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May 28, 2018

EASTER SUNDAY

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 139:18.5-6 I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.   COLLECT O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord….   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 10:34a. 37-43 Theme…

SGI: Sir George Eche replaces Sir Jude Ejiogu

The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has appointed Sir George Ezenna Eche, Secretary to the Government of Imo State. He replaced Sir Jude Ejiogu who was sacked with immediate effect on March 18. Sir Eche, a native of Obiangwu, Ngor-Okpala LGA, was a former Accountant-General of Imo State. He had served earlier as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance.    

Speculations trail Sir Jude Ejiogu’s sack

Is it nemesis or what? The leader of the pack that desecrated the altar at Obiri Odenigbo, Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri, last year, has been sacked by Governor Rochas Okorocha. There have been several speculations as to why Sir Jude was fired, but none could strongly explain why the bi-spectacled  Emekuku-born economist, who fought against his town’s man, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to re-elect Governor Okorocha was kicked out of office, in a manner almost similar to Sir Jude Agbaso, then Deputy Governor. Sir Jude Ejiogu, Secretary to Government of Imo State (SGI), was…

Easter Message: Love and Lovanimate one another – Archbishop Obinna

Archbishop Obinna reading his Easter Message The same criminal, sinful and shameful situation in Roman Palestine in which Jesus lived 2000 years ago and which eventually led to his incrimination and crucifixion between two real criminals is still with us today across various nations, in Nigeria and Imo State. The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerrri who expressed this disappointment in his 2016 Easter message titled: “Love and Lovanimate one another,” said heart-breaking news is now what bombards us everyday in our newspapers, on radio and television and on the internet with a real war of opinions in…

Celebrating Easter with moderation

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ; the victory of Christ, a triumph that was preceded by the passion, as celebrated in the triduum. Nigerians will today join their fellow Christians world over to commemorate this event. Easter is the greatest and most sacred Christian observance, signifying the renewal of the God-man relationship, salvation through Jesus Christ and hope of eternal life. Having come out a 40-day Lenten season, with all the fasting and various forms of self denial, it is worthwhile to make merry and celebrate with feasting, sharing, dancing, loving and caring in the light of…

Tragedy hits Fedpoly Nekede

Gunmen kill staff Student dies in wedding ceremony It was not the best of times for the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri as the institution lost two gentlemen – a staff and a student, in tragic circumstances recently. While the staff, Mr. Jude Chukwudi Opara of the Exams Department was shot dead on Friday March 11, along Amakohia Road, near Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri by unknown gunmen, the student, Mr. Raymond Ikechukwu Atuenyi, was said to have collapsed and died while singing at a wedding ceremony at Ozuitem, Bende, Abia State. His remains were laid to rest on…

Archbishop Obinna takes Anti-Discrimination campaign to US …Calls for Reconfiliation

L -R: Bishop Edward Braxton, Bishop Robert Baker and Archbishop AJV Obinna at the conference The Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Anthony J. V Obinna, has put his foot down against all forms of hatred, enmity and discrimination toward other persons, as he took his campaign for justice and equality under God to the United States of America. Archbishop Obinna was invited recently to give a talk in a symposium on race relations. In his opening remarks at the conference with the theme: Black + White in America: how deep the divide? The chief convener Most Rev Robert Baker, Bishop…

Condemnations trail beheading of two students in Abia Varsity by cultists

It was a show of savagery, uncommon in Igboland as two male students of the Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, were on Sunday night, March 13,  beheaded by suspected cultists in their off campus residence. Another report indicated that two other students were murdered earlier, bringing the number of those slain to four. The victims identified as Chukwuebuka Nwaigbo, 300 level, Estate Management and Samuel Nwokolo, 300 level, Political Science students were murdered in their apartment at Childoo Lodge near the campus gate. Other students that suffered degrees of machete attacks were rushed to nearby hospitals in the state for…

Mother Teresa to become Saint on Sept. 4 – Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Tuesday that  Mother Teresa will become a saint on Sept. 4. Affectionately known as the “saint of the gutter” for her unconditional love for the poor, abandoned and marginalized, Mother Teresa earned several international honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She died Sept 5, 1997, 5in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, the eastern Indian city where she spent decades doing her work. She was 87. Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003 by Pope John Paul II after a first miracle was attributed to her, answering an Indian woman’s prayers to cure her brain tumor, according to the…

Chief Ejike Uche dedicates” Statesman of the Year award to suffering people of Imo State

Chief Hon. Ejike C. Uche (KSJ), a renowned politician and committed Christian has been honoured with “Excellent Leadership Award as the Statesman of the Year 2015” An Owerri-based newspaper, Community Watchdog, which conferred the award on Chief Ejike Uche and a selected few, said they were chosen based on their personal integrity and achievements. The Chairman of the Award Committee, Hon. Nnamdi Cos-Ukwuoma said in an address that the awardees “are all people of avowed integrity, excellent personal character and impeccable pedigree who have reached the heights they occupy in the society today by dint of honest hard-work”. He said…

IMSU rolls out 53,000 graduands for 7th Convocation ceremony

About 53,000 graduates of the Imo State University, Owerri were expected to participate in the 7th convocation ceremony of the university scheduled for Saturday, March 19,. 2016. The number comprised first degrees, post graduate diplomas and higher degrees. A break-down of the number showed that 44,575 are first degree graduates, 9,294 are post-graduate diplomas, 5,506 masters degree and 309 Ph.D. Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. (Mrs.) Victoria Adaobi Obasi, who disclosed this at a Pre-Convocation Press Conference on Tuesday, said 419 graduands bagged first class. Prof. Obasi who stated that the convocation must take place, regretted that for seven…

