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August 14, 2018

IGBO QUIT NOTICE: Osinbajo Meets 36 State Governors, charges them not to play politics with security

Osinbajo Meets 36 State Governors, charges them not to play politics with security

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, June 21, while meeting with the 36 state governors in Abuja said Nigeria would remain a united country.   Osinbajo told the governors that they “must ensure the security of lives and property” in their states, adding “Nigeria is indissoluble.”   The meeting was part of a series of meetings the acting president is having with ethnic, religious and political leaders to douse tensions in the country.   The tensions got worse after a Northern youth coalition asked all Igbos living in Northern Nigeria to leave.   The call has been condemned by…

Awarra boils again

3 killed, houses burnt Villagers flee Awarra Community in Ohaji/Egbema LGA, Imo State is  in the news again. As usual, it is about killings and destruction of property by two deadly cult groups ravaging the community – Dewell and Degbam.   The latest clash between the “terrorists” has left three people dead, five houses burnt, forcing the villagers to flee. The Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) are now taking refuge in St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Awarra and neighbouring parishes.   An IDP told The Leader in Owerri on Sunday that the cult groups are killing not only themselves, but also innocent…

Msgr. Akagha visits Sacred Heart Station … Preaches love, forgiveness

Msgr. Akagha visits Sacred Heart Station World Bank New Owerri

In continuation of his evangelization visit to stations in St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri, the parish priest, Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha on Monday June 19, visited Sacred Heart Station, World Bank.   In his homily during Mass, Msgr. Akagha cautioned Christians against retaliation, saying Christianity preaches forbearance and not retaliation.   Reflecting on the gospel, Matt. 5:38-42, the priest said Christ in the gospel text went beyond the Mosaic Law of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” and rather recommended that “we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.”   Msgr….

Rumour mongering as fuel for crisis

Rumour mongering on the increase on social media

It is true that there is no smoke without fire and that in any “rumour”, so to speak, there is always an element of truth. However, the quantum of damage false rumours have wrecked on Nigeria’s socio-political and economic life is better imagined than described. Among other evils, it leads to unnecessary crisis, fear and apprehension in a nation where insecurity looms large already.   This has worsened, since the present era of information explosion through the social media – cell phones, Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Imo, Viber etc which have come within the reach of practically everyone. The social media…

High cost of garri, fufu caused by Fulani herdsmen attacks – Farmers

High cost of garri, fufu caused by Fulani herdsmen attacks – Farmers

Fresh angle has emerged on why the market price of garri, Nigerian’s leading staple ‘swallow’ food has been on the rising trend in the last few months even as other domestic foodstuffs are on the downward stretch.   The limited cassava availability and increased cost of cassava products within the country, is caused by the incessant attacks on farmlands by Fulani herdsmen. This is according to the Nigeria Cassava Growers Association.   The assertion was made in Lagos recently, by the group’s president, Segun Adewunmi, who spoke on the challenges being faced by cassava farmers, the News Agency of Nigeria…

Follow church’s teachings – Bishop Ukwuoma advises newly confirmed

Follow church's teachings - Bishop Ukwuoma advises newly confirmed

Christians have been urged to heed to the teachings of the Church in order not to regret their actions at last. The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma gave the advise at a two-day pastoral visit to Regina Pacis Parish, Ihioma in Orlu L.G.A, Saturday, June 18 to Sunday 19, 2017.   According to him, the Church remains the light that transforms human nature, through the gospel of Christ and brings development to wherever it comes to, therefore it cannot mislead anyone that comes to her. The bishop said that Catholic Church is the universal church and does…

Imo FA backs Sam Okwaraji Foundation

Sam Okwaraji Foundation recieves support from Imo FA

The Imo State Football Association (IMO FA) has pledged its full support to Sam Okwaraji Foundation and a firm organizing the event lined up to generate 700m for the development of Sam Okwaraji Sports and Youth Development Centre, Umudioka Orlu, Imo State, the home town of the late football star.   The Imo FA chairman, Chief Amanze Uchegbulam made the pledge when Pat Okwaraji, elder brother to the late Green Eagles midfielder, paid him a courtesy call in Owerri to intimate him about the proramme for the 28th anniversary of the death of the late footballer and to solicit support…

Minister of Health sues for peace at FMC Owerri, Commissions Projects

Minister of Health sues for peace at FMC

The Minister of State for Health Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire stormed the Federal Medical Centre Owerri on Monday 19th June, 2017 for the commissioning of some projects built in the past two years by the management under Dr. Angela Uwakwem.   The projects commissioned included; House Officers Quarters facilitated by Senator Chris Anyanwu; Amenity Ward, Diagnostic Centre, a brand new modern morgue, ward 10 and 11, constructed via contractor financed option, Chest Wards 1 and 2 (MDR), Male Orthopaedic Ward, Emergency Paediatric Ward which was facilitated by Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, former Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives,…

Igbo Quit Notice: Prof. Ango Abdullahi backs Arewa youths

Prof. Ango Abdullahi backs Arewa youths over Igbo Quit Notice

The spokesman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi has expressed support to the call by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups for Igbos to leave the region within three months. Abdullahi expressed “disappointment” with the Northern Governors’ Forum for disowning the youth groups.   The NEF spokesperson told newsmen in Zaria recently, that it was hypocritical for the Igbos to continue to live in other parts of the country while agitating for Nigeria’s break up. The former Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria said: “I am disappointed in the decision taken by Northern Governors’ Forum disowning…

Hon. Chike Okafor renovates Admin Block at Okenalogho College, Obowo

The administrative block built by Hon. Chike Okafor for Okenalogho Secondary Technical College was commissioned on Friday 9th June 2017, by Chief C.O E. Chukwu, Executive Secretary. Secondary Education Management Board.   Commissioning the project, Chief C.O.E. Chukwu eulogized Hon. Chike Okafor for displaying rare philanthropy and touching lives positively with his mandate. He advised the students to be watchful and sensitive to the security of the property.   The SEMB Executive Secretary was accompanied to the event by Directors of SEMB who include, Sir Charles Ajonuma, Barr. B.N.K. Nwachukwu, Mrs. J.U. Opara, Mrs. P.I. Amagwula, Mrs. I.F. Nshirim, Mr….

