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December 19, 2014

Priest tasks Christians on charity – As Major-General Alphonsus Chukwu gives thanks to God

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St. Michael’s Catholic Church Umuaro-Umunumo, Ehime-Mbano, Imo State, was agog Sunday, August 25, 2013 as Major-General Alphonsus Chukwu gave thanks to God and dedicated his new residence. A thanksgiving mass in memory of late Pa Alphonsus Okebaram Nwachukwu who died a year ago was celebrated by an array of priests who included Rev. Fr. Camillus Nwachukwu (IKONSO), fifth son of the deceased who presided over the Mass. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Captain Innocent Aguoha, a soldier priest posited that God wants us all to be at his banquet.  A great banquet, he said. He informed the congregation that only…

Abortion in any form is murder: It is anti-Christ

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That Imo people have been betrayed by their own government following the signing into law of the bill which for all intent and purposes legalizes Abortion is no longer news.  Today, Imolites keep wondering what better reason is on the table of the present administration justifying its signing of the bill into law which previous administrations hadn’t the privileged of accessing. For once, one wonders whether both the sponsors of the bill on the floor of Imo State House of Assembly, the members of Imo State House of Assembly and the Governor (the apostle of rescue mission who cannot rescue…

Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha storms Ehime-Mbano for August meeting

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- Allow women to rule, SOLAD urges Nigerians The wife of the Imo State Governor, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha and her entourage stormed Ehime-Mbano Local Government Headquarters for the 2013 August meeting on Thursday, August 15, 2013. A tumultuous crowd of women drawn from the 31 autonomous communities in Ehime-Mbano were mobilized for the unique event.  In an address at the occasion, the First Lady of Imo State, enjoined the women to shun laziness, idleness, rumor mongering, gossip and help their husbands rear up their children in the fear of God. She further urged them to monitor the companies their children…

St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Obibiezena Celebrates Feast Day

Rev. Fr. Dr. Edmund Njoku flanked by members of the Feast Planning Committee

It was an atmosphere of Joy as friends and parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Obibiezena in Owerri North, L.G.A. gathered to celebrate the feast of their Patron Saint, St. Mary on September 1, 2013. The occasion started with a concelebrated Mass presided over by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Edmund Njoku assisted by his curate Rev. Fr. Fausta Echetama. In his homily Fr. Njoku described the key words of the day’s readings as humility and giving to others without expecting reward. The homilist established the fact that God has no exclusive club for favorites but rather sees all…

Poor waste disposal can kill – NESREA Warns

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The National Enforcement Standard and Regulation Environmental Agency (NESREA) has stressed the importance of adequate sanitation as a requirement for good health. Speaking at a one-day workshop held in Orlu, Mr Rasaq Ashiru, Director, South-East said the aim of the workshop was to make people aware of the importance of sanitation in society. Mr. Ashiru explained that environmental sanitation was Vital in a nation’s growth, adding that to avoid diseases people must be inspired to maintain clean and healthy environment wherever they are. He lamented that some of the environmental problems being experienced today were as a result of poor…

CWO St. Joseph Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano ends August meeting

Dr. Mrs. Joy Oguh

- Honours Dr. Mrs. Joy Oguh The Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of St. Joseph’s Parish Umualumaku, Ehime-Mbano LGA on Sunday, August 25, 2013 conferred the “Pillar of CWO Award” on Nneoma Dr. Mrs. Joy Oguh. Dr. Mrs. Oguh was singled out for the award for her unrelenting philanthropy and generosity to the less privileged members of the society.  She was eulogized for her rare financial and material support to the development of projects in the church and community generally. Glowing encomiums were paid for her role in providing education, clothes, welfare and quality wrappers and materials to the widows, orphans…

Oboama Women inaugurates Security outfit – OWASU

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The Women August Meeting, which usually characterizes fund-raising activities meetings, lectures, funfairs etc., throughout Mbaise and Imo State in general for Oboama Women Association (OWA) in Ezinihitte LGA, Mbaise this year took a dramatic turn by not only encompassing the obvious, but scaled to the height of inaugurating a security outfit to be known as Oboama Women Association Security Unit, OWASU, that ensures orderliness within the environs of the OWA August meetings. This OWA Police, which is the ingenuity of Mrs. Rose Anawanti, the OWA President, Mrs. Pauline Nwachukwu, Vice-President and the OWA Exco, was lauded by Imo State Assistant…

Nigerian Principals end NEC meeting in Imo – Praises Gov Okorocha

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National Executive Council of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) held its annual meeting in Owerri on Tuesday, August 19, 2013. Hajiya Fatima Bintu Abdurahman, National President of the association presided over the meeting with all the national officers in attendance. In his welcome address, Nze Godwin Amaku, Imo State Chapter President of ANCOPSS emphasized their desire to ensure that the organization becomes a leading professional organization that is functional, disciplined, diligent, committed to high standards and actively dedicated to the preparation of post primary students for higher education and useful living within the society. He eulogized…

Upholding the Sacredness of Human life in Imo State

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During the presidency of Andrew Jackson, he offered a pardon to a man who was completely rehabilitated after committing a serious crime. But the man refused the pardon and insisted on staying in prison.  He said that even if he was rehabilitated, he owed a great debt to society.  Nothing Jackson, or anyone else said could convince him to accept the pardon. Many people in our time and particularly our state are like this man who refused to accept pardon because of the very many obnoxious crimes he committed against the sacredness of human life. Our Lord Jesus gave us…