Could There Be Development Cum Corruption? (4)

(A Review of an African Situation) Corruption and the Educational Sector: Alas! What if one looks into corruption in the educational sector – from the primary even right up to the university and post-graduate system and down again to the primary! Corruption in the educational system and operation is the worst type of corruption that can beset a nation as it condemns the nation to corruption in perpetuity. Why because it indicates that even the future generations – the young, the future populace and the rulers of the country are already corrupt or are being corrupted!!! The educational sector corrupt…

Ladies of St. Mulumba put smiles on indigent young girls

Fr Henry Opara Owerri Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain excos and representatives of the Ladies of KSM Nigeria and the beneficiaries of the Empowerment programme The newly completed Ladies of St. Mulumba Nigeria (LSM) Women and Youths Empowerment Centre Owerri (WAYECO) was a beehive of activities from the 8th-12th March, 2016 as the first batch of youths comprising 27 young girls came into residence for the LSM sponsored skill acquisition programme. The girls who moved into the hostel on the 9th of March with their caretakers, started the training the same day. They were taught such skills as making liquid soap, toilet…

The Passion Drama

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

It is a feast of contradictions today. We celebrate the triumphal entry of a king to the great applause of the people. However, this same King is condemned to a brutal death, betrayed by the very people who hailed his arrival. Ironically, this death is what brings him ultimate victory and earns him the greatest name above all. It’s Palm Sunday and it’s also Passion Sunday. It’s the day of “Hosanna in the highest”, but also the day of “Crucify him! Crucify him!” It is the day of acclaiming: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”,…

The Lessons of Palm Sunday

By Rev. Fr. George Nwachukwu Palm Sunday is one of those Church’s major celebrations which has gradually become Paramount and appropriated by the entire Christendom worldwide. Simply understood, it is a ritual festival commemorating the solemn but triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ’s triumphant into Jerusalem. Here in Nigeria and Imo in particular almost every Christian irrespective of the denomination participates in principle with relative joy. Catholics openly carry palm fronts singing and chanting joyful choruses unto Jesus the son David. On this day many Christians are seen carrying beside their Bibles palm fronds with cross adjustments to match…

Health Co-ordinators, Schools of Nursing Principals, end meeting in Owerri

L-R: Sr. Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, Principal School of Nursing Umulogho, Mrs. Bernadine Nnodum, Principal School of Nursing Emekuku, Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter Osuagwu, Health Co-ordinator Ahiara Diocese, Sr. Tecla, Principal, School of Nursing Amaigbo, Lady Stella-Maris Achunine, Health Co-ordinator Owerri Archdiocese/Pronvince, Sr. Liguori Ibe, Principal, School of Nursing Mbano. A meeting of Principals of Schools of Nursing and Health Co-ordinators in Owerri Province has ended at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, March 9. The meeting which was presided over by the Owerri Provincial Health Co-ordinator, Lady Stella Maris Achunine deliberated on the accreditation of the four schools of nursing in the province,…

Resurrecting the Ghost of Biafra in the Nigerian Political Cobweb: An ill Wind

No discerning student of Nigerian History can fail to realise that Nigeria is a multitribal, multilingual and multiethnic nation. Here conflicting and divergent interests, and groups battle for attention and survival. Nigeria is meant to be a nation for all Nigerians and not for any interest group but a home for all and where no one is excluded and oppressed “though tribe and tongue may differ”. One may surmise that this could have informed the 1914 imposed amalgamation. “I believe that Nigeria is a nation favoured by providence. I believe there are individuals as well as nations who on account…

Over-speeding, a major killer on our Roads

Reckless driving is killing too many Nigerians. A lot of our people are dying prematurely and carelessly just by being on the road. Some are maimed, paralysed or suffer serious life-threatening injuries from avoidable road accident. This is sad! News of the death of the Labour Minister of State Mr James Ocholi (SAN), his wife and son have again called to mind the ugly situation which occurs nearly every day on our roads. The minister, his family, driver, personal assistant, and an unidentified female were travelling on the Kaduna Abuja road, in a sports utility vehicle, when the unfortunate incident…

Madalla Catholic Church bombing: Army arrests Christian who spies for Boko Haram, 3 others

Nigeria’s military on Tuesday said it has arrested a man accused of spying for Boko Haram and three others in a deadly church bombing five years ago, along with three suspected accomplices. Victor Moses was detained in the town of Alkaleri in northeastern Bauchi state when he went to a mosque and claimed he wanted to convert to Islam, said Brigadier-General Abraham Dusu. Dusu, who commands the Bauchi artillery brigade, said Moses “confessed to conducting surveillance for Boko Haram” from a shop near the St Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Madalla, near Abuja. At least 44 worshippers were killed when…

Okorocha sacks Imo SSG

News credit: www.today.ng The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, at the weekend, sacked the Secretary to the Imo State Gov­ernment, Sir Jude Ejiogu, who is one of his loyalists and a staunch supporter of the Rescue Mission. Although no reason was given by the Imo State Gov­ernment for the sudden removal, except a terse state­ment by the Principal Secretary to Governor Okorocha, Dr. Pascal Obi, who said that his removal was with immediate effect and directed him to hand over to the Permanent Secretary. Ejiogu, who represented the governor at both the commissioning of Owerri Mall/Shoprite on Thursday and…