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May 28, 2018

Lady Angelina Adaugo Oguh bows out at 66 years

Sr Angelina Adaugo Oguh

  The Noble Order of Knights of St. John International as usual, turned out in their numbers to accord a befitting burial to one of her illustrious members, Sr Angelina Adaugo Oguh who bowed out of this mortal existence at the age of 66. During the homily at the Requiem Mass at St. Rose’s Catholic Parish Ihitte Ezinihitte Thursday April 19, 2018, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Mbanusi asserted that no accident can take away a person’s life unless as destined by God. He supported his assertion with examples of many who scaled through serious accidents and those who couldn’t no matter…

Don’t mind politicians, Nigeria still in a mess

Rev Fr Dr Francis Nwaiwu

  While millions of Nigerians are suffering untold hardship, going to bed hungry and working without pay, the government is busy congratulating itself, claiming that things are getting better, that recession is no more.   The truth is that Nigeria is still in a mess. Things are getting worse. The only people smiling in the country today are the political elite and their businessmen collaborators. Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Francis Nwaiwu, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of St. Mulumba, dropped this hint in his homily during Mass for the Owerri Metropolitan Council held at Mulumba Hall Owerri on Saturday. “As millions of Nigerians…

The Salvation of the State lies in the trained intelligence

Roads in Owerri demolished by the Government

  Great thinkers of the world in the likes of Plato, Aristotle and Karl Max among others proffered almost the universally accepted ideas on which the society harmoniously live and most importantly , develop till today. For perpetual development and growth of the society, Aristotle (384-322 BC) posited that “the Salvation of the State Lies In the Trained intelligence” if this deposition is strictly analyzed, one would basically understand that virtually, everybody is intelligent but requires additional specific training for perfection especially for those who seek political power, to bring a harmonious society. A successful nation like America was shaped…

Bishop Ukwuoma inaugurates St. Jude’s Parish Urualla – Says Church brings peace and reconciliation

From L-R: Fr. Dr. Hyginus Chigere, Chief Dona Madumere and wife, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma, Rev. Fr. Henry Nweje and Eze John Nwadinigwe (April 13)

  Church as agent of societal development equally brings peace and reconciliation among the people of God wherever it is situated. The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma made this known during a Holy Mass at St. Jude’s Parish Urualla to mark the inauguration of the new parish. He stated that whatever thing we do as human beings in life without God will not stand, and that is why everyone must put God first who directs the affairs of our lives. Bishop Ukwuoma said that Catholic Church carries the gospel of Christ down to the rural dwellers for…

Nneoma Cecilia & Nze M.N. Nwoke join Saints Triumphant

Late Ezinna M.N. Nwoke with Nneonna Cecilia Nwoke

  The duo of Nze Matthew and Nneoma Cecilia Nwokorie were interred at their Alaiyi-Umudibia country home, Umualumaku Umueze Autonomous Community, Ehime Mbano L.G.A Imo State on Thursday, April 12, 2018 after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at St. Joseph Parish celebrated by Rev. Fr. Callistus Ogu, the Bishop’s delegate. Rev. Fr. Callistus Ogu, (Ekwueme), former Parish Priest of St. Joseph Umualumaku concelebrated the requiem Mass with a retinue of priests including Rev. Frs. Peter Anyanwu Okigwe Diocesan Director of Communications and Editor of Sage Newspapers, Rev. Fr. Kelechi Uzuegbu, Damian Iwundu Vincent Emezie, Christian Obioha, Fr. Joseph Kanini,…

St Columba Nsu marks 100 years of Catholicism

Bishop Amatu Msgr Ofoegbu and Very Rev Cajethan Ehiem during the celebration

  It was with pomp and pageantry that the Catholic faithful drawn from Mbano, Obowo, Ihitte and Ehime celebrated the centenary anniversary of St. Columba Parish Nsu. The ceremony began with a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Solomon Amatu on Saturday 14th April 2018. The Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese concelebrated with over 300 priests including Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu, Very Rev. Fr. Cajethan Ehiem, Vicar General 1, Rev. Dr. B.A.A Osuji, Fr. Dr. S. Okeke, Fr. Oliver Amaechi, Fr. Emma Osuji, Rev. Fr. Kelechi Uzuegbu, Fr. Maurice Jiwike, Fr. Barr. Anthony Chidi Onyenagada among others. In his homily, Fr. Maurice…

That Assault on Nigeria via the Senate

The police have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers in Abuja on Wednesday by some thugs.

