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May 28, 2018

2015: Expect the worst – Balarabe Musa

Second Republic governor of old Kaduna State and leader of the nascent Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, Alhaji Balare Musa may be versed in the socio-political dynamics of Nigeria, but he is averse to the surging sentiments of rotational presidency that has recently raised hairs, pitting the North against the South in the rocky race towards 2015 elections. Swimming against the tide of deep Northern currents, he tells Sunday Sun characteristically in his modest Kaduna home that “Nigeria is at the end of the road,” following the deepening North and South polarisation. He fears that if indeed the 2015 elections becomes a reality,…

Another explosion kill 6 , injures 13 in Kano

2 explosions kill 6 persons, injure 13 in Kano No fewer than six persons lost their lives following two explosions which occurred in Kano on Sunday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The first blast went off at Kofar Nasarawa, near the North-West University, while the second explosion happened at St. Charles Church on Zungeru Road in Sabon Gari. The State Police Commissioner, Mr Aderenle Shinaba who confirmed the incident while briefing newsmen in Kano, said 13 other persons sustained injuries. He said the attack at Kofar Nasarawa was carried out around 12.05 p.m. by a 16-year-old girl suicide…

The Supremacy of Tribal, Ethnic and Religious Allegiance in Nigeria: Obstacle to National Unity

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”, Albert Einstein. One may ask whether Nigeria is a full-fledged nation in measurable terms or a mere geographical expression, where for the sake of administrative convenience the colonial masters wanted to have a single country.  They therefore decided to force an amalgam of the caliphate north of Nigeria with the primitive tribes south of the Niger in 1914. Nigeria has continued to remain a country without being a nation because all hands are not on deck for the simple reason that there has remained a policy of…

Requiem: Fr Christopher Umeh laid to Rest

Death has been described as a natural phenomenon which no human creature is exempted. The Judicial Vicar Orlu Diocese Rev. Fr. Donatus Nnagha said this while delivering a homily during a requiem Mass in honor of Rev. Fr. Christopher Umeh at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu. He noted that death is something that has been in existence from the time of Cain and Abel, describing it as a transit to eternal life. He said that what is important is the type of life one lived when on earth, the legacy left behind as well as where one may be found…

Remember Christians of Mosul (Iraq) in Prayer- Pope Francis

-U.N. Sec. Gen. Condemns Persecution of Mosul Christians The “religious cleansing” of Christians and other religious minorities from the Iraqi city of Mosul has brought widespread condemnation, but so far mostly silence from Western political leaders. For the first time in 1,800 years, the city is devoid of Christians after the last families fled the city on Saturday 19th July, ahead of an ultimatum by occupying Islamist militants(ISIS), that Christians in Mosul must either convert to Islam pay a tax, leave, or face execution in the coming days. Many of them were stripped of their possessions as they fled to…

Police nab suspected kidnap kingpin in Abia – linked with kidnap of Imo Perm Sec

The police in Aba, Abia State have arrested a suspected kidnap kingpin who is said to, apart from being a terror himself, have trained many criminals including kidnappers who have terrorized the commercial city of Aba and its environs. The suspect was arrested in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Sunday Sun gathered that the alleged kidnap kingpin who hails from Ohuru Amangwu in Obingwa Local Government and whose name was given as Chinkata Otimgba had been on the wanted list of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Taskforce on heinous crimes in Abuja over his alleged involvement in the…

Pervasive Corruption In Nigeria: The Way Out An Appeal To The National Conference Delegates

 (-The memo received 03-04-14 which the confab failed to discuss) Kindly find a few minutes of your treasured time to glance at these few lines of mine, which I believe, will be in the national interest if you encapsulate them in your esteemed contributions to the proceedings of the National Conference. Although Nigerians are taunted as the happiest occupants of planet earth, the bitter truth is that most Nigerians are unhappy with the leadership of their country because of two social flaws, namely: i.        Pervasive corruption in the country ii.       The scandalous hiatus between the rich and the poor in…

Don’t Provoke us, we know your business Interests – Northerners warn Ndigbo

As if on a ding dong tit for tat approach, the Apex pan-northern organization, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has warned Ndigbo against maltreating the Hausa living in the region under the pretext of fighting Boko Haram. Making reference to the alleged registration of Northerners living in the South-East, ACF said maltreating the Hausa could spell doom for Igbo investments, which it said amounted to over N45 trillion in just three northern states. ACF expressed the fear that if the North should embark on a similar action by identifying the Igbo in the northern region, it could cause crisis that may…

Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan, meets Pope

A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Soon afterwards, Ibrahim, her husband and two children had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. “The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. The meeting, which lasted…

INSECURITY: Orlu Diocese bans night vigils

All forms of night vigils, crusade and adoration, have been banned throughout the Catholic Diocese of Orlu.  Henceforth, any parish within the jurisdiction that embarks on such activities will be deemed to have committed serious offence. The Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma, Catholic Bishop of Orlu announced this recently (Saturday, July 12, 2014) during Pastoral Council meeting at the Diocesan Secretariat. A release from the secretariat advised all parish priests and their parishioners to adhere strictly to the directive in the interest of everyone. This development is not unconnected with the security challenges in the country and the activities of the…

