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May 28, 2018

Pregnant Woman Narrates Ordeal With Keke Driver In Owerri

  A woman, Mrs. Kasarachi Oluoha from Orlu Local Government Area Imo State, has thanked God for rescuing her from the hands of an unidentified Keke rider in Owerri, who tried to snatch her, purse from her but did not succeed. The victim who narrated her ordeal to The Leader said that, the incident happened on Saturday March 7, 2015, when she was coming back to Orlu from her husband who resides in Owerri. Mrs. Oluoha disclosed that she stopped the Keke driver who was not carrying any passenger along Concord Avenue and she entered after informing him that she…

The Intrigues Of Nigeria’s 2015 General Elections

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

It was —William Bradford (1590-1657) who said, “As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.” Today we have lit the candle to illuminate the dark crevices of the Nigerian Unique electoral system; and continued in our series on the 2015 general elections with a look into the growing anxieties of Nigerians on the March through April 2015 polls in which a Muslim challenger faces a Christian incumbent president from the south in the backdrop of a quasi religious war and the threats of…

Archbishop Obinna Vs Col. Tanko Zubairu (1)

Following the deliberate disruption of the 2015 debate for Imo State gubernatorial candidates and the desecration of the venue – Obiri Odenigbo, Assumpta Cathedral, by corporate political thugs, some people, especially supporters of the desecraters have been asking the Church and indeed Archbishop Anthony Obinna to hands-off politics and face the spiritual needs of the people. It is unfortunate that many, who hold this opinion are among the beneficiaries of Archbishop Obinna’s vocal and visible presence in the socio-political affairs of Imo State as stipulated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 2032).  Since the aborted debate, some self-acclaimed…

$20 Trillion stolen from Nigeria’s Treasury by Leaders – EFCC

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said about $20 trillion had been stolen from the treasury by leaders who had access to the nation’s money between 1960 and 2005. The commission further said that as at year 2000, the record showed that $100 billion had been stolen with an external debt of $33 billion suggesting that paying off the nation’s external debt would have required only a fraction of the money stolen by the country’s leadership. While quoting an earlier presentation by the Chief of Staff to the Executive Chairman of the commission, the Director, Internal Affairs EFCC Mr….

Bishop Amatu admonishes Christians to have faith in God – As Fr. Ntamere’s mum goes home

  Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu concelebrated a Requiem Mass for the repose of late Chief Mrs. Veronica Ntamere at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Umuakagu-Nsu, Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State on Monday, March 23, 2015. He was assisted by over 60 priests, who include, Msgr. Donatus Abiamiri, Very Rev. Fr. S. Okeke, Fr. Boniface Osuafor, Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Obi Des O., Rev. Fr. Adolphus Oforokpara and Fr. Charles Nwchukwu.  Others include Frs. Bernard Iheoha, Michael Agbai, Frances Nwachukwu, Vincent Ogu, John Ifedigbo and Ikedi Obikonu among others. In his homily, Bishop Amatu,…

Germanwings plane crashes in French Alps – no survivors

  A Germanwings plane carrying 150 people (144 passengers on board the plane, four cabin crew and two more crew in the cockpit) has crashed in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. The Airbus A320 – flight 4U 9525 – went down between Digne and Barcelonnette. There are no survivors, officials say. The “black box” flight recorder has been found, France’s interior minister says. The cause of the crash is not known and the plane sent no distress signal during an eight-minute descent. Victims include 72 German nationals, including 16 school students, and 35 Spaniards. There…

KSM Ugiri Sub-Council ends one-day retreat – Prays for peaceful polls

KSM Ugiri Sub-Council shortly after retreat,  with Fr. Chaplain Dr. Peter  Anyanwu flanked (right) by GK Val Oleru and left by LSM president Lady Ewurum Rose. The Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba Nigeria, Ugiri subordinate Council, Saturday, March 14, 2015 held a one-day retreat at its secretariat, the Archangel Parish Umuebie Ugiri, Isiala Mbano L.G.A. The Lenten recollection began with Rosary procession, followed by Stations of the Cross and featured a thought-provoking reflection with the theme: “Be ye exceptional: Blossom where you are planted” and culminated in a Latin Mass celebrated by the Chaplain of the Sub-Council, Rev. Fr….

