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May 28, 2018

Agony, rage: Catholics bury their dead in Benue

… Prayer rally postponed in Owerri for security reasons With sad faces and tearful eyes, the Catholic Church buried its dead in Benue State, and sent a strong message of disappointment to President Muhammadu Buhari. The two priests and 17 worshippers who were brutally murdered, by terrorist Fulani Herdsmen, last month, were laid to rest, on Tuesday, after a funeral mass, at the Sesugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre, Ayati, Benue State. The bodies of the deceased were brought to church, in white caskets, with names, and stacked in a truck, preceded by two ambulances. Distraught family members, wailing, relatives, friends and…

Imo All Progressive Congress (APC) Stakeholders Forum resolutions reached at a stakeholders meeting held on April 2, 2018

  Preamble: On Monday April 2, 2018, a critical meeting of All Progressive Congress (APC) stakeholders comprising  serving National and State Assembly Members, Governorship Aspirants for the elections of 2019 on the platform of the party, Members of the APC State and Local Government Executive Committee and other Leaders of the Party in the State met in Owerri, the State capital.   The main agenda of the meeting was to among others: Examine the state of preparedness of the party for the general elections in 2019. Evaluate the performance of the All Progressive congress led government in the State vis-a-viz…

Benefits of African Trade Zone highlighted at sensitization forum in Imo State

  The Nigeria Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN) of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in partnership with the Imo State Government, organized a one day sensitization forum for the Southeast geo-political zone, on the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA). The stakeholders sensitization and consultations meeting which was held at the Sam Mbakwe Hall, Concorde Hotels Ltd, Owerri, Imo State on Monday 21st May, 2018 was declared open by Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha the Executive Governor, Imo State, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Prof Nnamdi Obiaraeri. In his opening remarks, Governor…

Owerri Provincial Laity marks 4th Triennial Day celebration in Okigwe

… Condemns wanton killings of Christians The Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, held her 4th Triennial Provincial Laity Day celebration and installation of Ambassadors of Laity, tagged Okigwe 2018, on Saturday 12th May 2018, at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Podium Okigwe, Imo State. The celebration began with a pontifical Eucharistic Mass which the Okigwe Diocesan Vicar-General, Fr. Dr. Cajethan Ehiem stood-in for Most Rev. S.A. Amatu, Bishop of the host diocese, assisted by Fr. Prof. Austin Echema (Owerri Provincial Laity Chaplain), host Diocesan Chaplain Msgr. Greg Ohagwu, Fr. Prof. Simon Anyanwu (Chancellor Okigwe Diocese), and Diocesan…

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Seeks 6-Year Single Term for President, Governors

Ekwueme Square Declaration 2018

  Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural umbrella of Ndigbo, has called for the adoption of a six-year rotational single tenure for the president and governors of 36 states in the country. It also demanded creation of one additional state in the South-East geo-political zone, scrapping of local government system and resource control for states where natural resources were exploited These were some highlights of the resolutions tagged, “Ekwueme Square Declaration 2018”, which members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo reached during their one-day summit in Awka on Monday. Charles Soludo, the Chairman, Planning and Strategy Committee and Organising Committee, read out the resolutions. Prof….

Pope Francis names 14 new Cardinals

  Pope Francis has elevated 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal, picking candidates who work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor. Making the surprise announcement during his weekly Sunday address, the pope said the new cardinals came from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Iraq, Pakistan, Japan, Madagascar, Peru, Mexico and Bolivia. They will be given their traditional red hats at a ceremony known as a consistory on June 29. Eleven of the group are under 80, the age limit for entering…

DOUBLE TRAGEDY: Herdsmen kill Mourners returning from Benue Mass Burial

cattle colony

  Herdsmen hit Benue State again on Tuesday killing people returning from mass Burial. Sources hinted that the deceased met their untimely death along the Makurdi-Naka road DAILY POST gathered that the attackers ambushed their victims and slaughtered them along Naka-Makurdi road. Among the victims were Ayange Tyoban, Ukeyima Azonngu and Ajuju Torgbende. A source told our reporter that the victims, who were on a motorcycle, were slaughtered while coming back from Makurdi, after the burial of the two Catholic priests and 17 others worshippers killed last month by the same herdsmen. It should be recalled that 72 Benue indigenes…

Ndonu! Imo Pensioners Ndonu!!

Imo Pensioners with the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri

– Archbishop Obinna consoles retirees as they storm Assumpta Cathedral   After exhausting all avenues to draw the attention of Imo State Government to their plights, pensioners in Imo State on Sunday May 20, stormed Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to seek spiritual solution.   Welcoming the pensioners to the Cathedral, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri consoled them saying, ndonu! Ndi pension ndonu!   The prelate also condoled with them on the death of many of their colleagues who passed on without receiving neither pension nor gratuity. The Archbishop however reminded those alive that “it is God…

St Michael’s Amakohia fetes Okpala Seminary on Pentecost

  That the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles marked a watershed in the history of Christendom is no longer a bone of contention. The nagging issue among biblical scholars remains the manner at which the name of the Holy Spirit has been bastardized among Christian adherents. To this effect, Rev. Fr. Hipolitus Onyema has reminded Christians that the Pentecost experience was a show of love and oneness of God, and not something that should be abused and misused. He warned people of unscrupulous mindset who he said hid under the cloak of religion to desist from misplacing…