  Thousands of Nigerians went to bed on Wednesday April 18, 2018 with the embarrassing news from Abuja that thugs invaded Nigeria’s Senate chamber while it was in plenary. The shocking news which spread across the country like a harmattan wild fire was viewed by well meaning Nigerians as the height of gangsterism. The invaders, as it was confirmed carted away the Senate symbol of authority-the mace, only for it to be recovered hours later by the police under a bridge in the federal capital city. By the time the day’s night had turned into another night the incident had…

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 98:1-2 O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia. COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the paschal mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 9:26-31 “He declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord. In those days:…

Murder of two Catholic Priests and their Parishioners in Benue: When will this barbarism end? – Catholic Bishops

The first group of Catholic bishops of Nigeria shortly after arriving Rome last week

  A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the wake of the murder of Two Priests and their Parishioners During the celebration of the Holy Mass, in Mbalom, Benue State.   We have received with deep shock, sorrow and utter horror, the gruesome, grisly and dastardly murder of two Catholic priests along with fifteen of their parishioners in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday 24 April 2018. These innocent souls met their untimely death in the hands of a wicked and inhuman gang of the rampaging and murderous terrorists, who have turned the vast lands of…

Urban renewal or urban destruction?

urban renewal of owerri

  From all indications, urban renewal is a top priority in the Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration in Imo State. It is a laudable idea, and more so if in line with the original Owerri master plan. The master plan designed by Fingerhaut, a Swiss company, in 1976 envisages Owerri Capital Territory to be developed with the concept of a twin city. The area regarded as the Old Owerri, occupied mostly by indigenes of Owere Nchise, would continue to develop with motorable roads and streets, functional drainage system, regular electricity supply and pipe-borne water etc, while the development of a new…

ON DIVINE PRUNING

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  When vines are left on their own in the wild, they tend to wander through the underbrush, grasping anything and everything in their way. They dissipate their precious, creative energies clinging to rocks, wild shrubs and tree trunks, and come harvest time what you get is tiny, usually not-so-tasty fruits. But for a well-groomed vine, the plants grow upright and strong, primed for bountiful yields of huge clusters of robust, tasty grapes. The difference is in the pruning! Now, think of a body injury, when it is left to fester for a long time because we do not want…

Over 4,765 Nigerian doctors working in UK – Anyaoku

  FORMER Secretary-General to the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, said that over 4,765 Nigerian doctors are currently working in the United Kingdom, UK, and constitute 1.7 per cent of the total of the UK medical workforce. Anyaoku who He also revealed that highly qualified and competent Nigerian doctors have equally migrated to the United States of America, Saudi Arabia and Canada, among other countries across the globe for work, thereby, “causing a haemorrhage in the nation’s health sector, which is part of the larger problem of brain drain being experienced by the country on account of the decay and depreciation…

BBNaija 2018: Why Northerners don’t participate in reality show – Arewa leader

The Big Brother Naija Show

  President of the Arewa Consultative Youth Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, has revealed why no northerner participates in Big Brother Naija reality show. Shettima said the contents of the TV programme were immoral and no core northerner will participate in the reality show because of their values and culture. Speaking with DAILY POST, Shettima said, “No Northerner would appreciate such a programme. No core northerner will participate in a programme like the Big Brother Naija because of the immoral act involved. “The show is immoral and we do not participate in such. No responsible child of a northern benefactor will…