Accepting Defeat with Dignity and Victory with Virtue

Winning or losing is part of life. The difference between uncommon losers and uncommon winners is that each graciously accepts defeat or victory, knowing  that nothing in life is permanent. As we await the results of the presidential election, what we want to see are uncommon winners and losers – not violence! If ever there is a time the spirit of true sportsmanship is needed in this country, it is now. It is now because we have just gone through an unusually long, tough and controversial general election, trying to elect a president. There were those who predicted that Nigeria…

Why Is Onwuemeodo Pitching Gov. Okorocha Against Catholic Archdiocese Of Owerri?

  I am a regular reader of The Leader newspaper and one of the supporters of Owelle Rochas Okorocha.  For sometime now, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Okorocha on Media, has been using his newspaper “The White-Paper” and the Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) to attack Archbishop Obinna, the Archdiocese of Owerri and The Leader Newspaper.  I used to believe what Mr. Onwuemeodo was publishing until I read The White-Paper of Wednesday, March 18 – Thursday, March 19, 2015 titled: “Re – The Unprovoked Media War Launched Against The Governor and Government of the State by The Leader…

Catholic Church Ready to Work with Whoever Wins – Archbishop Obinna

  The Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has held out an olive branch to all politicians and political parties in the country, promising to give full support to any candidate who wins, in the on-going general elections. As the country awaits with bated breath the results of Saturday’s keenly-contested Presidential polls, featuring mainly Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan  of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), there is great optimism that whoever emerges will move the country forward. Speaking during the Prayer for Reparation and Mass for Peace at the Obiri Odenigbo, Assumpta…

Pope Francis Condemns Death Penalty, Urges its Abolition

  Pope Francis came out squarely against the death penalty once again, calling it “unacceptable” regardless of the seriousness of the crime of the condemned. Pope Francis met with a three-person delegation of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty March 20, and issued a letter on the occasion urging worldwide abolition. Citing his previous messages against the death penalty, the pope called capital punishment “cruel, inhumane and degrading” and said it “does not bring justice to the victims, but only foments revenge.” Furthermore, in a modern “state of law, the death penalty represents a failure” because it obliges the…

British Traditionalist Bishop Excommunicated for Illicit Ordination

  A traditionalist bishop who has denied the Holocaust has been automatically excommunicated along with the priest he illicitly ordained a bishop. Bishop Richard Williamson violated church law when he ordained Father Jean-Michel Faure, 73, a bishop without papal approval during a ceremony in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, March 19, the feast of St. Joseph. While the Vatican did not comment immediately, canon law provides automatic excommunication for the newly ordained bishop and for the bishop ordaining him in cases where the ordination goes against the will of the pope. Bishop Williamson had been excommunicated in 1988 when he and three…

Owerri Archdiocese slashes wedding fees, others

  -Revisits “Condolence Collection” -Honours late Bishop Ezeonyia, Fr. Ezeogu The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has slashed Stole Fees for matrimony and other sacraments in the Archdiocese.  Stole Fee is an honorarium or stipend received by a priest from the laity when discharging any function for them, e.g. marriage, baptism. In his address to the members of the Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, March 14, Archbishop Obinna said “Nobody can buy monetarily the Sacraments”, explaining that the Stole Fees associated with them are meant to support priests and labourers in the Lord’s vineyard. Though subject to periodic…

