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August 14, 2018

Imo govt suspends 10 monarchs over alleged disobedience, indiscipline

Government’s position was made public via a press statement endorsed by the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, Sir George Eche, and repeatedly aired on the channels of government owned electronic media oufit, Imo Broadcasting Corporation, IBC. According to the terse government statement, the monarchs were suspended for alleged disobedience, indiscipline and active participation in partisan politics. The affected royal fathers include Eze Ben Nwaneri of Owubinubi Autonomous Community, Ikeduru Local Government Area; Eze Clifford Amadi of Amawuihe Ubomiri Autonomous Community in Mbaitoli Local Government Area and Eze V. O. Ahamefule of Oboro Amurie Autonomous Community in Isu Local…

Divine Mercy Apostolate, Owerri Archdiocese, celebrates Year of Mercy

A cross section of the Divine Mercy members during Mass As Catholics world over celebrate an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which was launched by Pope Francis on December 8, 2015, members of the Divine Mercy Apostolate of Owerri Archdiocese were not left out, as they on Friday 22 July embarked on a Pilgrimage to Assumpta Cathedral to pass the symbolic Door of Mercy. Preaching during the benediction, Rev. Fr. Divine Ekebe who reflected on the story of the adulterous woman condemned by the Pharisees but forgiven by Christ, observed that if we were in the position of the Pharisees…

Crisis mars CAN election in Owerri

The trouble bedeviling the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Imo State Chapter, entered a feverish pitch last week when the third attempt to hold election for new officers failed. According to Trumpeta newspaper, the election scheduled to hold on Friday July 22 after a 10- hour debate and misunderstanding could not hold due to the modalities set aside for the said election. The major disagreement was when some group of members of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria/Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN/CPFN) refused to allow members from the other bloc, the Organization of African Instituted Church (OAIC) to be voted…

21 Senators currently receiving pensions from government

…As ex-governors and deputy governors (This is not a discussion on any political party) The current senators who once served as governors are Bukola Saraki of Kwara, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Kabiru Gaya of Kano, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Theodore Orji of Abia, Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa, Sam Egwu of Ebonyi, Shaaba Lafiagi of Kwara, Joshua Dariye of Plateau Jonah Jang of Plateau, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto, Ahmed Sani Yarima of Zamfara, Danjuma Goje of Gombe, Bukar Abba Ibrahim of Yobe, Adamu Aliero of Kebbi, George Akume of Benue and Isiaka Adeleke of Osun. The  former deputy…

Murder of Catholic priest The world is at War, says Pope Francis

…Condemns murder of priest France Pope Francis has decried the “absurd violence” which has left an elderly priest dead after his church in northern France was taken hostage during Mass. In a statement released Tuesday by the Vatican, the Pope, having been informed of the situation, “participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence,” while radically condemning “every form of hatred.” The statement said the pontiff is praying for those affected by the tragedy, which took place in the Normandy region, adding that the Vatican is following the situation. Fr. Jacques Hamel, 84, was killed Tuesday after two…

Gunmen kidnap pastor during service in Lagos

There was confusion in a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at Santos bus stop in the Isawo, Ikorodu, Lagos State, on last Sunday after some gunmen walked in and whisked away the pastor. It was gathered that the pastor, identified only as Bajomo, was moved away by the gunmen, who came to the church disguised as new members. The development is coming barely two weeks after gunmen murdered another RCCG preacher, Eunice Elisha Olawale in Abuja. Punch reports that the pastor, who was kidnapped around 7am, was the first to reach the parish and was preparing for…

How Catholic priest was killed by ‘IS soldiers’

Last Tuesday July 26, was another gloomy day in France, an 84-year-old Catholic priest was killed and four other people taken hostage by two armed men who stormed his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France The two attackers, who said they were from the so-called Islamic State (IS), slit Fr Jacques Hamel’s throat during a morning Mass, officials say. Police responded very quickly, surrounded the church and shot dead both hostage-takers. French media named one of them as Adel K. One of the hostages was taken to hospital and is in a critical condition. President Francois Hollande,…

Stop using projects as excuse for non-payment of salaries, pension – Workers tell Ikpeazu

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Abia, yesterday urged the state government to settle workers’ salary arrears. A communiqué issued by the State Chairman, Comrade Uchenna Obigwe and the acting Secretary, Comrade John Onaga, after the state executive council meeting, in Umuahia, warned Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to stop using projects embarked upon by his administration “as a hindrance to pay workers’ salaries”. It said “Abia workers are currently passing through hard times due to non-payment of salaries”, calling on the Governor to “as a matter of urgency, address the issue of pension arrears owed to pensioners in the State which…

Nigerian Military launches “Operation Crocodile Tears” after threat of force in Niger Delta

The Nigerian military on Wednesday announced it will launch a series of tactical drills in Enugu from weekend, days after threatening the use of force in neighbouring Niger Delta where militants have attacked oil and gas installations for months. The announcement for the drills, codenamed “Operation Crocodile Tears”, came about 48 hours after the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, warned that the military would resort to force if talks with the militants failed. Mr. Buratai’s warning in Port Harcourt on Monday was denounced by a bloc of militant groups in the region: the Movement for the Emancipation of the…

Tackle killing of Christians now or risk reprisal that will explode Nigeria – Rights group tells Buhari

