My Twitter Feed

May 28, 2018

Eto Nduka Murdered in cold blood few days to his wedding

According to an eye witness, a young who goes by the name Eto had been shot dead by a police patrol attached to the NNPC fuel station in Owerri. The source reported Eto had a misunderstanding with one of the pump attendants, which led to him to slap the attendant, and a little scene was caused at the fuel station, and in the process, his phone was stolen. His friend had advised he ignore the stolen phone, with a promise to get him another phone as they made their way to leave by car, only for the fuel station manager…

Our people need food not Christmas fanfare – Archbishop Obinna

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

Workers and pensioners in Imo State went home this Christmas with empty stomach despite promises and announcement of paid salaries over the media.  This obviously has made harder the already prevailing hard times. Against this backdrop, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has called on the government to respond to the more pressing basic needs of the people rather than lavish resources on fanfare during the period. He made the call while interacting with journalists in his office after delivering his 2016 Christmas message, December 13. The prelate spoke ahead of the Owerri Christmas…

Buhari congratulates Pope Francis at 80

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Pope Francis as he clocked 80 on Saturday Dec. 17. In a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President joined “the Roman Catholic Church in particular, and Christendom in general, in celebrating this milestone in the life of the Pontiff, who has shown uncommon humility, generosity and love for humanity.” President Buhari “believes Pope Francis has lived, preached and demonstrated the tenets of the Christian faith like Saint Francis of Assisi, who influenced the world around him by caring for the weak, the poor and helpless.” The President also assured that “the teachings…

Christmas: Don’t succumb to recession -Bishop Amatu tells Nigerians

The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu has enjoined Nigerians to fasten their belts and take the difficult times as they come instead of succumbing to its pressure; assuring them that they could still make good achievements in the face of recession. Bishop Amatu made the call at the Cathedral of Immaculate Cenception Okigwe in a Christmas message to the faithful, during an exclusive session with our Okigwe Correspondent, PeterClaver Ubochi, shortly after Celebrating the 2016 Special Christmas with members of Okigwe Diocesan Council of  Catholic Women Organization (OCCWO). He argued that in human history, there has not…

Christmas: Doing something different

Today is Christmas Day. It is the climax of the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Saviour of mankind (a feast which is second, only to Easter for Christians). This time around we invite everyone to do something different to put some smiles on every face you come across. Ours today, is a call to celebrate this year’s Christmas and New Year festivities by doing something different, so as to make a change. We are not talking of political change as is preached by our politicians, but change in attitude, a change of heart to make others happy,…

NBA condemns Imo ‘obnoxious’ pension form

The Nigeria Bar Association, Owerri branch, has condemned in strong terms  plan by the Imo state government to pay pensioners in the state 40% of their pension arrears; forcing them to forfeit the balance of 60%. Addressing the press on important issues concerning Imo State and its government on Friday, December 16, the NBA Chairman Owerri, Barr Lawrence Nwakaeti said information reaching the association indicated that government has cost a form to circulate for pensioners to sign and upon signing the form they will forfeit 60% of their entitlements. NBA described the form as callous, wicked and insensitive and called…

Music Cantata: Owerri Archdiocese trails blaze …As Catholic Mission Schools shine

Not resting on her efforts in making sure that education is not just restricted to academic knowledge, but an avenue where holistic and entire knowledge would be instilled and harnessed; the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has taken another bold step in her school’s learning curriculum. This time it was her resolve in grooming future generation who would remain committed and attuned with the liturgical songs of the church. These feelings came about at invent tagged: Owerri Catholic Mission Schools’ Music Competition 2016.  The day was Saturday December 17, and venue was Owerri Girl’s Secondary School. The coral festival which took…

What is Christmas to you?

Christmas as its name implies is the period or season for merriments and joy. It is celebrated all over the world especially by the Christians, because it is the remembrance of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Church of Christ teaches. It is associated with a lot of good things and deeds. To some part of the International communities like USA, Britain, Rome, and many others, it is associated with Carol songs called Christmas Carol which are traditionally songs of Christmas itself and full of funny consequences aimed at producing funny stories to make people happy and…

Women, youths need to be engaged meaningfully through mechanized agriculture – Hon. Onwudiwe

It is gradually and steadily becoming obvious to every Nigerian that one of the most pitiable feats in the annals of the nation’s calendar since Independence was the nonchalant attitude and neglect the oil boom of the 70s brought to agriculture. And till this day, unarguably this ugly state of affairs has continued to take toll on the psyche of many, especially the youths. Despite the alarming rate of unemployment in the country, not many of them want to take up agriculture as a profession. Good number of them do not even think it is a worthwhile venture. They still…

Practicing Agriculture on television and air-conditioned rooms

From time immemorial agriculture has been the provider of food for man’s existence and sustenance. When agriculture was discovered (or invented|) in ancient times, it made the primitive man, the wandering man, the gatherer, the hunter, to settle at a place and invent other things that led to advancement and development of his environment. He produced sufficient food for himself and his family. His surplus was exchanged for things he lacked and trade by barter began. Hunger, the greatest weapon of mass destruction, and enemy of progress, thus vanished or was reduced to the barest minimum and food security, (often…

Archbishop Obinna visits St. John Ngbala Agwa …Inaugurates Parish, confirms 104 candidates

St. John’s Catholic Parish Ngbala Agwa in Oguta LGA, Imo State has been inaugurated by His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Sunday December 4, 2016, amidst pomp and pageantry. The two-day pastoral visit which began on Saturday with the arrival of the Archbishop witnessed a rousing welcome by a tumultuous crowd led by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Gerald Nnaocha who gathered at Ngbala junction to welcome the chief shepherd. On arrival to the parish, the prelate had an interactive session with the parishioners which ended with a benediction. The grand finale of the pastoral…

Owerri Archdiocese: Mary League celebrates Immaculate Conception

Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri witnessed a large turnout of the faithful as Owerri Archdiocesan Mary League Girls celebrated their annual feast of Immaculate Conception on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The first phase of the occasion started with a pontifical Eucharistic Mass presided over by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, assisted by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere, the Archdiocesan Mary League Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Cosmas Amadi, and other priests. Delivering the homily, Archbishop Obinna, said that one of the reasons for the gathering was to thank God for the gift of the…

True Father Christmas is Bishop St. Nicholas

For centuries the world over, the true Christian image and custom of Father Christmas have become blurred and even lost due to a certain misidentification and diversionary practice by some Western European traditions. Like some other Christian traditions (e.g., St. Valentine), there is need to set matters aright, to correct errors and restore facts. All efforts must be done by us Christians to understand our genuine Christian traditions, and to practise and propagate them properly. The dominant popular image and action of Father Christmas remain distant from the authentic religious personality who animates and models the Christian tradition of Father…

The Nigeria of Sub-Standards

Though the phenomenon of fake and adulterated products has always been there, the situation has worsened over the past 15years. There had never been such a growing culture of sub-standard products and services as is the case now but unfortunately, our people seem to be settling down to it. It is no exaggeration to state that Nigerian markets are flooded with sub-standard goods of every kind as there is hardly any original product anywhere. Whether one is talking about electronics; clothing/textiles or even food and beverages, the story is of the same, – fake products manufactured in China everywhere. It…

Agriculture: A Panacea to the economic recess in Nigeria Department Of Fisheries And Aquaculture Technology, FAT FUTO

Agriculture as defined by Merriam Webster (1828) means the science and art of farming including the work of cultivating the soil, producing crops, planting forest plants/tress, rearing livestock and fishes. It is also a productive essence through the free gift of nature where land, light, air, temperature, rainwater, humidity are potentially harnessed for secondary products like crop plants,fruits, wool, hide and lacand animal to provide end products such asmeat, milk, eggs, honey, etc. Extensively, agriculture provides us abundant food driving out famine, factories creating employment, economic earning for production, education, use of equipment, preservation,a free and fresh environment, transport and…

Behold These Hidden Facts Now Exposed

After the Almighty God had spent six days creating everything we see in this world, including the first human beings-Adam and Eve-whom He kept in the Garden of Eden, He later in heaven decided to create the ROSARY and handed it over to the Mother of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary whom He had crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth and told Her to bring it down to the world for our use.   Why did He take this decision? You will soon find out. And so it happened that on the 16th of July, 1208 AD, the Blessed Virgin…

God’s got you covered!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

American theologian and author, Scott Hahn tells an interesting story about covenantal love. It was about an earthquake in Armenia which killed 25,000 people in 1998. And there was an anxious father rushing to his son’s school and being traumatized by though of the promise he always made to his little boy: “No matter what happens, my son, I will never abandon you.” Reaching there the school had been reduced to a pile of rubble, and the poor man just stood there at first fighting back tears. Then he ran over to where his son’s classroom had been and, with…

Sunday Reading 4th Sunday of Advent Year A

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. IS 45:8 Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.   COLLECT Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you…   FIRST READING “Behold, a virgin shall conceive.” A reading from the Book of Isaiah 7:10-l4…

Vatican lights Christmas tree – As Pope reflects on Nativity scenes

As Christmas approaches, the Nativity scenes found in churches and homes around the world bid us to make room for Jesus both in our lives and in society, Pope Francis said shortly before the lighting of the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square Friday. The massive 82-foot tree from the Dolomites was lit in St. Peter’s Square, next to the nearly life-size Nativity scene, donated to the Vatican by the Archdiocese of Malta and designed by local artists. The Nativity scenes found “in churches, in homes and in many public places are an invitation to make room in our lives…

Yes, The Church Can Be Involved In Politics – Archbishop Obinna

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has said it is not an abomination for a priest or bishop to talk about politics. Interacting with pressmen in his office on Tuesday, after delivering his Christmas message,  Archbishop Obinna said though he does not belong to any political party, he has a right to talk about politics and be sympathetic to any party of his choice, as well as vote for the party in elections. The church, he said though not partisan, has been involved in politics and issues of good governance. “Here in Nigeria for many years the…