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May 28, 2018

Family marks one year memorial of late Sir C.I. Ajaegbu

Just like yesterday but it’s already one year since Sir Christopher Ifeanyi Ajaegbu (KSJI, JP) departed this vale of tears; yet tears remain unabated in the eyes of his loved ones, even as relatives, colleagues and friends joined his family in the memorial Mass held Sunday 25th December, 2016, at St. Peter’s Parish in-building Umuduru Isiala Mbano Imo State. Host parish priest, Fr. Francis Ihemeneke presided. Worshippers included Lady Angela Ajaegbu, LAUX JP (wife), Barr Mrs. Ogechi Uja (nee Ajaegbu) daughter, Mrs. Chinenye Uzoukwu (daughter), Mrs. Eberechi Ailbe (daughter), Mr. Mac-Anthony Chimezie (son). Others include, Barr Obiajulu Uja, Mr. Ikechukwu…

Imo Principals brainstorm on poor funding … As ANCOPSS Inaugurates New Exco

The All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS, Imo State chapter held its Quadrennial Congress in Owerri on Friday 20th January 2017 with a brainstorming session on “Poor funding: a major threat to the successful implementation of free and qualitative education in Nigeria,” presented by Dr. Benadette Nze, the guest lecturer. The guest lecturer decried the non-inclusion of education in the  10 – point road map for economic recovery agenda of the federal government.  She concurs with the theme of the lecture that poor funding of education has become an albatross and a major threat to the free…

CALLED TO BEATITUDE

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

The great philosopher Aristotle once said that happiness is what everyone seeks and that every human effort is oriented towards its achievement. However, many of our efforts do not bring us happiness because the underlying principles are wrong. The truly ethical person, Aristotle says, is the one who knows and does only that which brings true and lasting happiness. True happiness is that which conforms with the will of God and is geared towards our supernatural vocation to the kingdom of heaven. In today’s gospel, Jesus provides the framework for true and lasting happiness/blessedness/beatitude. He pronounces blessedness or beatitude upon…

Sunday Reading: Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Sunday readings

Sunday reading ENTRANCE ANTIPHON       Ps 106: 47 Save us, O LORD our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you.   COLLECT Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honour you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. Through our Lord…..   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah 2:3;3:12-13 Theme: “I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lowly.” Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his commands;…

Abuja Archdiocese wants missing priest back, 16 months after kidnap

Rev. Fr. Gabriel Oyaka, 40, a Spiritan priest of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost,  who was kidnapped by yet unidentified persons 16 months ago, along the Lokoja-Okene-Auchi highway as he was travelling to Onitsha, Anambra State. Since then, nothing has been heard about him, nor whether he is dead or alive. Oyaka was kidnapped on September 7, 2016, as travelled in his blue Toyota Corolla car. He was alleged to have suddenly found himself blocked by some armed bandits, who searched the long queue of vehicles, until they identified him. He was also said to have been dragged into…

Trump’s inauguration – Lessons for Nigeria

On January 20, Nigerians and the rest of the world watched admirably as the USA swore in her 45th President Donald J. Trump, in a colourful ceremony marked with precision. It was America setting the pace yet again as world leader, and leaving a trail of lessons for us to learn. The inauguration ceremony was devoid of the controversy that dogged the elections because the parties have visibly closed ranks in the interest of America. They have buried their differences and joined hands to welcome their new head of government, in an all-American way. There were no gaffes, superfluity, hustling,…

Archbishop Obinna pays two-day Pastoral visit to St. Peter’s Ejemekwuru

Joy, excitement and spiritual upliftment are words that cannot be enough to describe the feelings of parishioners and non-parishioners alike of St. Peter’s Parish Ejemekwuru following the two day pastoral visit of His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J. Obinna to the parish on 14th- 15th January, 2017 The Archbishop and parishioners described the visit as  significant in the sense that it is the  first pastoral visit for the year.  To the parishioners it is a sign   for the new year, and to the prelate an opportunity to go more closer to God, judging from the name of the community “…

The dream and race for President of Nigeria from Igbo extraction

The demise of the first Republic, where an Igbo man Rt. Hon. Nnamdi Azikiwe (Owelle of Onitsha) ended up with the termination of the Republic by Military Coup, saw the end of Igbo man in epic position in Nigeria’s politics. Subsequent attempts made by some individuals at other point in time, in 1998 by Dr. Alex Ekwueme, number two man, in Shagari’s government to clinch the ticket and thus become the President failed. That unsuccessful attempt was not because the man lacked credible portfolios but because the military in one hand did not trust an Igbo man as to hand…

Trump orders Removal of Islamic symbols & practices in White House

Obama was seen storming away from the West Wing after staffers from Donald Trump’s transition team began preparing the Executive offices for the new administration. On Trump’s orders, one of Obama’s most secretive rituals is being reversed and all signs of it removed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For the past 8 years, to appease any Muslims working at or visiting the White House, silence has been ordered during the 5 times of Islamic prayer each day. In addition, prayer rugs and crescent moon symbols are available in several areas of the executive mansion to make Muslims more comfortable. The administration…

Fulani herdsmen on Jihad mission in Kaduna – Catholic Church insists

Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese Of Kafanchan, Rev. Fr. Ibrahim Yakubu, has restated the Church’s position that the crisis in Southern Kaduna is being carried out by Fulani herdsmen who are on a Jihad mission. Yakubu said events of the past years were enough confirmation that the herdsmen had an agenda. “First of all, all the villages that have suffered these attacks are villages that are either 100 or 90 per cent Christians”, he told New Telegraph. “Even where you have the Muslim settlement, you will discover that their houses are never touched. In most cases, they will appear…