A rights group based in Onitsha, the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, also known as Intersociety has warned of a possible reprisal attack on Muslims by Christians if the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government failed to tackle the continued killing of Christians by their Muslim brothers. In a press statement made available to reporters and signed by the Chairman Board of Trustees of the group, Comrade Emeka Umeaugbalasi, it said that from its investigations, the killing of Christians in the North may reach a stage where it may be hard for Christians to bear it…

Sunday Readings: EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 70:2. 6 O God, come to my assistance; O LORD, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O LORD, do not delay.   COLLECT Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide, you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Ecclestiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 Theme: “What has a man from all the toil and strain?” Vanity of vanities,…

The Futility of Vainglory

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Aesop was one of the greatest story tellers in ancient Greece and in one his fables, a fox once saw a crow perching on a tree branch with a piece of cheese in her beak and thought to himself: “That’s for me, as I am a Fox”. He moved to the foot of the tree and cried out:”Good day, Mistress Crow, how beautiful you are looking today: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eyes. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that…

FMC workers vow to resist recall of Medical Director

…Pleads for substantive management team Workers of Federal Medical Centre Owerri under the umbrella of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) embarked on a one- day protest on Monday 25th July 2016 against purported recall of their suspended medical Director Dr. (Mrs.) Angela Uwakwem. The agitating workers who include members of Medical and Health Workers (MHWUN), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and National Union of Allied Health Professionals warned that the existing industrial harmony, peace and tranquility will be truncated in the event of recall of their embattled Medical Director. According to the leaders of the industrial unions in…

IMF: Friend or Foe To Nigeria?

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) emerged in 1944 (at the end of the Second World War) as a global financial institution charged with economic liberalization, to rebuild the war-devastated Europe. It was designed to salvage the economies of the world from the great depression of the post-war years, which was characterized by hunger and unemployment. It was established to promote international economic co-operation and provide its member-countries with short term loans to enable them trade with other countries and achieve balance of payments. From monitoring money exchange among the rich countries, the organization gradually expanded towards Third World states, by…

How Speaker Dogara helped to quietly push Sharia bill through second reading

State Assemblies must ask governors questions - Dogara

A member of the House of Representatives criticised over a controversial pro-Sharia bill which he sponsored, has said he was advised by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, to quietly speed the bill through a second reading to avoid controversy. In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES Thursday, Abdullahi Salame, representing Gwadabawa/Illela federal constituency, Sokoto State, said Mr. Dogara recognised that the bill could draw public outrage, and urged him not to “make noise” about the bill. “I wrote the bill. I presented it. It was in the gazette. It went through first reading and second reading. So, the Speaker, in his wisdom…

Buhari only fighting corrupt people, not corruption

Bishop Mathew Hassan-Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has stated that the current government under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari is only fighting the symptoms of corruption and not the disease. The cleric made the statement at a programme organised by the Book Readers’ Club of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) in Ibadan on Tuesday. He said Buhari was only fighting corrupt people and not corruption because corruption could only be fought if the nation’s institutions were strengthened. His words, “Government should begin the fight against corruption from the institution, so that we will not continue…

Dangling the Sharia Madness …Sharia to go nationwide

Nigeria’s Federal lawmakers instead of attending to nagging socio-economic problems threatening the foundation of this nation, they are busy stirring up the hornet’s nest to further divide and polarize an already balkanized  nation. The latest of such crazy bills, which tends to justify fears of Christians that this administration is secretly executing Islamic agenda, is the Sharia bill which has already scaled Second Reading in the House of Representatives. For strange reasons, non-Muslim lawmakers in the House allowed the legislation to go that far in the parliament without challenge. The bill which plans to increase the power and jurisdiction of…

Alleged plan to bomb Owerri: Don’t panic, we’re on top of the situation – Police

Security has been beefed up in and around Owerri, the Imo State capital, following alleged threats of terrorists attack reported in the social media. This assurance was contained in a Press Release by the Imo State Police Command, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Enwerem. The Command said that its “attention has been drawn to an Audio Recorded message circulating in the Social Media by a faceless whistle blower informing the citizenry of a planned attack on the World Bank, Douglas Road, Government House, Central Mosque, Relief Market etc by unknown individuals”. The release assured Imo…

Pope Voices ‘Pain, Horror’ at France Church Hostage-Taking

You can't change politics watching from a balcony

Pope Francis has expressed his “pain and horror” at a hostage-taking at a church in France on Tuesday in which a priest was killed. “The pope… participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said, adding that Francis had been particularly appalled by the “barbaric killing” because it happened in a sacred place. Priest killed in France church hostage taking A priest was killed on Tuesday when two armed assailants seized hostages at a church near the northern French city of Rouen, police said. Five people were inside the church in the Normandy town…

Imo supplementary poll holds Thursday

By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI Barring any unforeseen circumstance, the supplementary poll to determine the eventual winners of the inconclusive Okigwe re-run senatorial election, as well as the State Assembly seats for Oru East and Isiala Mbano, would now hold on Thursday this week. Confirming this Tuesday in Owerri, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr. Nasir Ayilara, said that the Commission would do everything possible to get done with the exercise this week. Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the result released by INEC for the Okigwe senatorial zone re-run election. Addressing journalists in Owerri, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate…