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August 14, 2018

How six Catholic Seminarians perished in fatal accident

News Credit: dailypost.ng Six Catholic Seminarians of St Joseph Paris, Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state, on Monday, lost their lives in a fatal auto crash. DAILY POST reports that the Seminarians, who were 16 on board their missionary vehicle, were on their way to Community Encounter programme in Enugu state from Ikot-Ekpene when the ill-fated incident happened. A source reliably told DAILY POST that the driver was on top speed when one of the rear tyres burst. He said the driver lost control and the bus somersaulted, leaving six of them in the pool of their blood. One of those killed…

Ladies of St. Mulumba launch Empowerment Credit Scheme for members

Ladies of St. Mulumba, Owerri Metro Council on Saturday 13 February, 2016 launched their empowerment scheme (LOMECS) at Mulumba Hall, Wetheral Road Owerri. The occasion began with a thanksgiving Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Dr. Innocent Maduakolam Osuagwu, who represented Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. He was assisted by Rev.Fr. Dr. Longinus Chinagorom, Chaplain Holy Rosary Sub-Council and Rev. Fr. George Ahamefula, Parish Priest St. Mulumba Catholic Church Owerri. Preaching the sermon, Fr. Osuagwu described the Ladies of St. Mulumba Owerri Metro Empowerment Credit Scheme (LOMECS) as a basic programme of our faith, a physical expression…

Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra Restoration (4)

This is a journey of those who have decided to die for what they believe in. Surprising but commendable! Regrettably, a considerable number of IPOB peaceful protesters have been shot dead and many others seriously injured. Mention could be made of the 21year old young girl, Nkeiruka Ikeanyionwu shot dead at Onitsha and some IPOB unarmed peaceful protesters shot dead at Aba while praying on the 9th of February 2016 at a Secondary School ground. She was a student of Federal College of Education Umunze Anambra State. Reacting to the tragedies the IPOB unarmed peaceful protesters are experiencing from the…

The Task Ahead For Igbo Intellectuals (2)

Akwukwo na-aso uso; m ‘0 na-a fia aru na mmuta. Onye welu ntasi-obi, oga-amuta akwukwo; m ‘obulu na nne ya na nna ya nwee ego! Most Rev. Onah   Yet, the question remains: Is education, especially higher education, still worth the trouble for our people? If material wealth was all we needed in life, then higher education would not be the shortest and best route to it. But, as Aristotle rightly observed, people do not usually seek wealth for its own sake, but rather for other things which they hope that wealth would make possible, namely, “better life” — to…

Another Reminder to the Governor of Imo State

A) To pay the remnant captured-down-trodden old retired Primary School Teachers of 1984/91 cadre, their Federal Pensions Arrears denied them, over 150 months, Arrears for no just cause   1st Reminder via The Guide newspaper December 1st—8th, 2013 Catholic   Secretariat Ahiara 2nd Reminder via The Leader newspaper 22/3/2015, Assumpta Press Owerri 3rd Reminder by personal letter via Governor’s Personal Secretary 28/9/2015 4th Reminder by personal letter via Governor’s Personal Secretary 28/9/2015   B) Deprivation of the labourers of their wages is one of the sins crying to Heaven for vengeance. Save your head and save ours too, before it is…

Blackout at Site & Services Estate New Owerri

For more than five months now residents of the Site & Services Estate, near World Bank Estate, New Owerri have been in total darkness. Their problem began gradually in January, 2015 when electricity supply in the estate became erratic and epileptic. But the worst happened in September, 2015, when the transformer, which was said to be overloaded, eventually parked up. Following the spirited efforts of the leadership of the Estate a new transformer was said to have been graciously granted the estate by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company EEDC in December, 2015. The new transformer has been installed at the…

Building of Secretariat tops OACCMO agenda for 2016

Honours 18 distinguished members The Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO) re-opened for her 2016 general meeting on Saturday, 23rd January, 2016 with a Holy Mass celebrated by the Chaplain Very Rev. Fr. S. 0. lgbokwe. In his sermon, the Chaplain called on Christian fathers to emulate the good spirit of David who loved his enemies. He recalled how on several occasions Saul attempted to kill David because of his fame but God saved him. David on hearing the sad news about the death of Saul and his son Jonathan, mourned, fasted, and composed an elegy in their…

Lenten season demands reduction in flamboyancy – Fr. Anthony Njoku

…As seven new members of Infant Jesus of Prague Consecrate A thanksgiving Mass was held recently at St Joseph’s Catholic chaplaincy Imo State University, Owerri during which the consecration of seven new members of Infant Jesus of Prague into the confraternity took place. They are; Nwosu Chinelo, Ekworie Elizabeth, Onunabi Chiamaka, Onwuemodo Peace, Iheanatu Chinazom, Ogazi Marie Precious and Ugwuezumba Sarah. The Mass was presided over by Rev Fr Prof Jerome Okoronkwo as the chief celebrant flanked, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Njoku (The University Chaplain) and Rev Fr Henry Opara, the Infant Jesus Group Chaplain. In his homily, Rev Fr…

Could There Be Development Cum Corruption?