Owerri Peoples Assembly calls for violence – Free polls

  The Owerri Peoples Assembly (OPA), the umbrella organ for Owerri People in the nine local government areas of the zone and in diaspora, has admonished politicians and their supporters to be law-abiding and avoid any form of violence throughout the campaigns and elections. The organization has also adviced the electorate to accept the results of the elections when announced without resorting to violence. It has also appealed to all those who have not collected their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to do so immediately. Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President-General of the Assembly, gave this admonition recently while addressing journalists at…

The Origin and Significance Of The Stations Of The Cross

  Stations of the Cross (or Way of the Cross; in Latin, Via Crucis; also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows) is a devotion which recalls with mindful affection the last stage of the journey that Jesus walked in his earthly life: from when he and his disciples, after psalms had been sung, left for the Mount of Olives (Mk 14:26), until the Lord was taken to the place called Golgotha, The Skull (Mk 15:22), to be crucified and then buried in a garden nearby, in a new tomb hewn out of the rock. This devotion has evolved…

110-year Pa Titus Okereke laid to rest

  The body of Pa Titus Ubammadu Okereke of Umugo Eziama in Ngor-Okpala L.G.A. of Imo State, who died recently after a brief illness, have been laid to rest in his compound. The burial Mass of the 110-year centenarian held at the Christ the King Catholic Church Achara, Ngor-Okpala, had Rev. Fr. Camillus Nwachukwu as the principal celebrant. The concelebrating priests were: Rev. Frs. Chris Ekeh, Magnus Nwagboso, Emmanuel Nwachukwu and Christian Iwuagwu, the Parish Priest of C.K.C. Achara. Dignitaries present included: Members of the Owerri Grand Board of Trustees of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) led by the…

Cleric advises Christians to prepare for eternity – As Ugoeze Miriam Ndukwe goes home

William Shakespeare, the poet, was apt with the postulation that life is a stage as all mortals are mere players who play their parts and bow out.  This aphorism played itself out on Friday, March 6, 2015, as the remains of late Ugoeze Miriam Ndukwe were interred at the Umuihi-Ihitte Uboma Palace of HRH, Eze Dr. Robert Ndukwe. A funeral service was held at St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church Umuihi Ihitte Uboma LGA of Imo State by venerable D.O. Onuoha who thanked God for the quality Christian life lived by the deceased Ugoeze Miriam Ndukwe. He eulogized the deceased for being…

KSJI: New District 8 Commander lists priorities

  Newly installed Commander of District 8, Owerri Grand Commandery Knights of St. John International (KSJI) Engr. (Prof.) Remy Uche has said that his administration will ensure that Knights are alive to their responsibilities. He said this recently (Saturday March 7, 2015) in an exclusive interview with The Leader during the installation of newly elected Regimental and District Officers at the KSJI Hall behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. Major Uche, who was the immediate past Adjutant of District 8, disclosed that discipline will be accorded top priority. This is in order to get members to understand the essence of…

Marist Brothers bid farewell to Rev. Bro. Malachy (FMS)

  The remains of late Rev. Bro. Michael Malachy Onwumere Nwanna were on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 interred to mother earth at the Marist Holy Souls Community, Uturu, Abia State. A native of Azaraegbelu Emekuku Owerri Archdiocese, Bro. Malachy was born on 25th December 1929 and professed on 8th January 1958.  He was aged 85. Earlier at the funeral Mass which he presided over, Bishop Solomon A. Amatu highlighted the three reasons why we gather for Christian burials to include: to pray for the soul of the deceased seeking God’s mercy in that judgment where every deed seen and hidden…

THE DRAMA OF PALM SUNDAY

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. It is a feast of contradictions. On the one hand we commemorate the triumphal entry of a king to the great applause of his subjects; on the other hand, this same king goes to his brutal death in a matter of days – betrayed by the very subjects who hailed his victorious arrival in Jerusalem. But, ironically, this death is what seals his ultimate victory and makes him the definitive expression of divine mercy and the source of eternal salvation for anyone who believes in him. It’s Palm Sunday and it’s also Passion Sunday. The…