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May 28, 2018

School prefect stabbed to death for enforcing discipline

Tragedy stuck at 13 Amphibious Brigade, Eburutu Baracks, Ikot Ansa in Calabar Municipality of Cross River State recently when the Labour Prefect of Army Day Secondary School, Boniface Odinakachukwu, 19, was stabbed to death for confiscating fellow student’s sandals. Investigations revealed that Boniface, an SS II student and an indigene of Onicha-Igboeze Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, met his untimely death penultimate week when his fellow SS II student, one Francis (surname withheld) allegedly hired a colleague, Godwin (surname also withheld), 20, to assist him in beating up the Prefect for daring to accost him (Francis) for improper dressing…

Child marriage bill: Women call for senator’s head

The controversial Child Marriage Bill before the Senate almost caused a Senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Dr. Ayo Akinyelure, his seat in the upper legislative chamber a women from the senatorial district called for his recall for voting in support of the bill. The embattled Senator, who was summoned from Abuja to a stakeholders meeting to explain why he voted in support of girls early marriage, however, admitted publicly at the Adegbemile Hall, venue of the meeting, in Akure, where the people from his district converged, that he voted in error. “I’m so sorry I voted in error through…

Incredible: 79 goals scored in one match in Nigeria

Two matches in Nigeria’s Amateur league game witnessed a combined, mind-boggling total of 146 goals. Police Machine FC from Yola obliterated Babayaro FC from Gombe by 67-0. Not to be outdone, Plateau United Feeders from Jos made it 79-0 against Akurba FC from Nasarawa. The four teams were involved in one of eight groups in the Nigerian Amateur Division 4 play-offs, the sixth tier of domestic football in the country. Going into the last round of games at the Bauchi centre, Police Machine and Plateau United Feeders were level on points, and goal difference was expected to determine progress. NFF…

Minister harps on tolerance as ingredient in nation building

A sensitization programme on peaceful co-existence among communities in Nigeria has ended in Owerri, the Imo State capital.  The programme which was organized by the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to foster peaceful co-existence among various tribes and religions in Nigeria, held at Links Hotel, Owerri, Monday, July 22, 2013. The event witnessed notable dignitaries from the Federal and State Ministries of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation.  Chief Edem Duke, the Honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation (TCNO), was ably represented by Daniel Tufato, Director, National Orientation, Federal…

Ahiara Gets New Vicar-General

His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has appointed a new Vicar-General for Ahiara diocese. He is Rev. Fr. Louis Asiegbu. Cardinal Onaiyekan, who is the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese announced the choice of Fr. Asiegbu during Mass he celebrated with priests  of Ahiara diocese on Saturday, July 20. “Since I am still busy with my primary assignment as Archbishop of Abuja and with many other engagements, I will not be able to spend much time in Ahiara. “I need someone who can be for me and for you a point of reference. As Vicar-General, he will stand in for me…

THE YEAR OF FAITH HELPS THE WEAK AND LOST FAITH (III)

1. As the Year of the Faith continues, it is my wish in this write-up, dear friends to unveil yet another aspect of the lessons of the year of faith and that is: “The Year of Faith helps the weak and lost faith”. Faith we know comes from hearing and must be believed, professed and lived. Lack of professing and living the faith, leads to weak faith and weak faith may lead to the lost of faith. Faith as a theological virtue needs to increase and therefore, cannot be inactive. If it does not increase, it may be bound to…

We want Justice – Mbaise tells Cardinal Onaiyekan

“All that Mbaise Catholics are asking for is justice, fair-play and due process. Let what is due to a people be given to them. Let no people use their privileged positions in the Catholic Church as a cover and leverage to foster modern-day colonization and domination of their brothers and sisters…” These were the words of the Catholic faithful of Ahiara Diocese in a welcome address presented to His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja on the occasion of his reception as the Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese, Sunday, July 21, 2013. The address pointed out what…

St. Anthony of Padua, Owerri Archdiocese marks feast, inaugurates new executive

Christians have been called upon to emulate the life of St. Anthony of Padua by whose intercessions many miracles are continually received.  This call was made by Rev. Fr. Hyginus Ogbonna (C.S.Sp.),   Parish Priest, St. Michael’s Catholic Church  Akabo, in a homily he delivered during a Holy Mass marking the celebration of the 2013 feast of St. Anthony of Padua by the Owerri Catholic Archdiocesan Guild of St. Anthony held at St. Benignus Parish, Ihitte-Isi-Mbieri on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Fr. Ogbonna pointed out that St. Anthony out of his love for God, humbled himself to touch the lives of…

Sunday Readings: SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 28/7/2013

Sunday readings

OPENING PRAYER God our father and protector, without you nothing is holy, nothing have value. Guide us to everlasting life by helping us to use wisely the blessings you have given to the world.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Genesis 18:20-23 Theme: I trust my Lord will not be angry, but give me leave to speak. The Lord said, “How great an outcry there is against Sodom and Gomorrah! How grievous is their sin! I propose to go down and see whether or not they have done all that is alleged in the outcry against them…

A day of thanksgiving for KSM Uboma Sub-Council – Celebrates one year anniversary, promotes five to 2nd degree

St. Patrick’s Ugonna Parish Lowa, Ihite/Uboma LGA, Imo State is fast becoming a theatre of continuous pastoral celebrations.  The latest activity is the thanksgiving celebration by Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria (KSM), Uboma Sub-Council for the one year anniversary/Investiture of the 2nd Degree members.  Rev. Fr. Valentine Njoku beautifully combing the roles of the Chaplain and Parish Priest began the Holy Mass at 9.30am.  Present at the Eucharistic celebration were: Bro. Mark Ojukwu (Worthy Grand Knight), Bro.  Mark Uchendu, Eze H. Ariwa, Eze C. Okafor, Lady Beatrice Nwachukwu (Respected President), Bro Athan Iwuagwu, Bro. Raja Ejiogu, Bro. Daniel Okafor, Bro….