How the Nigerian PLEDGE can turn Nigeria around

How the Nigerian PLEDGE can turn Nigeria around

Recently, I listened to a Nigerian teen recite the Nigerian Pledge at a Nigerian party here in Baltimore. It was so moving that my mind went back to old good days at the Community Primary School Umueze Amaimo in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State. No school day began and ended without the Pledge. At home, the Pledge resonated daily through the media. IBC (Imo Broadcasting Cooperation) TV would close at midnight with the Pledge. If you forgot to turn off your radio before going to bed, NTA would wake you up with the Pledge early in the morning. I am…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT BREAK THE HOME (9), REMEDIES TO INSINCERITY IN MARRIAGE

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In the bachelorhood or spinsterhood, the question every young man or woman usually asks before embarking on any venture is, “What will happen to me if…? “Or sometimes, “What will happen to my parents if…?” The “if” here means, if they hear it or if it boomerangs or if it happens, etc. It can go on and on. The emphasis in this case is to weigh the consequences of a person’s action not only on himself but on the person whom the individual holds dear. On getting married the question changes into, “What will happen to my husband/wife if…?” “What…

POWER POINTS AT ODENIGBO 2013 (2) As Prof Pita Ejiofor is set to lay down the facts.

POWER POINTS AT ODENIGBO 2013 (2)

(A preview) – Chikwendu PK Anyanwu Prof Ejiofor believes that what he calls ‘much’, cannot be achieved with regard to Igbo language and culture, unless the governments in Igbo land are fully and genuinely involved. The governments are his primary targets and it is thanks to him that the government of Anambra State was able to pass the bill promoting the study and use of Igbo language in Schools and civil service. This is just one among the many things Otu Suwakwa Igbo has been able to achieve. One wonders how Prof Ejiofor was able to convince an Igbo governor…

“Judging Gay People”: A Case For Pope Francis (1)

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In a reportage entitled “Revisiting the same sex marriage debate”, Vol. LIV. No. 31 Edition of The Leader Newspaper, August 11, 2013, drew attention to the undue emphasis which the global media lay on the Press briefing of Pope Francis on board the papal plane en route to Rome after the WYD – World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It presented the highlight of the Papal message thus: “if a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?…these persons must never be marginalized and they must be…

THE CHOICE OF FAITH: A RADICAL CHOICE

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The act of faith in Jesus is realized and becomes concrete by taking over the reality of man in all its dimensions, from the corporal to the social and historical.  The assent to His person which is lived in a new community, has radical exigencies and brings ruptures and the sacrifice of realities and values such that their renunciation is either an act of desperation or resignation vis-à-vis the sense of existence or the opening up of earthly order to the reality of God which comes from above as grace.   RENUNCIATION AS ACT OF FAITH The renunciation of the…

Sunday Readings: 23rd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 8/9/2013

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OPENING PRAYER God our Father, you redeem us and make us your children in Christ. Look upon us, give us true freedom and bring us to the inheritance you promised.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Wisdom 9:13-18 Who can divine the will o1 the Lord? “What man indeed can know the intentions of God? Who can divine the will of the Lord? The reasonings of mortals are unsure and our intentions unstable; for a perishable body presses down the soul, and this tent of clay weighs down the teeming mind. It is hard enough for us…

The Constitutionality Of CGC and The Roles Of Local Government Council in Economic Development (1)

Law and Constitution

The law is not an exact science. In this regard in certain circumstance we cannot by mathematical exactitude interpret all enactments of parliament. This is because words have intrinsic and varied connotations. They do not always convey what they mean or mean what they say. However the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended are very clear in the 4th schedule, the role the legislature has mapped out for the 774 Local government Councils in Nigeria. Unfortunately, for reasons I have examined earlier on, in another article, in Law and Society, (see NULGE STRIKES: ARISING ISSUES OF CORRUPTION AND CONSTITUTIONALISM)….

South Africa’s Mandela returns home after long hospital stay

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Anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela returned to his home on Sunday where he will continue to receive intensive care after three months in hospital with a lung ailment. Mandela, 95, had spent 87 days in a Pretoria hospital after he was rushed there in early June suffering from a recurring infection of the lungs, a legacy of the nearly three decades he spent in jail under apartheid. “Madiba’s condition remains critical and is at times unstable. Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton…

Suntai Returns to Taraba

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After ten months overseas receiving medical treatment, a feeble Mr. Danbaba Suntai, Taraba state Governor, has returned home. Suntai, who sustained serious injuries in the Yola Plane Crash last year, had been receiving treatment in Europe and America . He flew home in a chartered aircraft, amid celebration by his people, and was assisted off the plane by aides. The Media were not allowed to speak the still ailing governor but some photographers were permitted to  take some guided shots of the governor. “The fact is that he is still recuperating because even during the flight he could not move…

Eucharistic Youth Movement ends Summer Camp in Owerri – Calls for Eucharistic centred lives

The first Eucharistic Youth Movement Summer Camp has ended at Owerri Girls Secondary School Owerri, August 18, 2013. The Summer Camp  which began on August 15 was organised by the National Council of Apostleship of Prayer League of Sacred Heart of Jesus. The theme was. ”The Eucharist My Life.” Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM) is the youth wing of Apostleship of Prayer League of Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is a faith building movement for children and young adults to see the world where they live in as a place to find God by ”nourishing themselves through the Eucharist, in the…

Armed baby snatchers invade Imo -Target babies under six months

Armed baby snatchers invade Imo -Target babies under six months

Inhabitants of Mbano Okigwe, Nwangele LGAs and their environs now live in fear of the unknown following the invasion of the area by gunmen who specialized in snatching babies aged between one and six months. Sunday, August 18, 2013 was one of such red-letter days as the rural and peaceful village of Umudurukwere, Isiebu Autonomous Community in Isiala Mbano LGA was stirred by two gunmen operating on a motorcycle who stormed the home of one Mr. Ignatius Onuoha at about 9.30pm and whisked away his two-months old daughter. The mother of the stolen baby-girl, Mrs. Patience Onuoha told THE LADER…