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August 14, 2018

I was elected President to spread wealth, not poverty – Jonathan

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has, Monday, said that he was never elected as Nigeria’s president to spread poverty but to generate and spread wealth. Jonathan who spoke at the Oxford Union, with the theme ‘Fostering Youth Entrepreneurship, and succeeding US Secretary of State who spoke at the same event in May this year, said that only being entrepreneurial can completely cure poverty and not having a job or working for someone. “I once said that I was not elected President of Nigeria to spread poverty; I was elected to generate and spread wealth.” “My belief in this regard is that getting…

Enugu: Communities give herdsmen 72 hours to vacate domain

Five communities in Ozalla, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, on Monday 24, protested the presence of suspected Fulani herdsmen in their communities. The communities have given the herdsmen 72 hours to leave their domain. The protesting villagers claimed that the herdsmen numbering over 100 had arrived their communities with their families and belongings in five Mercedes Benz-911 lorries. The protesting villagers comprising farmers, market women, men and youths gathered in one of the community primary schools, chanted solidarity songs with placards and brandished green leaves as they demanded the herdsmen leave their communities. President General of Ozalla…

Fulani herdsmen: 2000 women protest in Delta – hold Governor’s aide hostage

The women numbering over 2000, were protesting the harassment, killing of their people, the raping of women and destruction of their farms by Fulani herdsmen, Sahara Reporters reports. The Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Festus Agas, was held hostage by protesting Ossissa women on Monday, October 24, on the busy Asaba-Kwale-Ozoro-Warri road. They barricaded the road as they advanced to attack Agas in his official vehicle, preventing the SSG’s convoy, which included several other state officials, from moving on until the issues were addressed. Security men fought hard to ensure his security as the protest almost turned violent….

NUC told to allow universities run programmes in line with their vision – As Prof. Anusionwu delivers FUTO inaugural lecture

The Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has been advised to allow each university in the country to run programmes in line with its vision and mandate instead of forcing all universities to do the same programme. Professor Bede Chinyere Anusionwu of the Federal University of Technology Owerri gave this advice while delivering the 30th inaugural lecture of the university, October 19. He described the NUC Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for universities academic programme as a “block mould which will produce exactly the same shape of blocks”. Professor Anusionwu said: “The NUC BMAS provides all courses to be done in a…

The Owerri Archdiocesan Burial Law: Matters arising

Prior to the making of Owerri Archdiocesan burial law, a deceased was buried when the bereaved family and relations felt conveniently ready to do the funeral. That time, the deceased was either sterilized in his house or mortuarized in the hospital for months until the day he/she will be buried. Within this period of sterilization/mortuarization, the bereaved family and relation collect to plan, replan and re-replan for the burial and after they met the priest and pick a date for the burial. In this period and process of preparation for the burial, calculated and wilful lie (sin) was neither necessary…

The unspiritual side of Aso Villa – Femi Adesina replies Reuben Abati

Let me begin with two clarifications. Aso Villa is not my home, I am just passing through. Even this world is nobody’s home, we are just birds of passage. So, let nobody turn up his nose in derision, and say; “he’s writing like the landlord of Aso Villa, defending a place where’s he’s just a tenant.” Yes, nobody is landlord in the Villa, not even rational presidents. They can only live there for maximum of eight years, if Nigerians so decide. And for me, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels only need to beckon me…

Orlu Diocese: Regina Pacis Regional CYON holds 2016 cultural fiesta

The Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) Regina Pacis Region, on Saturday, October 15, 2016 celebrated their 2016 cultural festival at Regina Pacis Parish Ihioma, Orlu L.G.A.  …honours Engr. Ihejiagwa, others as Pillars of the youths Delivering a homily during the Holy Mass, the Regional Chaplain, Very Rev Fr. Augustine Iwuagwu said that the Catholic Church is not against the tradition of Igbo culture, but Christianizes any fetish part of it. “In Catholic Church, there is room for everything except selfishness”, he stated. The Chaplain pointed out that Igbo culture has a lot to teach the younger ones, stressing that…

