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May 28, 2018

ON FAITH AND FAITHFULNESS

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today we reflect on the importance of faithfulness in our faith journey. Our faith demands faithfulness – that unshaken commitment to the work of the Lord with complete dedication. St Paul makes it clear in the Letter to the Romans: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship” (Rom. 12:1) Faithfulness means we deploy the totality of our being in serving the Lord while not seeking the glory, which belongs to Him alone. Jesus teaches us in…

CBN governor’s wife reported kidnapped

Mrs. Margaret Emefiele, the wife of the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has been kidnapped by gunmen, according to SaharaReporters. The online news platform said it gathered from a source close to the CBN governor that she was abducted along the Benin-Agbor Road on Thrusday and that the kidnappers have demanded a ransom. The PUNCH has yet to verify the report. Officials of the CBN were not immediately available for comment and the CBN governor has yet to comment on the report.

I’ll continue to blame my predecessors for Nigeria’s woes – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said despite the criticisms of many, he would continue to blame his predecessors for Nigeria’s woes. He said passing the buck, which people have been frowning at, was important in order for Nigerians to know what went wrong with the country. Buhari spoke at an event tagged, “The Conversation: An evening with creative youths,” held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The event, attended also by the President’s wife, Aisha; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo; as well as governors and other top government officials, had “Creative youth as drivers…

Sexual predators on the prowl

Why men rape, by experts How we were sexually violated, by Nollywood star, other victims Recently a 13-year-old girl was gang-raped in Owode-Ibese, Ikorodu, Lagos State. Today, the victim is reported to be three-months pregnant. But hers isn’t an isolated case. On daily basis, media reports show the increasing rate of what has become a startling regular occurrence, in spite of the fact that life imprisonment is a possible consequence for rape, as enshrined in the laws of Nigeria. A top Nollywood actress, Mrs. Rita Edochie. told Daily Sun that, as a little girl, she was raped by a family…

Our major challenge as teenage comedians – Mark Angel & Emmanuella

Mark Angel and Emmanuella are hilarious duo making waves in the entertainment industry. The young, online comedians open up to TS Weekend about their career, challenges and future expectations. Could you tell us your names? Emmanuella: My name is Samuel Emmanuella Mark: My name is Mark Angel. That is my real name, not just a stage name even though I used to bear Ebere. Mark Angel is my real name. Okay, Mark Angel, tell us about your family background? Mark: The background of my family is bush, bush, bush… How do you mean? Mark: I grew up in Port Harcourt,…

Russia 2018 World Cup: Eagles’ll prepare well for Zambia – NFF

Commends Aspire Football Dream project The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has assured that the Super Eagles would prepare well for the October 9 battle of Ndola against Zambia. The encounter is one which both Zambia and Nigeria would do everything to win, in a bid to make a good start in a group that also has Algeria and Cameroon. Zambia last week called up 33 players to camp ahead of the tie, while Super Eagles German coach, Gernot Rohr invited 23 players who are to start camping in Abuja from October 2. NFF’s image maker, Demola Olajire who spoke in…

Biafra: Buhari under fire over referendum

President can’t stop it – MASSOB, Ikedife …We don’t need your consent to have new republic – IPOB Frontline Igbo leaders and groups have taken President Muhammadu Buhari to task over his decision not to allow referendum on Biafra. Buhari, during a media event in New York City at the end of his visit to the United States as the leader of Nigeria’s delegation to the 71st United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA) had foreclosed any chance for a referendum as a path to bring healing and closure to the vexing issue of Biafra. The president stated that the choice left…

Army to deploy 1,900 personnel, 6 drones, 6 gunboats

A total of 1,900 military personnel would participate in the governorship election rescheduled for Wednesday, September 28. In addition, two drones are to be deployed  in each of the three senatorial districts and six gunboats for the riverine areas. The Commander, 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Benbela Raji disclosed this yesterday evening while briefing journalists shortly after a combined security meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and other sister agencies in Benin. He explained that the military personnel would not be found at either the voting or collation centres but would cordon off adjoining routes to the polling…

Food basket: You can feed Africa, CBN tells Anambra govt

Nigeria should export, not import rice The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that Anambra State has the potentials of becoming not only Nigeria’s food basket, but also providing food for the African Continental and beyond. Consequently, the apex bank charged the state to bring to bear its excellent performance in commerce to agriculture to make the dream become a reality. Stating this in a speech he delivered on behalf of the Director, Development Finance Department of the CBN, during the flag-off of Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) in Anambra State, the bank’s Branch Controller, Awka Branch, Mr. C.M. Sokari,…

Edo Guber Watch: Reasons Edo should vote for APC – Oyegun

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday made a passionate appeal to the people of Edo State to vote for the candidate of the party, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to ensure the continuity of the good works of Governor Adams Oshiomhole and to enable the state remain in the mainstream of national politics. Chief Oyegun who was the first civilian governor of Edo State, said the 10 years of alignment the state had with the PDP at the state and federal level was a disastrous outcome for the state. According to him, the benefits that ought…