The State of Imo Roads

When one observes the huge resources in terms of time and money, being spent on infrastructural development at the Assumpta Avenue/Orlu Road Roundabout in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, the impression is created that this is the most important project for this government, and that the success of what is happening at that round about will be the yardstick to measure the success of this government. One basic truth is this: It is not true. Whatever that is happening there, though commendable will never be the measure of the success of this government. The government surely will be judged with…

Egg-heads brainstorm on green economy – As Prof. Chinedum Nwajuba 2014 Odenigbo lecturer clocks gold

It was a rich intellectual harvest on Saturday, July 19, 2014 as erudite scholars assembled at the Umuezeala Nsu home of Prof. Chinedum Nwajuba as part of the activities marking his 50th birthday anniversary. 17 research papers  which were presented by the academia drawn from Imo State University Owerri and other tertiary institutions had its theme centred on green economy in commemoration of Prof. Chinedum Nwajuba’s golden anniversary celebration.  The celebrant is an expert in agriculture. In a brief highlight on the activities of the day Robert Onyeneke, a resource person took the bull by the horn in his keynote…

I would have aborted Cristiano Ronaldo

Mother of talented Portuguese Soccer  Player reveals, but for refusal of her Doctor Seventy individual prizes, among which are two Gold Balls and two FIFA World Player, a jumble of trophies won with the jerseys of Sporting Lisbona, Manchester United and Real Madrid. And even a string of records that require a good measure of patience for one who wants to read them all, as well as two high honors conferred by the Portuguese State. No small merit for these achievements is owed to an unknown Portuguese doctor. Small and fragile is the vulnerable body that grows day by day…

Pope offers Fresh Hope to Christians in Gaza

Pope Francis has offered words of comfort to Gaza’s Christian Community as the massacre in the territory continues. In a message to the parish priest of Gaza, Father Jorge Hernandez, a fellow Argentinian, Pope Francis said he is keeping the territory’s Christian community in his prayers, reported Vatican Radio Friday. The Holy Father offered words of comfort and assured them he was praying for all those living through this conflict. The parish priest of BeitJala in the West Bank, Father Mario Cornioli, had earlier informed the Pope of the extremely challenging situation facing the small Christian community in Gaza and…

Sunday Readings: SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 27/7/2014

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON   Ps 67: 6-7, 36 God is in his holy dwelling; he will give a home to the lonely, he gives power and strength to his people.   OPENING PRAYER God our father and protector, without you nothing is holy, nothing has 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 first book of the Kings 3: 5. 7-12 Theme: You have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself At Gibeon the Lord appeared in a dream to Solomon during the…

The Challenges Facing the African Christian Family (4)

A LECTURE by Fr Dr. Dr. Anthony E ONYEOCHA As an African I feel deeply ashamed that in this twenty-first century, in spite of over 100 years of Christianity, of so many years of western education and of democracy that these inhuman and primitive rites, many of which are based on superstition and fear of the deities are still observed. You must thank your God if such rites no longer exist in your own part of Africa. Time has come for a revolt. Time has equally come to hear the voices of these widows, take them seriously, address their needs…

KANO: HISTORY, PEOPLES, POLITICS, AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF ITS RELIGIOUS UPRISINGS ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE NIGERIAN STATE

Introduction Kano state as we know it did not develop into a modern State by accident rather, evolved through varied historical events which makes it the largest city in Nigeria, larger in size than many African countries. It was the centre of commerce in the sub Saharan trade which opened its doors to Islamic Scholars from North Africa, Ghana, Mali, and the Arab World. It became the centre of Islamic worship and the forces of Islam. The Almajirai, or Child scholars were part of that legacy in a bygone era who attended to koranic studies and were viewed with great…

ALL FOR ONE THING

Today Jesus uses more parables to explain the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is such a priceless treasure that anyone who is wise would willingly give up everything for it. A farm worker stumbles on a hidden treasure and hides it again. He then sells all his possessions to buy the plot of land in order to gain the treasure. Suddenly, he is liberated from poverty and uncertainty, and now lives a fulfilled life. A hardworking merchant, after many years of fortune hunting, finally lands a pearl of great price. His life is turned around –peace, stability, prosperity,…

Mothers tasked on vigilance, prayer – As CWO Okigwe Diocese ends retreat

A one day crusade organized by the Okigwe Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Organization (ODCCWO) was held, Saturday July 12, 2014, at the CWO Ultra-modern Conference Centre, Immaculate Conception Cathedral site Okigwe. Welcoming the pilgrims, the Diocesan President, Barr. Chief  Chisara Winifred Egwim-Chima (LSM) said the prayer day was in tandem with the National CWO retreat held at the Issele-Uku Diocesan Pastoral Centre Friday 6th and Sunday 8th June 2014 at which the CWO National President, Chief Mrs. Agnes Erogunaiye directed that similar retreat be replicated down-line all the dioceses in Nigeria for grassroots effect. According to the President, the…

CBIU inaugurated at Sacred Heart Nguru Mbaise

The Catholic Biblical Instructors Union (CBIU) has been formally launched at the Sacred Heart Parish Nguru, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State. Conducting the swearing-in of the branch executives, the head of the National Council of the CBIU, Bro. Louis Anyanwu, said that as members of the lay apostolate in the Catholic Church, members of the union believe and strive to live out all twelve articles of faith as contained in the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed. He recalled that CBIU was founded in 1974 by Rev. Fr. Benedict Nwolu at Christ the King Church Parish Aba, Abia State and…