Ehime Mbano boils as council workers protest non payment of salaries …Two Staff collapse

Agitating workers of Ehime Mbano Local Government Council took to the street and shutdown the Council Secretariat over the non-payment of 3 months salaries in arrears, allowances and other emoluments. The protesting workforce, in their numbers, locked up offices and barricaded the Council Secretariat protesting what they called callous and degrading in human treatment being meted out to them by the Transition Commission Chairman, Hon. Chike Orjiakor who they accused of treating workers with levity, contempt, odium and derision since assumption of office over a year ago. The aggrieved workers sang anti-government and pro-labour songs, decried the agonizing experiences of…

Taming the unprecedented sexual assaults and other sexual offences in our society

Rape is defined as a sexual act forced on a person against his or her will. It is the most serious kind of sexual assault punishable with imprisonment for life with or without whipping. Generally, it may involve the use of a body part or an object. The long lasting effect on victims of rape can not be over emphasized. These include stigmatization, diminished social confidence, and the most traumatic seeing the perpetrator go scot free or punished lesser because of some lacunae in our laws. On this note, it is pertinent, therefore, to revisit the relevant laws: the criminal…

Rumours in the Arsenal of global falsehood: A dangerous trend (1)

The mechanics of mongering and spreading of rumours including those deliberately cultivated by false propaganda experts has assumed a dangerous dimension over the years. Rumours are known to cause concern if not false alarm. The phenomenon of rumours has drawn the attention of psychologists way back in the twenties because of the political realities of the day that made rumours attract credence. The enemies of revolutionary governments, exploiting the long-standing human habit of passing on all kinds of information by word of mouth, turned rumours into an “oral newspaper of counter revolution”. Slander, deliberately spread by the class enemies reflected…

Mass wedding: 18 couples exchange marital vows at Holy Family church Uratta

All roads Saturday, October 22, 2016, led to the Holy Family Catholic Parish Uratta in the Owerri North LGA, where 18 couples tied the nuptial knots and exchanged marital vows. The officiating Priests were: Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Onwana, Parish Priest, his assistant, Rev. Fr. Theodore Ihenetu and Rev. Fr. Philip Ojimanu, who delivered  the homily. The newly wedded couples are: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Igwe, Mr. & Mrs. John Amadi, Mr. & Mrs. Paulinus Amaram, Mr. & Mrs. Ogbonna Azuoma, Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Odumodu and Mr. & Mrs. Hilary Uzogara. They also include: Mr. & Mrs. Onyekachi Opara,…

ICPC summons 4 IMT officials over N113m

Four principal officers of the Institute of Management and Technology, IMT, have been summoned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, over alleged illegal collection of N113 million from students. The petitioners noted that in contravention of the lawful directive of ICPC that the Rector and his principal officers refund the N40,000 collected from each students for hostel accommodation, the said money was not refunded. In a letter dated October 14, entitled Investigation activities – letter of invitation, by Adedayo Kayode, on behalf of ICPC Chairman, asked the Rector of IMT to release the officers to…

Pope Francis: ‘The Rosary is the prayer of my heart’

Pope Francis on Wednesday reminded the faithful that the month of October is dedicated to the Rosary and invited all believers to recite the Marian prayer. In a tweet, just a few days ago, on the day when the Church celebrates the feast of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, the Pope said “the Rosary is the prayer that always accompanies my life: it is also the prayer of simple people and saints…it is the prayer of my heart”. At the conclusion of  the weekly General Audience, he explained that the Rosary is “a synthesis of Divine Mercy”: “With Mary,…

Freed 21 Chibok girls may not be their normal selves at the moment – Pope Francis

