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May 28, 2018

Ekweremadu writes UN, US Congress, UK, EU, others; says Nigeria’s democracy in grave danger

— ABUJA BARELY 24 hours after the arraignment of Senate President, Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and others for alleged forgery of 2015 Senate Standing Rules in an Abuja High Court, Ekweremadu has taken his case outside the shores of Nigeria. He called for intervention of the United Nations, Us Congress, United Kingdom, European Union Parliament and foreign missions, saying a powerful institution as the National Assembly was being ridiculed and rubbished by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. But the Presidency in a swift reaction, said it would not bandy words with the Deputy Senate President. Also, the office…

Outrage over planned immunity, life pension for Saraki, Dogara, others

Prominent Nigerians have spoken up against the proposed amendment to the 1999 Constitution that would grant immunity and life pension to leaders of the nation’s legislature. Nigerians who spoke on the matter taunted the federal lawmakers and described the proposed legislation as “unconscionable, criminal and insensitive.” Section 308 of the Nigerian Constitution provides for immunity from prosecution for persons holding the offices of president, vice-president, governor or deputy governor. But rights activist and Executive Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nnimmo Bassey, said it was improper for the nation’s lawmakers to think of ways of additional perks at a time…

Buhari: Biafra agitators never saw civil war

Those currently agitating for Biafra never witnessed the civil war which led to 2 million deaths, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday night. He was speaking at the breaking of fast (iftar) with his cabinet at the presidential banquet hall, Aso Rock Villa, referring to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) ‘We need a lot of prayers. certainly, with the nation’s econo,y going down, we haven’t developed agriculture, we are still trying to talk on those who will come and develope solid minerals for us’ he said. ‘The militants in their…

Sex scandal: Accused lawmakers deny allegation

…insist on proof On June 21, 2016 The House of Representatives on Tuesday, mandated its committees on Ethics and Privileges and Foreign Affairs to investigate alleged sexual misconduct against three of its members. This followed a motion brought under Order six, Rules two and 22 of the House Standing Orders by one of the accused, Rep. Mark Gbillah (APC, Benue). Reps-sex scandal in the motion, Gbillah described the action of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwhistle, in petitioning the house, as a move to tarnish the image of the lawmakers and the hallowed chamber. He said that no…

20 feared dead as gunmen invade Lagos Communities

…Schools, markets, shops shut indefinitely In what was described as a reprisal, a group of gunmen yesterday invaded two communities – Elegbete and Igbolomu – in Ikorodu area of Lagos from waterfronts, allegedly killing at least 20 residents. While it confirmed the gruesome attack on the communities and their residents, the Lagos State Police Command debunked reports that the invasion by the gunmen claimed 20 persons as alleged by some residents. But due to the invasion launched early yesterday, a resident of Igbo Olomu told THISDAY that the two communities were deserted, thereby compelling residents, students and public servants among…

Outside the white collar job, any hope for the Nigerian Youth? – a move towards self employment

A PAPER PRESENTED BY DR. MRS. MARIA C. OPARA (B. PHARM; PHARM D; FPCPHARM), ON THE OCCASION OF THE OWERRI ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH DAY CELEBRATION HELP AT THE MARIA ASSUMPTA CATHEDRAL, OWERRI, ON SATURDAY, 11TH JUNE 2016 White collar jobs – working in an office, rather than in a factory, etc. The issue of unemployment has been a major problem challenging the lives of the Nigerian youth even now. This has landed so many of them into conditions of frustration, dejection and dependency on immediate and extended family members, friends and mates, who also have their own problems to take care…

Decomposing body of abducted Reverend Father John Adeyi found in Benue

Residents of Otukpa community were on Wednesday thrown into shock and mourning as the decaying body of the kidnapped Catholic Diocese of Otukpo, Rev. Father John Adeyi, was found.   DAILY POST reports that his body was abandoned behind the local government council secretariat, Obu Otukpa, by unknown persons in the early hours of today. A popular Comedian, Enenche Enenche Confirmed to DAILY POST. He said, “It is true.   “His sister, Sarah confirmed the death after Adeyi brother’s attention was called to the ill sight this morning. “His brother, in the presence of residents and policemen, confirmed the body…

The Christian is one who has chosen Christ and follows him

In all religions the great spiritual masters had disciples who were assiduous in their teaching and preoccupied with preserving their words.  We find the phenomenon also in the Bible (1R), though this configured in a particular way because the people lived in a regime of covenant and faith.  Covenant is not founded on traditions of master and disciples but on itself.  Certainly, the chosen people needed guides to orient them in the interpretation of faith in events.  This necessity was, however, provisional and the prophets expected a future in which God Himself the hearts of people without the mediation of…

Fathers charged to intensify prayers for Nigeria

–    As St. Jude’s Parish CMO Mbano Hqtrs mark Feast Day Activities for the 2016 Catholic Men Organization (CMO) feast day celebration of St. Jude’s Parish Isiala Mbano Headquarters came to a climax, Sunday 29th May 2016, with Holy Mass presided over by the parish administrator Rev. Fr. Callistus Ogu, assisted by the parochial vicar Rev. Fr. Ambrose Onuoha. Highlights of build-up events which kicked –off Friday 27th to Saturday 28th May 2016, included confession and Retreat with the theme “Virtues of a good Christian Father” and “Extra-ordinary Jubilee year of Mercy”.  The next day featured football match between the…

