D, MPCF, KSM, JP, Sunday November 6. The priest who was preaching on the theme: ”Hold on to your faith” enjoined Christians not to be laid astray by the difficulties of the present-day society. He said that the pitiable state of the…

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Owerri PG. commends IMSU Igwe in Council for promoting Igbo language, culture

The Students Traditional Council of Imo State University Owerri, (Igwe in council) paid a courtesy visit to the Interim President General of Owere Communities Assembly (OCA), Chief Dr. Christian Oweaya Anukam (Agbawodikeizu Owere) on Wednesday October 26, 2016, at his residence to thank him for what he has been doing for them and also seek assistance in their current project of reviving Igbo culture and tradition. Speaking at the occasion, Chief Oweaya reiterated his love for the Igbo language and culture, stating that it has taken him to places including America and Europe. “I don’t go to these countries just…

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League of Friends felicitates with new SEMB boss

The League of Friends Owerri on Tuesday Nov. 8 paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Executive Secretary, Secondary Education Board (SEMB), Owerri, Sir C.E.O. Chukwu. Speaking during the occasion, the leader (speaker) of the association, Engr Emma Njoku said they came to congratulate Sir Chukwu, who is a member of the body and to assure him of their prayerful support and solidarity. Chief Njoku said they were glad and thankful to God for the elevation of Sir C.E.O. Chukwu, adding that “when it was God’s time to lift him up, He did it in a spectacular and amazing…