Pope Francis, religious head of the Catholic Church worldwide has said the 21 Chibok girls released should undergo psychological evaluation by experts because of their traumatic experience. He made the statement through the President of Pontifical Mission Societies (Nigeria), Rev. Fr. George Ajana, during this year’s World Mission Sunday, at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Area 3, Abuja. According to the Pope, though everyone is grateful for their release, the girls cannot regain their normal selves without psychological rehabilitation and prayers from the church. “The release of the 21 Chibok girls is victory, it is a very good sign…

Ehime-Mbano community celebrates New Yam with Holy Mass

The Eze-elect of Okpaziza autonomous community, Ehime-Mbano, HRH Eze Ajonuma, Eze Diohamma I, celebrated his first official function with the traditional ‘Iri Ji’ at his palace recently. Rev. Fr. Steve Onuoha, Parish Priest St. Theresa Catholic Church Umunakanu, celebrated a Holy Mass as part of the activities heralding the feast of the new yam. In his homily, Fr. Onuoha admonished Igbos to love one another and be their brother’s keepers as united we stand, divided we fall. The homilist observed that it is important that Christians give their first fruits to God and admonished the congregation to ensure that good…

FMC: Embattled Medical Director sues for peace – As Health workers continue protest

Activities were paralyzed at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, as health workers drawn from South East and South South Geo-political zones joined members of Nigeria Labour Congress in solidarity with members of Joint Health Sector Union FMC chapter, who took to the street protesting the recall of their Medical Director Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem. The agitating workers who wore black attires and displayed placards with different inscriptions condemning the recall of the Medical Director who had been on compulsory leave for over a year as a result of alleged high handedness financial profligacy and introduction of Private Public Partnership (PPP)…

Eucharistic Congress: Owerri Archdiocese has become missionary church – Archbishp Obinna

Christ’s faithful in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, have been called upon to appreciate the need to contribute their resources to the funding of Priests from the Archdiocese on missions outside Nigeria. The Call was made recently by the Chief shepherd, His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna while preaching the homily at the Holy Mass to round off the activities marking the 24th anniversary of the National Eucharistic Congress held in Owerri in October 1992. The occasion took place at the Eucharistic Congress site behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral  Owerri. The Archbishop who was preaching  Owerri, on the eve…

KSM: Owerri Metro Council holds election – Emeakaroha re-elected Metropolitan Grand Knight

Prince Eugene Emeakaroha has been re-elected Owerri Metropolitan Grand Knight, Order of Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria. He beat two other contestants to reclaim the position during a peaceful election conducted by the KSM Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Dr. Innocent Maduakolam Osuagwu, at KSM hall, Wetheral Road Owerri, October 7. The chaplain was assisted by the Supreme Knight, Chief Anthony Onuh and the Supreme Auditor, Chief Greg Esotu. Speaking shortly before the election, Fr. Osuagwu reminded the delegates made up of metropolitan council members that knights were the pillars of the church and therefore should conduct themselves in a manner betting…

CJN identifies corruption as major challenge of Judiciary

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed said Monday that corruption was a major problem in the nation’s Judiciary sector. He said measures were being intensified to curb the menace, which informed the unveiling of a National Judicial Policy (NJP) in Abuja Monday by the National Judicial Council (NJC). Justice Mohammed, who is also the Chairman of the NJC, said: “It would be stating the obvious to opine that the greatest single menace that challenges the justice system in Nigeria today is corruption. “This endemic vice is not peculiar to any region and ethnic group, cutting across faiths,…

SUNDAY READING: THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON         Cf. Ps. 38:22-23 Forsake me not, O LORD, my God; be not far from me! Make haste and come to my help, O Lord, my strong salvation!   COLLECT Almighty and merciful God, by whose gift your faithful offer you right and praiseworthy service, grant, we pray, that we may hasten without stumbling to receive the things you have promised. Through our Lord……   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Wisdom 11:22-12:2 Theme: You are merciful to all, for you love all things that exist. Lord, the whole world before you is like a speck…