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May 21, 2018

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…

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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…

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Courage, Be Not Afraid!

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

A Pastoral Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province Issued at the End of their First Plenary Meeting held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, from the 17th to 18th January, 2017   Preamble We the Catholic Bishops of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province held our First Plenary Meeting of the year at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, from January 17th to 18th, 2017. Having deliberated on a number of pastoral and social issues affecting our people and nation, we issue the following Pastoral Statement to express our concern and solidarity with you our people.   Gratitude to God…

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The “Nigerian God” – The talkative “god”

I posted this idea a couple of days ago on my Facebook timeline. Now, I have decided to give it a much wider readership so that more people may share my worries on this matter. It should worry any decent Nigerian that “God” (or better, the “Nigerian God”) has become NOTORIOUSLY TALKATIVE. [In this piece, I shall consistently use “It” to address this “God”]. Yes, the Nigerian “God” is too TALKATIVE for my liking! It speaks every day, especially of less important issues. It provides daily suggestions about the need to ‘cancel’ a bad dream people had the previous night….

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Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great …Elsewhere in America (2)

“THE GREAT!” WHY? We can read their history to know why they deserved such a rare merit award: “The Great”. A few examples can serve: (a) Pope Saint Gregory I (c. 540 – 12 March 604), commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, pope of the Catholic Church, is famous for instigating the first recorded large-scale mission from Rome to convert a pagan people to Christianity.  Gregory is also well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope. He is also known as the Great Visionary of Modern Educational System, for…

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The Islamisation of Nigeria: Is It Real?

To answer either in the positive or negative, one has to go down memory lane. Prior to 1914, there was no country called Nigeria. But in 1914, Lord Frederick Lugard amalgamated the northern and southern protectorates. A British journalist, Dame Flora Louise Shaw (1852-1929), who later became Lady Lugard named the amalgamation Nigeria, a name that Lord Lugard happily adopted. The brouhaha over President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement at a press conference in Germany in the presence of Angela Markel Chancellor of Germany and one of the respected leaders of the free world that “his wife belongs to the kitchen, living…

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Praying for a better future at this New Year

Today human race joins the company of angels and saints in stepping boldly into the year 2017 amidst confusion issuing from a troubled world and groaning humanity. We are celebrating a new year in a world in which brutality has become humanity’s daily portion. Overlooking the sad situation of things in Imo State and in Nigeria one stretches his imagination unto France, Syria, Iraq and Iran, unto Ukraine, Pakistan, the United States of America, Mexico and other human locations unknown to the modern Media. In all these places, confusion stands tall. Here in Nigeria, the situation is worse than ever….

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Pensions – Getting it Right

Retirement in other countries may be a thing of joy, a time to settle and rest after having worked for many years, but not in Nigeria. The abuse of pensions and pensioners makes it a frightening experience for any worker to retire. Only those who have amassed wealth, Nigerian style, are safe in retirement and retire happily.  The problem has been ongoing and is not limited to any state. It is a manifestation of the overall national decay. However, what we are witnessing in Imo state now is a problem gone terribly worse. Those who invented pensions and pension schemes…

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In imitation of Christ

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

As the Universal Church reverts to the Ordinary Time in her liturgical calendar, our Lord Jesus is offered to the world as the Light to the nations, and the One who takes away the sins of the world. Both descriptions accentuate the messianic character of Christ’s ministry. As Light to the nations, he dispels the darkness of sin and division, shining through the entire cosmos and illumining our path back to the Father. As the Lamb of God, he offers himself to be bruised and battered for the sake of a broken humanity and a sin-riddled world. Thus, today, we…

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Between Gov Okorocha & Archbishop Obinna

On Wednesday December 14, 2016, the Imo State Chief Executive, Owelle Rochas Okorocha took out time to take swipe on the Owerri Metropolitan Prelate of the Catholic Ecclesiastical Province, Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna for expressing his concern on the plight of his flock, the children of God who have been under subjugation over the years especially the elder statesmen and women who have been condemned to imminent death through hunger and starvation occasioned by non-payment of their monthly emoluments, spanning between 12 to 33 months arrears of pension. The Governor in his capacity had threatened to pull the Archbishop down…

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Young Nigerian Leaders Inspire Hope

Hope came alive for Nigeria at a recent conference in Owerri, Imo State Capital, when 47 young, bright, hard working, confident and thinking university students stood up for a better and responsible nation. These are Emerging Nigerian Leaders (ENLs) who attended a two-day Emerging Nigerian Leaders Foundation Conference (December 16 – 18), as part of their three-year nurturing programme under the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, INC (CSAAEINC). Among other things, the youths showcased over 25 innovative Community Development Projects inspired and supported by the Centre.   ELP Community Projects aim at providing ethical and innovative solutions to…