How to identify a “Cosmetic Catholic” – Cathedral Administrator

Not all who come to Church every Sunday are authentic Catholics.  Many are cosmetic or superficial Catholics who come to Church to show-off. The Administrator of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Rev. Fr.  Gerard Onyekwere who revealed this in his homily last Sunday, January 22, also gave some clues on how to identify a cosmetic Catholic. First, cosmetic Catholics don’t take the Sacrament of Confession seriously.  They go to confession once in several months or even years.  They don’t know how to pray the Rosary, Angelus and hardly attend any Church activity except Sunday Mass. Second, they come to church to…

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First – Trump

Full text of PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP INAUGURATION SPEECH, Jan. 20, 2017 Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out…

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great…Elsewhere in America (3)

(2) POWERFUL: Power does not rest only in physical strength or stamina. Obama as president was able to withstand the overwhelming vicious attacks of his numerous enemies mostly the white racists and bigots who swore from day one to oppose all his policies, to UNDO ALL HIS LEGACIES! They fought tooth and nail to derail or destabilize any project he initiated “to make America even greater than what the nation was before he assumed office”. They questioned even his birth certificate and American citizenship! Barack OBAMA did not shake. He stood his ground and completed his tenure gracefully and in…

Bola Tinubu raises alarm over hyper-inflation

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the godfather of the All Progressives Congress has described Nigeria’s current inflation rate of 18 per cent as unbearable Tinubu said Nigerians were suffering too much and urged the Federal Government to bring Nigeria out of the throes of recession by urgently reviewing its monetary policies. Tinubu spoke on Wednesday as a guest lecturer at the National Defence College Course 25 lecture, titled, “Strategic Leadership: My Political Experiences.” The APC chieftain, who urged the Federal Government to “stimulate this economy,” said the decline of oil prices seemed to be a long-term phenomenon and strategic objectives must be…

Christianity under Siege: DSS tried to arrest pastor for Speaking out against Fulani herdsmen

Apparently, Christianity is under siege.  A pastor who got sick and tired of the assault on Christians by the so-called Fulani herdsmen and advised his congregation to prepare for self defense was to be arrested by the Department of State Services – DSS, if not for the prompt intervention of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose. Rather than fishing out and arresting the blood-thirsty herdsmen responsible for the numerous killings in Southern Kaduna, Enugu and Benue States, the DSS wants, to lock up Christians who speak out. Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the early hours of Wednesday foiled…

Onicha Amairi hosts Oji Ezinihitte …Stakeholders harp on unity

All roads, on New Year Day 2017 led to the combined primary school, Ekeoha Onicha, Ezinihitte Mbaise L.G.A, where the community finally took their turn in hosting the popular Oji Ezinihtte cultural festival, which rotates among the 14 communities of the local government. The other 13 communities are Oboama na Umunama, Ife na Owutu, Ihitte, Akpodim, Amumara, Eziudo, Itu, Okpofe, Ezeagbogu, Udo, Obizi, and Okwuato (Umuhu/Ibeku/Lagwa). The success story was the outcome of the combined efforts of the entire Onicha Amairi indigenes including those in Diaspora, Ezinihitte Traditional rulers and Ezinihitte Development Association (EDA). The entire project was co-ordinated by…

They came home, met their death … How two foreign based Imolites were murdered in Imo during Christmas

Insecurity is rearing its ugly head strongly again in Imo State, kidnappers and cold-blooded murderers are back, with at least two families mourning the brutal killings of their sons, in strange circumstances, last Christmas. Friday Nduka from Egbuoma in Oguta, returned home from Indonesia to celebrate Christmas and also get married. He was unbelievably gunned down at the NNPC filling station at the Control Post in Owerri, by a policeman, over a minor incident. Nduka’s shocking death occurred on December 22, while he, his bride-to -be and her mother stopped at the petrol station to fuel their car.  An eyewitness…

The Greatest Summons

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Most renowned speeches or stories do have a single line or phrase encapsulating their whole essence. And many a time, these lines or phrases end up characterizing or defining the entirety of the subject’s persona or life project. This is especially true in literature, politics, and in movies. For example, when we hear “Even you Brutus!”, we immediately associate that with Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Whenever someone says: “I have a dream!”, our minds flash back to Martin Luther King Jnr. And at the mention of “Yes, We Can!”, Barrack Obama comes to mind. In the Gospel of today, we hear…

Sunday Reading: THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 96:1.6 O sing a new song to the LORD; sing to the LORD, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendor, strength and honour in his holy place.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 9:1-4 Theme: In Galilee of the nations, the people have seen a great light. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun…

No terrorist group shouts ‘Jesus’ before attacking – CAN replies Soyinka

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has criticized remarks made by Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, that religion will destroy Nigeria if not tamed. Soyinka made the statement at a book presentation in Abuja last Thursday. He said: “I would like to transfer that cry (by President Muhammadu Buhari on corruption) from the moral zone to the terrain of religion. If we do not tame religion in this nation, religion will kill us.” Reacting to this statement, CAN’s National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel, insisted that religion was not responsible for Nigeria’s problems. “With due respect to Prof. Soyinka,…