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August 14, 2018

GS IGBO: BETTER LATE THAN THE LATE

Mgbakoigba, Journal of African Studies. Vol.6 No.1. July 2016 (Edited) Abstract   The genesis of the university studies sprang from the insatiable human cravings for knowledge. The word University comes from two Latin words uni (dative case of unus), meaning “one” and versus meaning; in the direction of, towards. Universus means towards one-a whole, the whole of existing things, everything that is, the whole of reality, also a consideration of all things as forming a whole creation. The Latin suffix itas (genitive itatis), connotes a condition of being united. This is why universitas signifies a state of things united to…

Don’t allow Igbo language to die – Bishop Amatu warns! …As Bro. Nick Anokwuru joins KSM

Sir and Lady Nicholas Anokwuru (KSM) at the event ground …10 new initiates give thanks to God The Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu celebrated a thanksgiving Mass for 10 new initiates of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Okigwe on Sunday 21st August, 2016. Bishop Amatu was assisted at the Mass by five clerics – Rev. Frs: Bartholomew Nnaemedo (Vicar-General) Mark Nnopu (Cathedral Admin), Livinus Iroh,  Emmanuel Obi and Chibuike Okeagu. In his homily, Bishop Amatu gave thanks to God for the initiates and their families for sacrificing their resources…

Sultan preaches peace, says no country survives religious war

Sultan of Sokoto and President General of Ja’amatu Nasril Islam (JNI), His Eminence Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged Christians and Muslims in Nigeria to imbibe the culture of peace and peaceful co-existence. He said this at the commissioning of the International Centre for Interfaith, Peace and Harmony (ICIPH) in Kaduna. “No country survives war or war stimulated by religious intolerance,” he said, adding that the practice of religion should be voluntary and not by force. “We have seen countries where people are killing one another; obviously there can be no peace in such countries. Killing is not part of…

Muslims fanatics kill eight in Zamfara over alleged blasphemy

No fewer than eight persons were killed on Monday in Talata-Mafara community in Zamfara State following violence that erupted over alleged blasphemy by a student of the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara. The state Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, joined hundreds of people to bury the deceased, who were said to have all been killed when an angry mob set fire on the house of a man who tried to rescue the student. The student was alleged to have made a blasphemous statement against Islam and Prophet Muhammad and was consequently attacked by a mob. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that…

Welcome to Mai Chanji! (1)

By Femi Fani-Kayode Editor’s note: President Muhammadu Buhari was elected on the mantle of change and many Nigerians expected a lot of developmental decisions from him. In this opinion by Femi Fani-Kayode he argues that Buhari has turned Nigeria back to bad times and therefore is likely going to fail. “Their HATE for President Goodluck Jonathan justifies the suffering in the land. Recession matters not. Hunger matters not. Loss of jobs matter not. Polio matters not. Making a mess of the naira matters not. Fulani Herdsmen matter not. High cost of foodstuffs matter not. Chibok matters not. We have men…

Humility Avenue

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

After the construction of the Titanic, the builder famously declared: “Not even God can sink this ship.” That was a very bold, confident, and somewhat arrogant proposition. In the end,it did not require God to sink the famous cruise ship, an iceberg was more than enough. In contrast, when St Augustine was asked to name the three most important virtues, he answered: “First, humility. Second, humility. Third, humility.” The rest, they say, is history, as we know who had the last laugh. Humility is a foundational element of Christian discipleship. This week, the Lord teaches us that “everyone who exalts…

Sunday Reading: TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

Entrance Antiphon   Cf. Ps. 86:3. 5. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long, O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.   Collect God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Sirach   3:17-20. 28-29 Theme: Humble…

‘Mummy’ of Boko Haram, Aisha Wakil is Igbo

Barrister Aisha Wakil, the Nigerian lawyer and negotiator for the Boko Haram group recently invited by the Nigerian Army for questioning is reportedly Igbo – The woman activist, who was born into an Igbo Christian family converted to Islam during her time at the University of Maiduguri where she studied law – She is reportedly referred to as ‘Mummy’ by Boko Haram members The report stated that Wakil’s closest revelation about her linkage to being Igbo was when she was quoted to have disclosed in an interview with a national newspaper her peace-making efforts. According to her, she started the…

A 32-year-old woman, identified as Chidinma Favour Okorie, has been arrested for kidnapping children and selling each at N50, 000.

 The suspect, Chidinma  Okorie paraded with  the two kidnapped children The pregnant mother of five was reportedly caught in the act following an alarm raised by the mother of a victim she attempted to steal in Udoma village, Umuoji in Idemili North Local Government Area LGA, of Anambra state. Okorie, who is also said to be part of a syndicate that has allegedly stolen several babies in the state, said she had been in the business for quite some time until luck ran out on her. The State Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr. Sam Okaula, who paraded the suspect before…

Prayer can solve Nigeria’s problems faster than soldiers – Gowon

  A former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), has described prayer as a formidable weapon that can solve the nation’s many challenges better and faster. Gowon said this in Ibadan on Sunday evening at a one-day prayer rally organised by the South-West Zone of a non-denominational religious group – ‘Nigeria Prays’. The prayer campaign, which had gone round the country in the last 20 years, is spearheaded by Gowon. It is the longest campaign in Nigeria to mobilise people for regular, fervent and result-oriented prayers for the healing and transformation of the country. ‘Nigeria Prays’ is also…