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Catholic Doctors warn Gov Okorocha on Workers’ wages and pensions

In recent exchanges directed at His Grace AJV Obinna,  Governor Rochas Okorocha has demonstrated total disrespect and ignorance of what the Holy Catholic Church stands for. We will refer him to the Bible passage in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” His Grace AJV Obinna has demonstrated exemplary defence of the weak and defenceless in our society born out of misrule, corruption and poor governance. We the Church militants stand very firmly behind His Grace AJV…

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New Year, Time for change

Exactly a week ago, people all over the world celebrated the first day of yet another brand new year, 2017. It took a form of a  universal feast, celebrated by people of all creeds and races and was  marked with a lot of excitement, emotion and expectations. It is all about positive wishes and prayers for a better tomorrow, as usually expressed in the numerous New Year text messages that have come to replace Christmas and New Year greeting cards. Such messages are simply embodiments of expectations of better socio-economic and political changes. Every New Year, both individuals and corporate…

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Following the Star!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

On this day, we commemorate the Epiphany of the Lord – the revelation of God the Son to the Gentiles. It’s a day to sing and rejoice in celebration of God’s faithfulness over the ages.  The Lord has delivered on his promise to send us his Messiah and to make him the centre of humanity. In the First Reading, the Lord promises to lead all nations to Jerusalem to partake in the light of salvation: “everyone in Sheba will come, bringing gold and incense and singing the praises of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6). This promise is echoed in the Responsorial…

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What is Christmas to you?

Christmas as its name implies is the period or season for merriments and joy. It is celebrated all over the world especially by the Christians, because it is the remembrance of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Church of Christ teaches. It is associated with a lot of good things and deeds. To some part of the International communities like USA, Britain, Rome, and many others, it is associated with Carol songs called Christmas Carol which are traditionally songs of Christmas itself and full of funny consequences aimed at producing funny stories to make people happy and…

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Women, youths need to be engaged meaningfully through mechanized agriculture – Hon. Onwudiwe

It is gradually and steadily becoming obvious to every Nigerian that one of the most pitiable feats in the annals of the nation’s calendar since Independence was the nonchalant attitude and neglect the oil boom of the 70s brought to agriculture. And till this day, unarguably this ugly state of affairs has continued to take toll on the psyche of many, especially the youths. Despite the alarming rate of unemployment in the country, not many of them want to take up agriculture as a profession. Good number of them do not even think it is a worthwhile venture. They still…

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Practicing Agriculture on television and air-conditioned rooms

From time immemorial agriculture has been the provider of food for man’s existence and sustenance. When agriculture was discovered (or invented|) in ancient times, it made the primitive man, the wandering man, the gatherer, the hunter, to settle at a place and invent other things that led to advancement and development of his environment. He produced sufficient food for himself and his family. His surplus was exchanged for things he lacked and trade by barter began. Hunger, the greatest weapon of mass destruction, and enemy of progress, thus vanished or was reduced to the barest minimum and food security, (often…

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True Father Christmas is Bishop St. Nicholas

For centuries the world over, the true Christian image and custom of Father Christmas have become blurred and even lost due to a certain misidentification and diversionary practice by some Western European traditions. Like some other Christian traditions (e.g., St. Valentine), there is need to set matters aright, to correct errors and restore facts. All efforts must be done by us Christians to understand our genuine Christian traditions, and to practise and propagate them properly. The dominant popular image and action of Father Christmas remain distant from the authentic religious personality who animates and models the Christian tradition of Father…

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The Nigeria of Sub-Standards

Though the phenomenon of fake and adulterated products has always been there, the situation has worsened over the past 15years. There had never been such a growing culture of sub-standard products and services as is the case now but unfortunately, our people seem to be settling down to it. It is no exaggeration to state that Nigerian markets are flooded with sub-standard goods of every kind as there is hardly any original product anywhere. Whether one is talking about electronics; clothing/textiles or even food and beverages, the story is of the same, – fake products manufactured in China everywhere. It…

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Agriculture: A Panacea to the economic recess in Nigeria Department Of Fisheries And Aquaculture Technology, FAT FUTO

Agriculture as defined by Merriam Webster (1828) means the science and art of farming including the work of cultivating the soil, producing crops, planting forest plants/tress, rearing livestock and fishes. It is also a productive essence through the free gift of nature where land, light, air, temperature, rainwater, humidity are potentially harnessed for secondary products like crop plants,fruits, wool, hide and lacand animal to provide end products such asmeat, milk, eggs, honey, etc. Extensively, agriculture provides us abundant food driving out famine, factories creating employment, economic earning for production, education, use of equipment, preservation,a free and fresh environment, transport and…

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