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August 14, 2018

Concession: Government and Communities Clash

Some host communities are seriously protesting and are determined to resist Governor Rochas Okorocha’s concession of some parastatals and health facilities in Imo State. The government said it could no longer pay the workers because the state’s monthly expenditure outstripped monthly allocation from the Federal Government. The Governor said the situation has been compounded by the bailout funds which the state received and was paying back. “We cannot continue to patch a cracked wall as if all is well, we need to break it down in order to rebuild it and the current wage bill of the state is beyond…

Women may now have their feet washed at Holy Thursday – Pope

Pope Francis has changed the rules for the Church’s traditional foot-washing ceremony on Holy Thursday, issuing a decree allowing women to participate in what has until now been a ritual officially open only to men. In a letter addressed to Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Pope said that from now on the 12 persons chosen to participate in the ritual of the washing of the feet will be selected “from among all members of the People of God.” “For some time I have been reflecting on the rite…

Our God is God of mercy/not god of back to sender, holy ghost fire – Catholic Bishops

At a time when our people are confused by the fake teachings of the self-styled “men of God”, and intimidated by the neo-pagan image of a vindictive and merciless god, Christians have been reminded that our God is the God of mercy, not the false god of “do me I do you god no go vex”, “back to sender”, holy ghost fire”. The Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province gave this explanation in a pastoral statement issued at the end of their First Plenary Meeting held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, January 19. The Bishops explained that this Year…

For now, only God knows my successor – FUTO VC

As Professor Cyril Chigozie Asiabaka rounds-off his tenure as the 6h substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, speculations are rife over who succeeds him. Already silent campaigns are going on, nucternal moves are being made, buttons are being pressed here and there, both at the right and wrong quarters, credentials are being flaunted at appropriate offices, promises are being made, agreements are being reached. The question in the lips of every interested party, particularly in FUTO is, who succeeds Asisabaka? This burning question came up during the Vice-Chancellor’s interactive session with journalists at FUTO penultimate Friday….

Marriage Has No Expiring Date – Priest warns at mass wedding

Christian couples have been warned to remember at all times that the sacrament of matrimony they received has no expiring date. The warning was given recently at St. Kevin’s Catholic Church Ogbaku in Mbaitoli LGA, Imo State (Saturday 16, January, 2016) when the parish rolled out the red carpet for 21 couples who exchanged marital vows. The Holy Mass was concelebrated by the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Sebastian O. Igbokwe who is also the Vicar for Ogbaku Zone 3, the Associate Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Bertrand Nnajiere, a visiting priest and also an indigenous priest, Rev. Fr. Anthony Alamezie….

VC fetes Journalists – Seeks greater co-operation

The Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) fests journalists within and outside the state at the weekend, during which the Vice Chancellor,. Prof. Chigozie Asiabaka asked for greater co-operation between the media and the institution. Prof. Asiabaka while commending the media on their roles in the nation’s development stated that the institution and the media will always be working as a team, therefore they should always portray the good light of the institution at all times, if here are bad ones the media should come over and discuss with him, so they could iron out the differences or issues. The…

Woman pours hot water on 12-year-old boy over N100

The Lagos state Police Command has arrested a 39-year-old trader, Chinwe Abasi, for allegedly brutalising a 12-year-old boy, Chinedu Okorie, with hot water in the Apapa area of the state. Okorie, who is in Junior Secondary School 1, worked as a sales assistant for Abasi, who sold clothing materials in the OyingboMarket. Abasi, a mother of two, from Nnewi, Anambra State, allegedly poured hot water on the boy because he collected N100 from a neighbour to buy a pair of socks to wear to school without her knowledge. According to reports, last Monday when schools resumed, Okorie told Abasi that…

At last, Okorocha sacks over 3000 workers … more to go

When the National Executive of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba visited Owerri penultimate week in solidarity with Imo workers, they paid a courtesy visit to Governor Okorocha, during which they condemned threats by the governor to sack some civil servants in the state without due process. During the interactive session, Governor Okorocha said there was no such threat and that the labour leaders were misinformed by union leaders in the state, insisting that government has no plans to sack any worker. But the national labour leaders had hardly returned to Abuja when the…

Ndigbo condemn Olisa Metuh’s court appearance in handcuffs

More condemnations have continued to trail the treatment given to the PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, by the Nigeria Prison Service. Metuh, who is standing trial over an alleged fraud of N400 million, was brought to the Federal High Court in Abuja in handcuffs – the only one so far among the prominent persons accused in the Dasuki case to be so handcuffed. On online platforms, in telephone conversations and personal interactions, many prominent Igbos, ordinary citizens and Igbo forums alike have condemned what they call the “humiliation and unfair treatment” meted out to Metuh by arraigning him in…

KSJI Holy Cross Commandery 422 inaugurates New Executive

Grand President harps on supremacy of KSJI constitution A 10-man Executive Council has been inaugurated to run the affairs of the Holy Cross Commandery 422 Knights of St John International (KSJI) Owerri for the next two years. The officers who emerged victorious at the election held during December 2015 Biennial Convention of the Commandery, held at the KSJI complex Owerri, are led by Bro Celestine C. Nwachukwu as the Worthy President. Bro Fabian Osuji is the First Vice President, Bro Clement Oyakhire Second Vice President and Bro Steve Ibe, the Recording and Correspondent Secretary. They also include: Bro Remigius Ifeobu,…