(A Review of an African Situation) ABSTRACT Nigeria is among the countries presently engaged in a unique process of socio-cultural change where cultural transition and developmental activities cannot but coincide; – a country struggling to consolidate its ‘independence’ after long period of colonial domination; while it faces the task of inserting itself within the contemporary world modernization programs. Transition! This word strikes a warning about the socio-cultural state of any nation: It calls the people to watchfulness, discernment, diligence and dynamism; being a delicate period, liable to erroneous handling. Some irrationality and disproportionate haste could beset a people’s ardent desire…

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 25:15-16 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues my feet from the snare. Turn to me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor.   COLLECT O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Exodus, Exodus 3:1-8a.13-15 “’I…

TAKING OFF OUR SHOES

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

In the First Reading today Moses is irresistibly attracted to the strange sight of the burning bush. He senses the presence of God and draws closer. But, just before he enters, God stops him: “Take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground” (Ex. 3:5) being a member of the fallen human race, Moses needed to be purified in order to approach the presence of God. He needed to take off the shoes of sin and its effects in order to be restored to divine fellowship. That way it would be unquestionably clear to him…

Buhari lacks imagination – Bishop Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, on Sunday appraised the eight months administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and concluded that Nigerians were yet to see his promised change in the country. He, therefore, advised the President to inspire Nige­rians into engaging in eco­nomic activities that would help revive the economy of the country that is at the verge of collapse. Kukah, who gave the ad­vice yesterday in Umuahia, Abia State while deliver­ing a valedictory lecture in honour of the out-going Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agri­culture Umudike, Professor Hilary Edeoga, challenged Buhari to learn from great…

Corrupt politicians worse than Boko Haram – Catholic Priest

Catholic Priest Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, has opined that corrupt politicians who diverted the arms funds were worse than Boko Haram insurgents. Fr. Obasogie who is the social communications, director Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, said the stolen funds were meant for the battle against insurgency and could have helped in prosecuting the war effectively. He noted that the perpetrators have flagrantly betrayed public trust and were worse than insurgents because their actions have led to several loss of lives. He made this known in an interview with The Punch on Sunday while commending President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war, which he…

Gunmen abduct couple in Orlu

Unknown gunmen on Sunday February 21, 2016 abducted a Medical Doctor and his wife, identified as Dr and Mrs. Innocent Ogbuokiri, along Amaigbo road, very close to the office of the Federal Road Safety Corps. The incident happened at about 1:30pm in the broad day Light. An eyewitness told THE LEADER that the couple, who were being conveyed by their personal driver along the road, unfortunately collided with a keke (tricycle) driver which made the victim’s driver to come down from the car in an effort to confront the keke man. Our source further disclosed that on the process of…

Kidnap kingpin directs operation from prison …Wife collects share of ransom money

It sounds strange, but it is real: a prisoner coordinates kidnapping from Port Harcourt prison. That was what a 33-year-old suspect, Cyprian Nwanfo, paraded by the Rivers State police Command, revealed on Wednesday. Cyprian Nwanfo disclosed; that their kidnap gang activities are controlled from the prison by their leader, one Prosper David, according to Vanguard report on Thursday. Nwanfo said Prosper would call to give them instruction on who to kidnap, how much should be collected as ransom and how it should be shared among members of the five-man gang. To convince police he was saying the truth, Nwanfo spoke…

Why Nigerian politicians supported Boko Haram – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has claimed that the lust for power by some Nigerian politicians drove them into supporting the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, stressing that they can go to any length in their pursuit for power. Soyinka, who made the allegation in the United Kingdom, also alleged that the sect has turned against the forces that supported its emergence. He said, “This is what is happening right now: in Nigeria, and I think that many people are admitting it today, there were politicians who actually supported what Boko Haram was doing. “They supported them for various reasons…

Saving the Naira from total collapse

The strength of any currency is to a large extent an indication of the strength of that country’s economy. Weak currency means weak economy and subsequent economic woes. Once Nigeria’s currency was strong but today, the Naira is falling freely against the dollar and other major currencies. The Naira now has much lower value than most of the other African currencies. What a shame! The recent drop from a whopping 400 to 241 Naira to the dollar is still no reason to rejoice. What we have seen in the past six months is a clear testimony of the poor state…

Open Letter to Gov. Rochas Okorocha

In a meeting of Retired Permanent Secretaries held on December, 2015, it was decided that the payment of only three months of pension to some pensioners by the Imo State Government be acknowledged. However, the arrears left to be paid vary from individual to individual as the minimum arrears yet to be paid is nine months. The government is therefore urged to pay the outstanding arrears immediately.   It is important to note that section 210 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended does not permit withholding of pensions for even one day unless in…

Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwuorji marks Feast of Patron Saint – Honours 15 with Good Service Award

Parishioners of the Blessed Tansi Catholic Church Ugwu Orji in Owerri North LGA last Sunday (February 21, 2016) turned out en-masse to celebrate this year’s Feast of their patron saint, Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi. The Eucharistic celebration to mark the occasion was presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Dr Benedict Oparaugo, who concelebrated with a friend of the Parish, Rev Fr Dr Patrick Amadi, lecturer at the Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary Owerri. Preaching the homily, Fr Oparaugo stated that the central theme of that Sunday’s readings was: “The Lord in whom we put our hope”. He…

Win souls for Christ through your business – Ekeukwu Owerri Traders charged

Christ’s faithful engaged in buying and selling have been charged to see their business as opportunity to spread the good news of salvation. Rev Fr Dr. Alex Okoro, Parish Priest of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Emekuku and the Episcopal Vicar for Emekuku zone who represented the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri His Grace Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna, gave the charge Thursday February 18, 2016 while delivering a homily at the Eucharistic celebration to mark this year’s Pastoral visit to the popular Ekeukwu Owerri Market. He said: “As a true believer in Christ, every morning that you arrive to your shade…