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May 28, 2018

Naira now worst currency in Africa under Buhari – Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of making the Naira the worst currency in Africa. Ekweremadu said the economy had suffered more crisis under the new government than any government. Ekweremadu stated this at the Peoples Democratic Party’s national stakeholders’ meeting held at the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, on Monday. He was quoted by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, as saying, “They told us that one US dollar would be one naira when they take over. Has that happened? “Today, our currency is the worst…

Massive exploitation of students at IMSU

It is very disheartening to observe that the good intention of Governor Rochas Okorocha in extending the Free Education Programme of his administration to Imo State University Students has been converted as a money making business by the lecturers of IMSU. Some of these lecturers mostly in the School of Business Studies are now channelling what would have been paid as tuition fees to themselves by forcing their students to buy their own published so called textbooks at very highly inflated prices. These so called textbooks, which can best be described as pamphlets are published semester by semester on a…

Army needs spiritual support to finish Boko Haram war – Bishop Oliver Dashe

Most Rev. Oliver Dashe, the Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese on Sunday urged Nigerians to offer prayers to the military to consolidate its successes in the current war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East. Dashe stated this at the inauguration of Patrons and Grand Patrons at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri. He said although the military had recorded success in the operations, it needed spiritual help to crush the insurgents finally. Dashe said, however, that the military must get engaged in constant prayers as the Boko Haram war required more than…

Robert Mugabe’ll win next election even as a corpse – Wife

Grace, the wife of Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, has stated that her husband would win even as a corpse in the next year’s poll. Mugabe, who turned 93 on Tuesday, has slowed down on public engagements, while his 51-year-old wife has become increasingly visible in political circles. Grace made the declaration while addressing a rally of the governing Zanu-PF party in Buhera, south-east of the capital Harare on Friday. “One day when God decides that Mugabe dies, we will have his corpse appear as a candidate on the ballot paper. “You will see people voting for Mugabe as a corpse….

Religion is NOT the Problem: Revisiting Prof. Soyinka’s Stigmatization of Religion (3)

This means that the African leader’s pro-African stance to dare and question the past mistakes against his or her country is at the root of modern African problem, and NOT religion. Read from the previous page here The African leader who choose not to address the historical mistakes in his country and correct it in the light of the present suffering of his people, has never received any rebuke from any of the centres of power that still regard themselves as friends of Africa. Even when such an African leader or Head of State is committing various kinds of crime…

OACCMO opens first meeting of the year in grand style – Honours 12 members with distinguished merit award

Members of the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO) on Saturday the 28th of January 2017 turned out en-masse for their first meeting of the year. The Eucharistic celebration held to mark the occasion, was presided over by the Archdiocesan CMO Chaplain, Very Rev. Fr. Sebastian O. Igbokwe. Preaching the homily, Very Rev. Fr. lgbokwe enjoined the CMO members to be steadfast in their faith and obey the basic teachings of the Catholic Church. He named a few Bible personalities like Abraham, Enoch, Abel, Isaac, Noah and Joseph who through their obedience and faith, gained God’s favour. He…

Southern Kaduna Killings: How Governor El-Rufai can end crisis – Bishop Bagobiri

The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Bishop Joseph Bagobiri, has highlighted measures the state government can use to resolve the lingering crisis in Southern Kaduna. Addressing journalists in Kaduna, Bagobiri advised the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government to develop the political will to sanction perpetrators of violence in the state. Bagobiri said, “Those who abuse the sanctity of innocent lives and abuse human rights must not be allowed to go scot-free,” he said. “While one cannot rule out the positive side of dialogue, things such as these require proactive actions from the state government. “I have been involved in initiating…

‘I’m getting better’ – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, February 22, assured Nigerians that his health condition has improved. The President stated this in a three-minute telephone conversation with the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje. Buhari, who spoke in Hausa, replied “Alhamdulillah (all praise be to Allah)” when Ganduje asked “How are you feeling now, Your Excellency?” The conversation took place while a prayer session, which was broadcast live on some radio stations, was ongoing at the Kano state government house. It was gathered that about 300 imams and Islamic leaders from all Islamic denominations across the state attended the prayer session. The…

Police foil bank robbery in Owerri … Kill one robber

Barely one month after a gang of hoodlums stormed Owerri High court and snatched a notorious kidnap suspect in broad-day light; another gang of armed robbers stormed a new generation bank along Wethedral Road Owerri  on Wednesday, Februay 22, with intent to snatch a large quantity of money. But the gunmen were not that lucky this time around as one of them fell to the superior firepower of the police. Though there are several versions of the account, the police said only the robbery suspect was killed during the operation while three police men sustained gunshot injuries. A press release…

Reviewing the Monetary Policy

The new foreign exchange monetary  policy put out by the Central Bank on Monday may ease the burden of a few well-to-do Nigerians, including those who have their children in schools overseas and those going for medical treatment outside our shores. But for most of us, it is as good as doing nothing because the cost of living is still rising and hitting the roof while the living standard has fallen to an all-time low. As far as the majority of us are concerned, Nigeria has yet to design an effective monetary or foreign exchange policy – one that is…

Bell tolls as Chukwuma Okoro goes home

The remains of Late Chukwuma Aloysius Okoro were interred at his Umuaro Umunumo country home after a funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Michaels Catholic Parish in building on Friday 17th February 2017. A thanksgiving Mass was celebrated on Sunday 19th February. In his homily Rev. Fr. Augustine Eziefule harped on the exigency of the need as enunciated in the book of Leviticus chapter 19 verse 1-2 and verse 17-18 with the theme “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. According to him, the Lord said to Moses, “say to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, you shall…