Check-mating the Lassa Fever Epidemic

Recently, there has been an upsurge of the dreaded Lassa haemorrhagic fever, otherwise called the Lassa Fever. The ailment took its name from Lassa, a town in Borno State where it was first detected in 1969. This disease which resurfaced three weeks ago at Taraba State, has now assumed an epidemic dimension, spreading like wildfire and has already claimed 63 lives out of 212 suspected cases reported from some states of the federation and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The symptoms of the disease, according to experts included: persistent high fever with multi-organ complications, stooling, vomiting and bleeding from the…

A Call to Live the Culture of Mercy

A Pastoral Statement issued by the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province at the end of their First Plenary Meeting held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Wetheral Road, Owerri, Imo State, from Tuesday the 19th to Wednesday the 20thof January, 2016. Preamble We, the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, held our First Annual Plenary Meeting from the 19th to 20th January 2016, at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, Imo State. After prayerfully deliberating on a number of vital issues concerning the current state of religious and socio-political affairs of our people and States, issue, especially in the light of…

Msgr. Clement Chigbu goes home

The remains of Msgr. Chigbu being conveyed to the priests’ cemetery at the Cathedral for interment.   ..He’s a long suffering soldier of Christ The remains of Very Rev. Msgr. Clement Chigbu were laid to rest on January15, 2016 after a funeral Mass at Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri. The Mass was presided over by the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri assisted by the Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Orlu, Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha, the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia, Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma, Bishop of Orlu and over 100 priests from various dioceses. Others…

Oweaya appointed Owere Interim PG

A renowned community leader, Chief (Dr.) Christian Oweaya Anukam (Agbawodikeizu) has been appointed Interim President-General in Owere. The 63 registered age grades which constitute the Owere Community Assembly, unanimously chose Oweaya in a meeting held Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Oha Owere Hall. It should be recalled that Chief Anukam was the former President-General of Owere Community Assembly for eight years. At the expiration of his tenure, Sir Felix Ngoka succeeded him as President-General. Chief Oweaya’s ”Third Missionary Journey” though in interim capacity became necessary following the inability of Sir Felix Ngoka executive to appoint electoral committee two months before…

Lassa Fever: Cross River warns residents against ‘drinking garri’

Amid fears of a Lassa fever outbreak, the Cross River government has warned residents of the state against drinking “Garri”, a staple made from Cassava, for now. Inyang Asibong, the Commissioner for Health, gave the warning on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar. Mr. Asibong, who restated that Lassa fever was a haemorrhagic fever transmitted from rats to humans, said the warning became imperative as the causative agents, rats, may have urinated or defecated on the garri during preservation by different handlers. She noted that because of poor storage rats easily had access…

European Union Replies Biafra over calls for independence – UK MPs react

The high representative for foreign affairs of the European Union has responded to a letter by Washington-based Organization of Emerging African States (Oeas) seeking support in the ongoing fight for the independence of Biafra from Nigeria. Federica Mogherini said that questions of self-determination and changes to national borders should be addressed by respecting international law and relative customary practice. She added that the EU has a long-standing relationship with Nigeria and follows closely all the political developments in the African nation. Thousands of people have been holding protests across several states in south east Nigeria calling for the independence of…

Tallest Statue of Jesus Christ Commissioned In Orlu

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma recently commissioned the tallest statue of Christ, ever seen in Africa at St. Aloysius Catholic Church Abaja, Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State. The magnificent statue was built by a prominent son of the community and his wife, Mr. Obinna and Nkiru Onuoha. Earlier in his homily during a Holy Mass, the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma noted that the statue of Jesus the Savior is a very great symbol of faith for Catholics and other Christians and stressed the need of Christ in human lives. Bishop…

Bishop Ochiagha Celebrates 35 Years Episcopal Ordination

After his 35 years of Episcopal Ordination, he is still looking young and healthy as well as attending every diocesan function and contributing to the growth of the Church. The Bishop Emeritus of Orlu, Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha retired as the Catholic Bishop of Orlu in 2006 after serving the Diocese as the Local Ordinary for 27 years. Wednesday January 6, 2016 marked the 35th year anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination, which was celebrated in grand style at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu. The occasion was attended by priests, religious, friends and well wishers from far and near. Earlier in…

Homily: Appeal to Igbo Political and Religious Leaders – Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah

When I saw two missed calls from Jim Nwobodo over a week ago, I decided to return the call immediately. He sounded quite excited when he answered the call and then went straight to the point. I have good news for you, he said. I have decided to join the Catholic Church and I want to specially invite you to be at the Mass in Enugu on January 10th. I congratulated him and said I would check with my Diary to see if I had a window. I used the chance to first call the Bishop of Enugu, His Lordship,…

Sunday Readings: THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps96:l.6 O sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, strength and honour in his holy place.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Nehemiah 8:2-4a.5-6.8-10 Theme: They read from the book, from the law of God, and they gave the sense. In those days: Ezra the priest brought the law before…