How we abducted, killed Army colonel – Suspect Emeka Okeke recounts

One of the prime suspects in the abduction and killing of Colonel Samalia Inusa has recounted how the crime was committed. the Sun reports. Recall that the Colonel was abducted in the presence of his wife and son on March 26 at the NNPC junction in Kaduna State and his decomposing body found two days after. A suspect, Emeka Okeke said there was no intention to kill the army colonel as they only wanted to snatch his car. He said the army officer snatched the gun from him and started struggling with him. During the fight, the colonel got shot…

Fulani Herdsmen Menace: Let South Easterners Return to the Igbo indigenous cow

The state of menace, intransigence and bizarre conduct of Fulani Herdsmen does no longer call for bemoaning of the situation. Counter violence will not save future occurrences or make the attackers sober. The  contradictions of pastoral cattle rearing, due to a cow owning group moving into an area occupied by a settled indigenous group, will always generate clashes. The clash even plays out fast when the grazing group has an opposing ideology of land ownership, has a different cultural background, is averse to other people acquiring their occupation or modify it and enjoys the sympathy of an unknown leadership elite….

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year C)

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Ps 47:2 All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! COLLECT O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord…… FIRST READING A reading from the first book of Kings 19:16b. 19-21 Theme: “Elisha rose and went after Elijah.” In those days: The Lord said to Elijah, “Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah you shall anoint to be…

Buhari Appoints Idris as Acting IG

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIGP), Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP). Presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina said the new IGP hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State (North-West). Idriswas born on January 15, 1959. He was enlisted into the police force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU), Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture. He also holds a degree in Lawfrom the University of Maiduguri. Adesina said the new IGP has served in various commands and formations in the force, working in the Police…

RUMBLE IN OSUN: Aregbesola runs govt without cabinet

ALMOST two years into his second tenure as Governor of Osun State after his election on August 9, 2010 and inauguration on No­vember 27, Rauf Aregbesola has not formed his cabinet. The cabinet he constituted dur­ing his first tenure was not inaugurated until August, 2011, almost nine months after he was sworn in on November 27, 2010. That was the last time he inaugurated any cabinet. Daily Sun gathered that the governor has been making use of his for­mer cabinet members and friends as con­sultants to run his government since No­vember 27, 2014. Similarly, the governor has not con­ducted any…

FG sacks striking resident doctors

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole,  has directed chief medical directors (CMDs) and medical directors (MDs) of Federal Government-owned tertiary health institutions to fill the vacancies created by resident doctors who are on strike. The resident doctors embarked on a nationwide strike on Monday. Spokesperson of the ministry, Boade Akinola said the directive was contained in a circular signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Amina Shamaki. “It has come to the notice of the management of the ministry that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the Residency Training Programme by refusing to report for training without…

NFF unveils three-day burial programme for Keshi

THE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has unveiled a three day burial programme for late Super Eagles gaffer, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi. The soccer federation after a meeting with the Keshi family yesterday in Abuja agreed that the burial rites of the coach would run from July 27-29. According to a competent source at the meeting, the burial activities will start in Abuja on the 27th, move to Benin on the 28th and rounded off on the 29th in Illah, his Delta State ancestral home, where he would be commit- ted to mother earth. Daily Sunsports further gathered that Sports minister, Solomon…

Sunday Readings: TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Ps 28:8-9 The LORD is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed. Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage, and govern them forever. COLLECT Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord. FIRST READING A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1 Theme: “They will look on him whom they have pierced” (John 19:37). Thus says the LORD: “I will pour…

OUR NOTION OF JESUS

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Who do you say that I am? This question resonates in the heart of a young person battling the glamour of sin. It whispers in the mind of a young couple struggling to strike the right balance in their relationship. It is pondered by the single mum striving to provide for her young children, not sure where help will come from. The question echoes in the hearts of a family dealing with the devastating illness or death of a loved one. It is pondered by the politician dealing with matters of morality and ethics. This is a question that each…

Grazing Bill: Anambra Assembly backs out… Abia House too

Anambra State House of Assembly has backed out of the proposed Grazing Bill expected to be presented to the State House of Assembly for debate and approval. Every state legislature is expected to have 2/3 majority to pass the bill or otherwise. Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs. Rita Maduagwu stated this while briefing newsmen on her score card in the past one year in office being marked June 14. She said the stakeholders, elders, the clergy and the Anambra league of professionals had roundly kicked against the bill and advised the legislative chamber to distance itself…

Pope Francis decries US gay club massacre, prays for victims

Pope Francis is shaken and saddened by the ‘homicidal folly and senseless hatred’ that has left at least 50 people dead in an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA. This is contained in a statement released  by the Holy See Press Office Director, Father Federico Lombardi SJ, on the Orlando massacre which has been described as the worst mass shooting in American history. The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation,…