Valentine’s Day: Fr. Val Njoku marks birthday

It was a double portion of joy for Very Rev. Fr. Valentine Ogechukwu Njoku as he marked the feast of his patron St. Valentine on the same day as his birthday, Tuesday 14th February 2017. A visibly elated Fr. Val as he is popularly known had a super terrific day with Christ’s faithful at St. Michael’s Church Umueze 1 Ehime Mbano, where he has been Rector for only about three months. His brother priests and the religious also shared in his joy as no fewer than four priests concelebrated the Tuesday 6.30am Mass which had all the trappings of Sunday…

FMC workers jubilate as Dr Uwakwem steps down … Call off strike

Peace returned to the Federal Medical Centre Owerri – FMC on Monday 20th February 2017 as the national and state leadership of Joint Health Sector Unions Nigeria (JOHESU) led by Comrades Biobelimoye Joy Josiah and Comrade Nzenwata Francis, stormed the Health facility, intimating staff and management of the decision of the Federal Ministry of Health, interdicting Dr. Mrs Angela Uwakwem, the Medical Director of the Centre. According to Comrade Biobelimoye Joy Josiah, the national leadership of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) had approached an Abuja High Court on a case of mandamus preferred against the Federal Ministry of Health, compelling…

Learn how to say, ‘I’m sorry’ – Priest charges Christians

Christian’s have been charged to always accept their mistakes and apologize for them. The Parish Priest of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, New Owerri, Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha gave this advice in his sermon during 2nd Saturday CMO Mass. Making reference to the 1st Reading (Gen. 3:1-8), Msgr. Akagha said, Adam should have accepted responsibility for eating the fruit of which God commanded him not to eat, instead of shifting the blame to Eve, and Eve shifting it further to Serpent. Reflecting on the actions of Adam and Eve, Msgr. Akagha observed that many people have a hard time uttering, ‘I’m…

Pa Aloy Uchegbu exits at 101 years …Bishop Amatu wants faith, parishes grow pari-passu

The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. S.A. Amatu has described the increasing number of parishes as positive development in the Church. The prelate made the observation as he preached a homily at the requiem Mass for Late Pa Aloysius Obialor Anyanwu Uchegbu (a.k.a Little Chocolate) held recently at St. Peter’s parish-in-building Mgbam Agbaja Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State. He however noted with regret that the zeal and candour with which the faithful in Catholic communities pursue the actualization of parish status dwindle as soon as they actualized their aim. The prelate spoke in reflection on the life…

Religion is NOT the Problem: Revisiting Prof. Soyinka’s Stigmatization of Religion (2)

True enough, there are causes of violence impeded in some religious beliefs and elements. This does not mean, however, that there is a direct link between religion and violence. Because to hold the view linking religion with violence is to obscure authentic thought about people’s belief in the One True God, who is the Creator and Father of us all. The purity of religious faith in the One True God must therefore, be always recognized as the principle and source of Love between human beings. This observation is important because it helps to correct the wrong impression created in some…

“GAMBLING: THE NEW SOCIAL ILL” – A REJOINDER

Let me use this medium to react to the editorial in The Leader newspaper of Sunday, June 5 2016 (p.2) with the above caption. After a careful perusal of the write-up, I quickly deduced that the writer wrote from the point of view of gambling and not lottery. Gambling and lottery are quite opposed to one another. For the sake of clarity, let us try to define the two concepts. The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defined gamble as playing games of chance, etc. for money. It further described gamble as risking money by investing in something. This same source defined…

Trumpism as The Trump-Card of Eroding Western Civilisation (1)

PREAMBLE In this article, we shall attempt at focusing chiefly on Donald Trump and by extension delineate, succinctly, the preponderant negative impact of radicalism or fanaticism on the world. Indeed, on how the world seem to be stung to a stage of stupor by the alarming influence of an apparently infinitesimal percentage of a group of people who seem better organised and truculently systematic in executing their programme of engulfing the rest of humanity like the amoeba. Some ideas expressed in this article that touch on fanaticism are apologies to Dr. Emmanuel Tanya, a well-known, German psychiatrist.   TRUMPISM For…

There’s hunger, poverty in Nigeria – Speaker House of Reps …Inflation hits 18.72%

State Assemblies must ask governors questions - Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday admitted there is hunger and poverty in Nigeria. Speaking in Abuja, the Speaker acknowledged that Nigerians can no longer cater for their needs in the face of the prevailing economic situation. He, however, assured that the legislature is working towards alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians. Dogara said, “Going by the report of the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, economic recession is already with us. “The double quarters of negative growth, high level of inflation, worsening purchasing power of the Naira and the increasing levels of unemployment are all strong indicators that…

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great…Elsewhere in America (6)

(11) OBAMA THE GREAT AND THE REST OF HUMANITY   As OBAMA took his exit from the political arena of American democracy there aren’t just a few who paid their glowing tributes to the great president of the United States. Look at a few ‘comments’ or ‘tributes’ by thousands of individuals who see and think about OBAMA as I do. JUST A FEW OF THE SELECTED QUOTES!   (i)   “Being English, I may see things from a totally different perspective! I see a President who, being thoroughly graceful, has done a great job. Hadn’t he lowered your deficit in an…