FUTO holds Int’l Conference on Gender, Health and Sustainable Development

A four-day international conference with the theme: “Gender, Health and Sustainable Development”, was recently organized by the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWOGDs), Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). The conference which was the seventh in the series, had the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis C. Eze as chief host and his wife, Dr. Mrs. Egejuru Eze, Director of FUTO Farms Ltd and also President of FUTOWA as the special guest of honour. The conference was held at IWOGDs building FUTO on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. The lead paper presenters were, Dr. (Mrs.) E.A. Nzeribe, Chief Consultant OB/GN Federal Medical…

When Ignorance is Blessed

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The notion of the Trinity only makes sense in the light of faith as it infinitely transcends the rational grasp of the human intellect. The Church solemnly teaches that: “In God there are three Divine Persons, really distinct and equal in all things, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” The Trinity and the Incarnation are two concepts that distinguish Christianity from other world religions. We can only explain what the doctrine is but not the mystery itself. As St Thomas Aquinas says, “we cannot know what God is, but rather what He is not, we have no means for…

I’ll not leave APC for gold-diggers – Okorocha

  …You’re drowning man – Chris Anyanwu Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has vowed not to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC), for gold-diggers because no landlord leaves his house for unfaithful tenants, claiming to be one of the founders of APC in the state. He said when he took the mainstream of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to join the merger that gave birth to APC, he was not under any pressure to do so, adding that he even made the move at the risk of his second tenure as governor. Governor Okorocha, who said this in a…

President Trump Cancels Summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

  President Donald Trump will not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month as planned. He announced this in a letter to Kim released by the White House Thursday morning, scrapping plans for what would have been a historic diplomatic summit. CNN reports that in an appearance from the Roosevelt Room the decision amounted to a “tremendous setback” and warned North Korea that the US military is ready to act should Pyongyang take any “foolish and reckless” action. “Our military, which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world that has been greatly enhanced recently as…

The Power of Protests

Lagos Archdiocese

  In the civilized world, protests work. Peaceful protests constitute a veritable and potent tool for expressing grievances, demonstrating strong dissent, disapproval of something or a readiness to resist an unacceptable status quo. Protests give very strong signal of the people’s frame of mind. They capture people’s mood about how disappointed or disgruntled they are with a prevailing or impending issues. How the government responds to protests sends clear message of its sense of responsibility and leadership. How seriously it takes protests shows how much it values those it governs. If those in government were truly elected through the people’s…

From Hateful Divide to Caring Concern: Nigeria’s Leadership Challenge

A Heartfelt Message as Nigeria mourns and buries the priests and lay persons murdered in a church by Herdsmen/Terrorists in Benue State on 24th April 2018. Merciful Saviour, hear our humble prayer For all your servants passed beyond life’s call Though sin has touched them, Yet their weakness spare O grant them pardon, Jesus Saviour blest And give their spirits light and endless rest As we the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria met with Pope Francis in Rome on the 26th April 2018 on our official working visit, it was with downcast spirits and deep sorrow that we did so. For…

Homosexual manifestation of the clash of Indo-European and African civilizations

  When people talk of the clash of civilizations, they tend to refer to the clash of factions of Abrahamic civilizations (Arabo-Islamism and Judeo-Christianity), anchored on shared worldview. Though real, this clash is not as pure as the clash of African and Indo-European civilizations, which are anchored on totally different worldviews. In recent years, nothing has manifested this African and Indo-European civilizational clash as homosexuality. The Africa Policy of President Barack Obama; first African-American President of the United States, ended in a fiasco because of clash over homosexuality. Both of his Secretaries of State; Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, somehow,…

Chukwunyere Parish Egbema celebrates 49 years … As it counts down to golden jubilee

  Christ’s faithful at Chukwunyere Catholic Parish Mmahu in the Ohaji – Egbema LGA, last Sunday, May 20, 2018, celebrated their Parish Day. The occasion, according to the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Moses Anuna, was designed to give a foretaste of what to expect next year (2019) when the church will go full blast to celebrate its golden Jubilee as a parish. This year’s celebration featured: mini fund launch in aid of the parish through sale of three large size holy pictures of the Sacred Heart, Divine Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary. There were offertory processions/donations, march pass by…

KSM: Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council inaugurated …Archbishop Obinan tasks members on missionary zeal

  As part of efforts to immortalize the life and times of Rt. Rev. Dr. Mark Onwuha Unegbu, first Nigerian Bishop of Owerri Diocese whose Episcopal duties traversed the breath and corners of Imo state and beyond, a sub-council of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM), Owerri Metro has been inaugurated with the name: Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council. The inauguration ceremony which took place at St. Mulumba Catholic Church premises Owerri, Saturday May19 featured among other things Bishop Unegbu life and time, commissioning of officers, unveiling of the sub-council directory and award of honor to distinguished members of the Order….

Police deny manhunt on journalist that released IGP’s Transmission video

  It was earlier reported that a Liberty Television journalist, Aminu Nurudeen, suspected to have posted the viral video showing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, struggling to read a speech at a public event in Kano, has gone into hiding. According to reports, the Kano State Police Command invited the reporter to its office immediately the video went viral. Now the Kano state police command has released a press statement to that effect. Read below: “The attention of Kano State Police Command is drawn to trending headlines in some national dailies and online Media that the ” Police…

22 Years after, Supreme Court Acquits Otokoto Suspect

    The Supreme Court on Friday discharged and acquitted, Alban Ajaegbu, one of the accused in the celebrated case of the ritual killing of an 11-year-old boy, Ikechukuwu Okoronkwo, in 1996 in Owerri, Imo.   The killing of the boy, a hawker, jolted Owerri, stoking riot and destructions by enraged residents that lasted for days in the city.   In her lead judgment, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, held that the circumstantial evidence relied on to convict and sentence the appellant by the lower courts was not sufficient.   “It must be restated here that the appellant was charged with murder…