Imo Development Levy: Town Unions cry out

  The Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU) has pleaded with Governor Rochas Okorocha not to squeeze the life out of Imolites by further imposing a development levy, on hungry stomachs. On April 3, 2018, Governor Okorocha wrote to all traditional rulers, asking each of them to raise N6, 000, 000 (six million Naira) from his community as development levy. This amounts to N3,000 (three thousand naira) each for 2,000 adults. The Governor warned that any traditional ruler unable to pay would lose his office and also have his autonomous community merged with another. However, town unions, in a…

Looters list, a welcome idea but…

The police have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers in Abuja on Wednesday by some thugs.

  Any plan to name and shame all those who have brought Nigerians to their current level of poverty is a welcome idea. But a better plan is one which not only names the thieves but reclaims the loot and punishes the looters, to serve as a deterrent to others. Nigerians have heard so much about “how” their money was looted and actually is being looted, and “who and who” are looting it, but it makes no sense just to publish the names of a few. What is needed is a comprehensive list of looters, without respect for party affiliation,…

Coronation: Chief Christopher Amadi crowned Traditional Ruler of Okolochi

Archbishop Anthony Obinna, HRH Eze Christopher Amadi, his Ugoeze and members of the Eze's cabinet

– Use your reign to witness for Christ – Archbishop Obinna A mammoth crowd of friends, business associates, royal fathers, Knights and Ladies of the church (especially Knights of St John International – KSJI) Friday, April 13, witnessed the coronation of Chief (Sir) Christopher Chukwuemeka Amadi, as the Traditional Ruler and Ochi II of the Okolochi Autonomous  Community in the Owerri West LGA of Imo State. Venue was St. Joseph Catholic Church Okolochi. The spectacular and innovative feature of the ceremony was the role played by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, the Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna in the…

Tears, agony in Owerri again

- Commuters scrambling to enter one of the few cars available at Owerri Metropolis Thursday - (Inset) Stranded passengers along a major road in Owerri (Pix: innonews.com)

  Pain and misery can only capture the mood in Owerri the Imo state Capital, and No words can better describe the agonizing business environment, since the past two weeks, than fear, anxiety and harassment. This follows government’s insistence on enforcement of its order on relocation of businesses from major roads close to demolished Ekeukwu market to designated markets in satellite towns. The situation has been worsened by the ban of certain classes of commercial vehicles from entering the metropolis. While the business community and artisans complain that the markets they are directed to relocate to have not been completed…

Nigerian bishops begin Ad Limina visit to Rome

The first group of Catholic bishops of Nigeria shortly after arriving Rome last week

  The first group of the Catholic bishops of Nigeria arrived Rome last week on Ad Limina Visit to the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The bishops who arrived Rome April 14 will meet with the pope on Thursday, April 26 when the second group of bishops must have arrived. According to Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu, Secretary General, Catholic Secretariate of Nigeria (CSN), the first group will round-off on April 28 while the second group will finish on May 5. Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri belongs to the second group. The bishops will meet with Cardinal Filoni, Prefect…

Britain Prime Minister appeals to Buhari, others to legalize same-sex marriage

Theresa May told Buhari to approve same-sex marriage

  British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appealed to president Muhammudu Buhari and other leaders within the Commonwealth nation to legalize same-sex marriage in their countries. At the first joint forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Westminster last week, the prime minister said there should be no laws criminalising same-sex relationships across the Commonwealth. May said she understood that most of the laws against same-sex marriage in the Commonwealth nations were made by the UK, arguing that “those laws were wrong then, and are wrong now.” In swift reactions, some leading Nigerian religious leaders rejected the call…

Nigerian youth are lazy, uneducated – Buhari

  President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday criticised the attitude of some Nigerian youth, saying they were “only hustling to get on the gravy train.” “More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” Mr Buhari was quoted as saying by The Cable during a panel appearance with world leaders at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London. The president’s comment adds to an earlier one he made…