Pope decries ‘idols’ of money, power, pleasure

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to resist the “ephemeral idols” of money, power and pleasure in celebrating the first pubic Mass of his initial international foreign journey as Pontiff during an emotional visit to one of the most important shrines in Latin America. Thousands packed into the cavernous Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region of verdant fields halfway between Rio and Sao Paulo, and tens of thousands more braved a cold rain outside to catch a glimpse of the first Pope from the Americas returning to a shrine of great meaning to…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT BREAK THE HOME (5)

As October 1 draws near

REMEDIES TO INFIDELITY Avoid other bad habits: The worst way to conquer evil is by the aid of evil (Cf. Mark 3:20-30). Two wrongs cannot make a right. It is wrong for a couple to become addicted to another bad habit simply because the partner has taken to extra marital affairs. For instance, some couples indulge in alcohol and become drunk as palliative to the effects of infidelity. Some learn to keep away late also to solve such problems. Others too look for extra marital partners to fill in the vacuum created by their man or woman. Others still become…

First Lady’s mum killed in auto crash

There was gloom Tuesday at the residence of Mrs. Iwari Oba (aka Madam Sisi), the adopted mother of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan located at Block 12, Road 1, Aziko Housing Estate, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, who died on Monday in ghastly motor accident. The late Mrs. Iwari Oba (aka Madam Sisi) was on her way to Yenagoa from Port Harcourt to check the renovation of her house, which she vacated during the wake of the 2012 flood when the vehicle she was traveling got involved in an accident along Elele at the East /West Road. Rescue efforts could not…

President, Governors lose immunity

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his Vice, as well as the Governor of a State and Deputy can now face prosecution in criminal matters while still in office, following the expunging of the Immunity Clause that used to protect them from Nigeria’s statue books. This controversial clause that had been debated for several years was finally laid to rest Wednesday by the House of Representatives.  Two clauses on the immunity of the National and State Assemblies were dropped. The Lower Legislative Chamber also granted autonomy to Local Government Councils and approved the split of office of…

Nigerian Democracy: The Amaechi Case

When Nigerian’s military dictators handed back power to the political class on May 29, 1999, the expectations worldwide were that our country was ready to practice civil democracy the way it should, having learnt the hard way.  It was a legitimate expectation considering the fact that Nigeria was just emerging from a long period of military rule and suppression of democratic institutions. Ironically and sadly too, our politicians seem to have learnt nothing from Nigeria’s chequered past despite the price paid by patriots especially pro-democracy groups in lives and property in an effort to entrench the rule of law.  They…

At least 80 killed, 131 injured, in Spain train disaster

A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday night, on the eve of a major religious festival, killing at least 80 people and injuring up to 131 in one of Europe’s worst rail disasters. In what one local official described as a scene from hell, bodies covered in blankets lay next to the overturned carriages as smoke billowed from the wreckage after the disaster. Firefighters clambered desperately over the twisted metal trying to get survivors out of the windows, while ambulances and fire engines surrounded the scene. Cranes were still pulling out mangled…

Indian headmistress arrested for school lunch disaster

The headmistress of the Indian school that authorities say served toxic lunches, killing 23 students, was arrested Wednesday, police said. Meena Kumari, 36, was taken into custody on her way to a court where she had gone to surrender herself, police Superintendent Sujeet Kumar told CNN. She will be questioned Wednesday and taken before the court Thursday, he said. Authorities had been working to track down Kumari, who had been at large since the July 16 incident. The whereabouts of her husband, who is not named as an accused person in the case, are still not known, Kumar added. Police…

U.S. to delay F-16 delivery to Egypt

Uncertain how to describe the removal of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, President Barack Obama has decided to delay the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in a sign of U.S. pressure for the military there to move quickly restore civilian rule following its ouster of President  Mohamed Morsy. Pentagon spokesman George Little said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Egypt’s military chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, on Wednesday to inform him of the decision. Hagel and al-Sisi also discussed the general’s call on Wednesday for mass demonstrations in Egypt for support of the military. The Obama administration has so…

No regret serving Under Rochas – Nnanna Okoro; As Governor grades ex-commissioners, aides

The erstwhile Commissioner for Community Government Council (CGC) and Chieftaincy Affairs, Imo State, Barr. Lady Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro said she enjoyed her tenure while it lasted and that she would not feel disappointed if she was not re-appointed. Nnanna-Okoro, popularly called the Lady of the Masses, spoke to THE LEADER while handing over to the Permanent Secretary, on Friday, July 19 as directed by Governor Okorocha.  The Governor had earlier dissolved the enlarged executive council, comprising commissioners and senior aides. Lady Nnanna-Okoro said dissolution of cabinet is a normal process of administration, explaining that dissolution is not “sack” as some press…

Kudirat’s daughter, Hafsat reacts to discharge of Al Mustapha

The last is yet to be heard about the recent acquittal of Major Hamza Al Mustapha, former Chief Security Office (CSO) to the late Sani Abacha by the Appeal Court in Lagos, over his alleged role in the assassination of Kudirat Abiola. Daughter of the late Kudirat and Human Rights Advocate, Hafsat Abiola has fingered the Nigerian Government, alleging that the release of Al Mustapha was in exchange for something she could not identify. The founder of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) said: “We don’t know what justice for Kudirat was traded for, but we know it was traded for…