Mrs Jonathan to drag EFCC before West African Court

Former first lady, Mrs Patience Ibifaka Jonathan has concluded plans to drag the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the African Commission of Human and Peoples Right in Gambia. Sources close to the legal team said they took the decision to seek legal redress in a court free from manipulation. Already a new group, The Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra (TRIPOB) has thrown its weight behind the decision to drag the EFCC before the African Commission of Human and Peopless Right over its case Mrs Jonathan. The group, in statement by its spokesman,  Chima “Phillip Effiong” Osuji,  condemned what…

Kanu trial: Prosecution suffers setback over bias claims

The prosecution of leader of separatist movement Indigenous People of Biafra suffered a major setback Monday when a judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja Justice John Tsoho returned his case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Justice Ibrahim Auta for reassignment. This comes after the judge washed his hands off the case on the strength of a petition against him before the National Judicial Council NJC by the detained Director of Radio Biafra, accusing him of bias. Justice Tsoho is the second judge from the bench of the Federal High Court accused by Kanu of bias in the…

CANONIZATION OF CYPRAIN IWENE TANSI: WHY THE DELAY? (2)

Read from the beginning CANONIZATION OF CYPRAIN IWENE TANSI: WHY THE DELAY? (1) So we are not in any way meddling in matters that are none of our businesses or not within our competence; No!!  We are only showing our concern and perhaps sounding a note of warning against ugly situation that might ensure as a result of inaction from parties or those expected to take decisions.   CANONIZATION OF TANSI: NEED  FOR ACTION AND PRAYERS   Let us specifically return to our main topic of interest and great concern, namely the canonization of TANSI. IGBO PEOPLE OF NIGERIA, in…

Nigeria, sinking deeper into the mud – Catholic Bishops

Catholic Bishops are shaking their heads over the state of the nation. They said all the old problems are still here and more are manifesting. In a statement on the State of the Nation issued at the end of their second plenary meeting at Akure, Ondo State, recently, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) concluded that nothing has changed: There is hunger in the land and many have lost their jobs. “We therefore urge the government to take proactive and practical steps towards reversing the recession. We call on Nigerians to moderate their taste for foreign goods, reduce waste…

Glorious exit of Mama Helen Ihentuge

The family members of late Pa Charles Ihentuge of Ihitte Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA expressed gratefulness to God over a virtuous life lived by their mother, Mrs. Helen Adaure Ihentuge as she was committed to mother earth in her husband’s compound after a requiem Mass at St. Benignus Catholic Parish Ihitte Mbieri, Friday September 16. The funeral Mass which was well attended attracted over 30 priests including Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theophilus Okere, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus Oha, Secretary/Chancellor Owerri Archdiocese, and Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Ethelbert Amaku Cmf, Rector Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Maryland Nekede. Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, Vicar…

Urban Renewal and Governor Okorocha’s Demolition Exercise (2)

Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened, and then it is the job of the people to decide whether they have faith in their leaders or government.  We are faithful to our profession in telling the truth.  That’s the only faith to which journalists need adhere.   –   Walter Cronkite URBAN RENEWAL Earlier in this write-up we stated that change was the only permanent thing.  The city is like an organism.  As the population of the city increases, infrastructural facilities must be provided and existing ones improved not only…

Owerri Archdiocesan CMO ends her 2016 annual retreat

A two day 2016 annual retreat organized by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO), came to an end at the Knights of St. John’s International Secretariat Owerri, on Saturday September 10, 2016. The retreat which drew various CMO Presidents and Secretaries from Catholic Parishes in Owerri Archdiocese kicked off with confession, offering the participants the opportunity of purifying their hearts to embrace the retreat. This Retreat was in preparation for the CMO Day celebration at the Archdiocesan level slated for Saturday October 15, 2016. The retreat has as its theme, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, PURGATORY, CONSCIENCE AND…

Eze Iwueze tasks women on humility

Mothers have been urged to remain submissive to their husbands even when the family situation saddles them with responsibility for providing for the family. The Eze-elect of newly created Mgbam-Agbaja autonomous community Ehime Mbano, HRH Emmanuel Okechukwu Iwueze gave the charge as he addressed the maiden women August Home and Abroad meeting of his community when he paid them a solidarity visit at the Umudurebo community school Mgbam-Agbaja. The Royal father drew attention to rampant loss of jobs and other means of livelihood in the country, which he said has deprived many husbands of their means of sustaining their families,…

CYON Mount Carmel Emekuku celebrates Youth Week /cultural day in grand style

The parish CYON members expressed high level of excitement and thanksgiving to Almighty God on the  grand finale of her Youth Week celebration on Sunday 11th, September 2016 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Mother Parish Emekuku. The week long event commenced on Monday 5th September, 2016 with series of religious and entertaining activities; lectures were also delivered on the following topics: “Relationship and sexuality among youths by Community and Youth Development Initiatives (CYDI)”, with free HIV/AIDS test, “Why youths must participate in politics and their role in building the economy of Nigeria by Mr. Michael Ibekwe” and Youths as…

Religion As Instrument For Peace And Integral Human Development

A Communiqué at the End of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at Domus Pacis Pastoral Centre, Igoba, Akure, Ondo State, 8-16 September, 2016. 1. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting of the year at Domus Pacis Pastoral Centre, Igoba, Akure, from 8 to 16 September, 2016. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now present our Communiqué. 2. EVENTS IN THE CHURCH In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we express our heartfelt gratitude to God for his love and abundant…