Mothers are special gift from God – Fr. Dieme

…As Ehime Denary celebrates August Meeting Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, Parish Priest, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area, Imo State, celebrated the Holy Eucharist on Thursday 18th August, 2016 drawing curtain on the Ehime Denary August Meeting. Fr. Dieme represented Very Rev. Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu (Dean, Ehime Denary) at the Mass graced by representatives of all the parishes in Ehime-Mbano Denary. In his homily, Fr. Dieme expressed gratitude to the leaders of Ehime Denary for holding the annual event at his parish. He expressed appreciation to the Chairman of the Parish Council, Sir Linus Emerenu and Chief…

Wonderful developmental strides in Owerri

Before a new building is erected anywhere, the existing ground must necessarily be cleared which entails elimination of things to prepare the ground for the digging of the foundation. The trees, grasses, plants, stumps etc. must be removed. In the process, ants’ holes will be affected and some of the ants may be crushed without the labourer knowing it. There is no doubt about that. The situation becomes worse when the development is to take place in an already developed area. In this case, it will not be only ants’ holes that will be affected but existing structures and human…

Odenigbo Lecture Series – 20 Years After

Over time, the renowned Odenigbo lecture – “Nkuzi Ohana Eze,” scripted and delivered in Igbo Language has definitely become the usual climax of the annual Owerri Archdiocesan Day celebrations. The Lecture series founded by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, his Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna on September 5, 1996 are directed towards a genuine upliftment and enhancement of Igbo people and their Language. Normally, no sane person wants his mother tongue to decay or die out. It is after all, the language that makes an ethnic group or nation. Without a language of its own, an ethnic…

KSM admits 13 new members in Owerri

Catholic Knighthood not secret society – Fr. Osuagwu Activities marking the 2016 initiation ceremony of Owerri Metropolitan Council of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria has been rounded off with a thanksgiving Mass for 13 new inductees in Owerri Archdiocese. The ceremony took place at the St. Mulumba Parish, Wetheral Road Owerri August 21, 2016. The initiation of the new members was preceded with a two-day retreat/seminar moderated by Rev. Fr. Dr. Innocent Osuagwu, Chaplain Seat of Wisdom Sub-Council. The new inductees are: Sirs and Ladies Aririguzo Cyril, Iriaka Joseph and Ohanyere Benneth for Sancta Maria Sub-Council;…

CWO Obowo Deanery ends 2016 August Meeting

Nneoma Clara Ugha (Diocesan President) with Lady Ngozi Onyeneho The Obowo Deanery of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO), Wednesday 17th August, 2016, ended the 2016 edition of the annual August conference held at Immaculate Heart Parish Alike Obowo. Activities began with Holy Mass. Very Rev. Fr. John Enyinnaya presided. Rev. Fr. Emeka Ewuzie assisted and also delivered the annual lecture at the conference. In his admonitions, the chief celebrant and Deputy Dean of Obowo Deanery, Very Rev. Fr. John Enyinnaya told mothers to beware of the negative influence of western culture aand civilization which he said has done more harm…

Man charged for naming dog Buhari, gets bail

Joachim Iroko, who named his pet dog Buhari was, has been, arraigned and granted bail by an Ota Chief Magistrate (2), B. J. Ojikutu, in Ogun State, at about 10am. The accused, granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties, who must be regular payers of their taxes in the state, in the like sum, was charged for conduct likely to cause breach of peace, in a case with suit number MOT/617c/2016. The prosecutor, Inspector Itaita Ebibomini, said the accused committed the offence on Saturday 13 August, 2016 at Hausa section of Ketere Market in Sango-Ota in the…

Minimum wage can’t buy bag of rice – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress, Anambra state chapter, on Tuesday described as laughable that the country’s minimum wage could no longer buy a bag of rice. The Chairman of the congress in the state, Mr  Jerry Nnubia, stated this during a rally in solidarity with Nasarawa state workers who were allegedly killed by the police while protesting against the slice in wages by the state government on July 29. Nnubia who said it was wicked for any state government to think of cutting down workers’ pay at this time of economic hardship, described the Nasarawa action as inhuman. “ We are…

Fulani herdsmen attack another Enugu Community, kill Seminarian, others

Blood-thirsty Fulani herdsmen are at it again. Barely four months after they unleashed terror at Uzo – Uwani, Nsukka, in Enugu State killing many, they have struck at another community in the same state, killing at least three persons, including a Catholic seminarian on apostolic work in the community and a pregnant woman whose stomach was ripped open. The herdsmen attacked Attakwu community, Awkunanaw, in Nkanu West Local Government Area, in the early hours of Thursday. Attakwu, a 10-minute drive to Enugu the state capital,  is home of two notable seminaries: the Claratian Missionaries and Spiritan International School of Theology….

Eight killed as cultists turn Imo community to war zone

At least eight people have been killed after suspected cult members attacked Assa, in the Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State The victims were killed in a week-long attack, which started last Monday. Residents, who spoke with The Punch said they had deserted the community over fear of being killed by the cult members who were said to be fighting over oil deposit in the area. One of the slain victims was identified as 32-year-old Vitalis Walata. Walata’s relative, Kingsley Igwe, said: “The incident happened on Monday morning while he was on a visit. Those men attacked him at…

You lied, there are plans to make Islam Nigeria’s official religion – CAN replies Sultan of Sokoto

The President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, has maintained that there is serious move to Islamise Nigeria. His remark is coming at a time when the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad, denied insinuations that Muslims were planning to Islamise the country. Abubakar had recently said, “It is not possible to Islamize Nigeria. We must respect one another and understand the tenets of the two religions.” But speaking in Lagos, the Archbishop said there was plan to Islamise the country, stressing that those who want to “eradicate Christians” were busy planning on how to achieve their sinister…