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August 14, 2018

Biafra: Sultan calls for dialogue – Northern delegation to meet S’East leaders

  The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar 111, on Monday expressed worry over the increasing agitation for Biafra by some Igbo groups. He said the northern traditional council would soon send a delegation to Igbo leaders in the South East on the issue. The Sultan spoke at the Second General Assembly of the Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council in Kaduna. The Sultan, who chairs the council, said millions of Igbo resident in all parts of the country were against the Biafra agitation, hence, the need to send delegates for a dialogue to allow peace to reign. `He said:  “We are…

Nze Dan Orji of Peacocks fame for burial December 18

  The burial programme of late Nze Dan Orji, a renowned Owerri-based musician has been announced. According to Prince Lemmy Akakem, Chairman, Central Burial Committee, the progamme kicks off in the evening of December 16, with musical tribute at the Heroes Square Owerri. There will be service of songs by Orji Catholic Family in his compound on December 17. He will be laid to rest on December 18 after funeral service at Orji Town Primary School. Chief Akakem said the Abiriwa king, Danny Orji started his highlife music at the age of 10. He started with the formation of the…

Knighthood aspirants receive lectures on discipline, KSJI structure

  Aspirants into Knighthood in the Catholic Church, have been advised to embrace discipline, as the true catalyst to their spiritual development. This injunction was contained in the lecture delivered by Rev. Fr. Prof. John Obilor, to the 2015 aspirants into the First Degree of the Noble Order Knights of St. John International (KSJI) during their initiation ceremony in Owerri recently. The Professor, who was addressing the 122 aspirants (52 men and 70 women) at the KSJI complex behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral, venue of the 3-day retreat, explained that the goal of Knighthood is eternal life, which needs a…

OACCWO visits orphanage homes

OACCWO executive  at Fusco Hope House Ngugo, Ikeduru The executive of the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Organization (OACCWO), on Friday November 20 embarked on visitation to the less privileged homes. The places they visited were: The Motherless Babies/Orphanage Home Okwu-Uratta Owerri-North LGA run by the Holy Family Sisters of the Needy and Blessed Thomas Maria Fusco Hope House in Ngugo, Ikeduru. Items donated included bags of rice, garri, yams, beverages and toiletries etc. In a brief remark at the orphanage homes, the OACCWO President, Lady Stella Acholonu commended them for the charity work they are doing and urged…

Imo Pensioners condemn spread of pension arrears – Say it will increase their sufferings

The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Imo State has rejected Governor Rochas Okorocha’s pronouncement to spread the remaining arrears of their pension into 36 months, saying it would increase their existing sufferings. In a communique issued at the end of the Council Meeting held on 2nd November, 2015 at the Imo State NUP Secretariat, Owerri, the union however expressed gratitude to Governor Okorocha for announcing the payment of pensions to Imo State Pensioners but lamented the undue exposure of the old pensioners to the blazing heat of the sun without payment from Monday 16th to 17th November, 2015. However, the…

THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION AND INDISCIPLINE: THE WAY FORWARD

The fight against corruption and indiscipline in Nigeria is a lamentation and spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling about a failed dream Nigeria already disfigured by social injustice, group neglect, ignorance, perversion of our cultural heritage and corruption in all places which had their origin from our founding fathers of the nation. It signifies a voice crying in the wilderness calling Nigerians to embrace social, economic, religious and political repentance. It is desperate, hazardous and courageous attempts to “Ride the Lion back” while the corrupt hardliners of status Quo watch with contempt in the belief that David confronting Goliath is a…

Celebrating THE YEAR OF DIVINE MERCY: The Incomprehensible Mystery

PIUSRALPH EFFIONG, SMMM (piusralphe@gmail.com) “When the last day comes, you shall be judged on this [Divine Mercy], and on this basis you shall receive the eternal verdict from God”. These are some of the final words of Helen Kowalska (St. Maria Faustina), a young girl from an isolated heartland of Poland; who is well described as apostle of Divine Mercy. Maria Faustina during her life time worked tirelessly in promoting the Divine Mercy of God through her simple life. Her diary attested to this fact. Her virtuous life was outstanding and exemplary to many who encountered her. Maria Faustina’s journey…

Discipline – The true Catalyst of Spiritual Development in the Knighthood

The Parable of the Repentant Son (Lk 15:1 1-32) It was Jesus himself who told this parable. The Story has rightly been seen to combine “into a succinct pattern such themes as Freedom and Responsibility, Estrangement, the Personalness of Life, Longing and Return, Grace, Anguish, and Reconciliation…universal characteristics of life.., and basic human needs” (p84). Beside the common traditional title of “the prodigal son”, or in the German tradition, “the lost son” (“der verlorene Sohn”), it has also been called among others, the parable of “the merciful father,”“the waiting father”, :the father that was never lost”, (“der nie verlorene Vater”),…

Perpetua Oluigbo, IMSU student dies of hepatitis

Tears flowed freely as the body of Misss Chidalu Prisca Perpetual Oluigbo was laid to rest at her father’s compound in Umuezeopara Umunkwo in Isiala-Mbano LGA. The burial Mass which took place at Seat of Wisdom Catholic Church Isiala-Mbano in Okigwe Diocese was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Ekeh. In his homily, Fr. Ekeh called on Christians to prepare for death which according to him, is inevitable irrespective of age, colour, tribe and religion. He pointed out that the death of young Miss Chidalu was a painful one but however noted that she lived a life worthy of emulation and…

Pope Francis speaks to the roots of terror in African visit

In his first full day in Africa, Pope Francis spoke to the many millions reeling from a string of terrorist attacks, condemning the way young people have been “radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear.” That message — like the rest of his comments here on Thursday — spoke to both global and local concerns, shifting between lamentations for a perilous time, globally, in history and the threats facing Kenya as its economic and geopolitical strength grows. Francis has described the amalgam of conflicts pervading the globe as a “piecemeal” Third World War, and on this…

Renewed agitation for Biafra (2)

The mass anger among the Igbo youth is justified as I noted in the first part of this article. But is secession or the call for Biafra the answer? The purpose of this second part is to put across my opinion that secession is neither viable nor in the best interest of the Igbo nation. I will try and proffer what I believe is the way forward. Should the Igbos react to 45 years of their political marginalisation (which has been compounded by President Muhammadu Buhari’s extremely narrow-minded Arewa nepotism) by bolting away from a Nigerian commonwealth of which they…

Sunday Reading: FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps. 25:1-3 To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.   COLLECT Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Jeremiah 33:14-16 Theme:…

THE REASON FOR ADVENT

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Advent is a time of preparation and joyful anticipation of the Nativity of the Lord. It is also a time of deep reflection on the end of time when Jesus returns in glory.Last week we celebrated the feast of Christ the Universal King. In Advent we celebrate him as the Lord of history. Jesus is the perfect model of what it means to be human, and he is the author of human history: he has watched over it and guided it right from the beginning. The biggest proof of this is the Incarnation, the first Christmas. When God became man,…

The Role of Women in the Anti-economic and Financial Crime Crusade (2)

WHAT ROLES CAN WOMEN PLAY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION? Though women, often described as the weaker vessel, they are inwardly very strong, very studious, tough but mild and very analytical. Their roles can be creative and challenging. Women are the stabilizers of the nation. The situation we find ourselves today at any level of society is to some great extent a reflection of our family situation. If the foundation is right, it will reflect in the lives of our children when they come out in the society. Women occupy crucial positions in the home and therefore play crucial roles…

The Role of Women in the Anti-economic and Financial Crime Crusade (1)

Corruption is a gigantic and colossal devil confronting, fighting and to a very large extent demonizing and demolishing God’s beautiful world and society, most lamentably, Nigeria. Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines corruption as “dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially of people in authority; the act or effect of making a change from moral to immoral standard of behaviour”. Corruption is as old as mankind. The Bible gives account of Judas Iscairot, Jesus’ Minister of Finance who sold His Master Jesus, for thirty pieces of Silver. There was also the Bible account of Ananias and Saphira who made false declaration of monies…

Car washer escapes with customers Lexus Car in Owerri – Crashes vehicle in Ehime-Mbano

A young man who took his newly bought fore runner Sports Utility Lexus RX 330 vehicle with registration number MC DEB 891 AA to an Owerri based car wash is regretting his action. The young man who did not want his name on print, a native of Ezeoke Ehime-Mbano said he had just procured the vehicle with a whopping three million Naira. Narrating his ordeal, he said he drove the car to the car wash in Owerri without any premonition of what was to happen thereafter. According to him, to his chagrin, he discovered that the car wash had disappeared…

IBC DG, Esther Obong-Egbunna’s Father for burial December 5

The death has been announced of the Father of Evang. Esther Obong Egbunna, Director General, Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC). The Release said Pa Effiong Obong who passed on at the age of 85 years will be committed to mother earth on December 5, 2015 at his home in Nkwot Ikot Umoh, Ikono LGA, of Akwa Ibom State. Pa Effiong Obong who was a trained teacher joined the Civil Service at the Federal Ministry of Trade and later moved to Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity from where he retired.   A Press Release issued by the family said, he was…

Northern Muslim elite’s hypocrisy responsible for Boko Haram – Bishop Kukah

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has attributed the origin of Boko Haram to the hypocrisy of northern Muslim elite. Bishop Kukah stated this in Oshogbo yesterday at the opening ceremony of the National Conference of Islamic Welfare Foundation held at Fountain University, Oshogbo. The cleric said: “We must locate the current crisis of Boko Haram within the context of the inability of the northern Muslim elite to live by their own dubious creed. They preached sharia law, but only for the poor. He added: “They (northern Muslim elites) preach a religion which encourages education, yet, their…

Okpofe community celebrates Feast of Christ the King – As traditional Ruler warns against neo-paganism

The solemnity of Christ the King is a yearly celebration among Catholic faithful all over the world. To the faithful of Okpofe Catholic Parish, it’s a day of inestimable joy and hilarity as it marks their feast of “Christ the King Church” (CKC) Parish, Okpofe, Ezinihitte LGA Mbaise. In the homily during the Eucharistic celebration, the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Vitalis Akandu, stated that  all the world’s kingdoms, empires, dynasties, etc, have come and gone, but Christ’s kingdom reigns supreme forever on earth, pointing out that Christ is a silent, quiet, king that enters every community, every home, every…

St. Joseph’s Parish Umuna marks feast of Christ the king

St. Joseph’s Parish Umuna marks feast of Christ the king Every fourth Sunday of November, the Catholics in all parts of the world celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. Here in Nigeria, the story is not different, especially at St. Joseph’s parish, Umuna and other parishes in Orlu Diocese as they trooped out in their numbers and march along some major streets in the town singing songs that relate to the feast of the day. This year’s celebration witnessed the mammoth crowd from St. Joseph’s parish Umuna as they took a popular Amaigbo road, matched from the parish centre…