FUTO Community marks World Environment Day with tree planting

The Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), under the aegis of the Centre for Women, Gender and Development Studies, and the Federal University of Technology Owerri Women Association (FUTOWA) celebrated the 2017 World Environment Day with tree planting at the institution’s premises.   Addressing the FUTO community and invitees after the exercise, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Eze represented by the V.C Administration, Prof. I.C. Ndukwe stressed that everybody all over the world is talking about environment and how to make it better.   “If you live in a clean environment you are automatically clean, clean environment brings good…

Biafra: Give everyone a sense of belonging – Archbishop Martins urges FG

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, has urged the Federal Government to do everything possible to find a lasting solution to genuine agitations of the various ethnic groups in order to give everyone a sense of belonging.   According to a statement in Lagos, Martins expressed deep concern about the discordant tunes and calls for disintegration by some youths in the country.   He urged Nigerians to live together peacefully and shun every act capable of polarising the country.   “This country needs to be more united now than ever before.   “We must not trade the…

Sunday Reading: TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Ps 28:8-9 The LORD Is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed. Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage, and govern them for ever.   COLLECT Grant, O Lord that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Jeremiah 20: 10-13 “He has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evil doers.” Jeremiah said: I hear…

Scrapping of CRK brews another tension … CRK not removed – FG

Minister for education, Adamu Adamu maintained that CRK is not removed from the school curriculum.

A badly stressed Nigeria is struggling with yet another controversy. This time it is a claim that Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) has been removed from the curriculum of schools and replaced with Islamic studies.   But the allegation has been refuted by both the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu and the nation’s top education body, the National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC).   While Minister of Education blamed the alleged misinformation on the media, NERDC issued a statement denying the claim.   “For the avoidance of doubt, the last review of the curriculum was approved in 2013 and implementation…

CWO Okigwe Diocese ends WUCCWO Week – Donates to charity

Activities marking the 2017 World Union Council of the Catholic Women Organization (WUCCWO) week in Okigwe Diocese was wrapped up Monday 5th June 2017, with courtesy visits to charity homes and the handicapped in the Diocese.   A release from the WUCCWO Regional Assembly office gave the theme of this year’s celebration as “WUCCWO Women, sowers of Hope: Commissioned to go out and bear fruits” (Jn 15:16).   The week-long activities kicked-off at parishes and were expected to feature retreat, seminar, rosary procession, visiting the less privileged and other activities as indicated by the Diocesan Council.   In her address,…

No going back on deadline for Igbo – Northern youths tell Osinbajo

The coalition of Arewa youth which gave the Igbo a three-month ultimatum to leave the north has asked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow those agitating for secession to “have their Biafra”. for peace to reign in the country.   In an open letter, the group said they appreciated Osinbajo’s efforts to “finding a lasting solution to the lingering Igbo-induced crisis that is undoubtedly overheating the polity”.   The group said the Igbo had manifested their “hatred for Nigeria’s unity” five years after the country gained independence.   They said activities of the Igbo under Nnamdi Kanu and the Independent…

Withdraw Igbo Quit Notice – Southern Leaders tell Arewa Youths

Southern leaders, comprising South East, South West and South South , rose from a meeting, in Lagos, on Monday 19th, 2017 called on Arewa youths to, immediately, withdraw a quit notice issued Igbo resident in the North by October 1, 2017.   The leaders described the quit notice as an affront, not only on Igbo but entire southerners living in the North.   In a communique jointly signed by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who led South West delegates, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe who led the South East delegation and Chief Albert Horsefall, who led the South -South, which was read by Afenifere…

Osinbajo urges Nigerian churches to reject stolen monies

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said churches in Nigeria should stop taking money from questionable characters. Osinbajo said this at the celebration of Father’s Day at Aso Villa Chapel, Sunday  June 18.   His words: “If the church says we will not accept you here or that we will expose you if you are stealing the resources of the country or stealing the resources of a private company or other establishment where you work, we would not have the type of problem that we have in this country.   “When I listened to His Eminence, the Prelate of the Methodist Church…

Igbo Leaders Storm Aso Rock, … I will deal with trouble makers – Osinbajo

As tension builds up over the quit notice given to Ndigbo living in the North by a notorious and bloodthirsty Arewa youths, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has assured Nigerians not to panic.   However the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Egbu, Rt Rev. Gregory Okoroafor has admonished Ndigbo not to be deceived. He said they should not forget that similar protective assertions were made by government before the 1966-1967 pogrom, in which thousands of Ndigbo lost their lives. The Bishop Ndigbo should not forget that anybody surrounded by enemies must be vigilant and that it is time to start…

Owerri Bank Robbery: Nigerians raise $16,000 for slain policeman’s family, Imo CP commends officers

Zenith Bank Owerri Bank Robbery-Nigerians raise $16,000 USD for slain policeman family

In an overwhelming show of love and devotion to a cause, Nigerians from different parts of the world raised over $15,000 for the family of Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, the policeman that was killed during a robbery in a branch of Zenith Bank in Imo State. As of 11.08pm on Monday, $16,476 had been raised on a fundraising platform, GoFundMe, by 390 people. The feat was achieved within 24 hours of the start of the campaign by PUNCH Newspapers and other social activists in the country, led by Kayode Ogundamisi.   The late sergeant in whose honour the project was initiated,…