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May 21, 2018

Reflecting on the Feast of All Saints

On the 1st day of November every year, the Church all over the world celebrates the feast of all the saints in heaven. On this day, we honour these spiritual heroes both the ones known and those of them who could not receive public recognition in the liturgical set up of the Church like mine and your grand and great grandfather. But those of them unclaimed by men owing to human limitations have been sainted by God in heaven. This great Christian feast was introduced by Pope Gregory the fourth who reigned from December 827 to January 844. On this…

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Immunization: National Security, Challenges and Way Forward

Immunization: National Security, Challenges and Way Forward

IMMUNIZATION refers to the process of conferring protection to a person against a disease or medical condition, by exposing the person to the causative organism in whole or in part, killed or attenuated or genetically engineered. Immunization can also result from actual exposure to the disease. The aim is to stimulate the body defence system against the particular disease, in the event the person gets subsequent exposure. Immunization is a major breakthrough in the field of medicine, and has inestimable benefits to humankind. It has resulted in individual and National growth and security by prevention of unnecessary deaths and promotion…

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Before my Obituary: Now I Believe

“It is appointed unto man to die and after death judgment”. Let us therefore remember that “the disobedience of Adam and Eve at the garden of Eden led to their banishment and death which has affected all their descendants forever”. Applying the historical and genetic principle to all that exists, we shall feel free to examine any mortal object or phenomenon at all stages of its rise, growth, heyday, maturity, decline and finally demise. This is an exercise in futility as this is the way of all flesh and everyman all through the ages. There is no known and identifiable…

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MONKEY POX

monkey pox spread

Monkey pox is one disease that is being surrounded with so much superstition and controversy. Precisely on the 11th day of October 2017, schools, including nursery, primary and secondary, were forced to close down in the southeastern part of the country, when rumors spread like wild fire that some group of persons were moving about from school to school, in company of soldiers armed with AK 47, forcing children to take an immunization which would later cause them to breakout with a dreaded disease called the monkey pox. So how did this rumor start? Few days earlier, some group of…

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The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The aggravation of hostility between the federal government and the popular liberation organization, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA  seeking a referendum by peaceful means, did not come as a surprise to anyone. Indeed one of the cardinal principles of the Organization, remains non violence. Over the years, successive Nigerian governments have repeatedly stated that the territorial integrity of Nigeria is not negotiable. This by implication means that no nation within the Nation state can exit while the structural imbalances , corrupt leadership, and regional marginalisation  remain intolerable. This is bound to create tension and dissent and that is exactly what happened…

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The state of Imo Roads

The state of Imo Roads

For some time now, the Imo State Government has embarked on massive urban roads rehabilitation programme. Virtually, every major road in Owerri, the state capital, as well as Orlu and Okigwe has been part of this programme, either by total resurfacing or just fixing of some failed portions. The project is quite commendable. Urban renewal is necessary, in order to make our roads passable, create more access routes and de-congest the major ones. Obviously, this was what led to the demolition of the Ekeukwu Owerri, the ancestral market of the core Owerri community, the Owere Nchi Ise. All this is…

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Nose bleeding or Epistaxis

Nose bleeding

Epistaxis is a medical term for nose bleeding, a phenomenon that is quite common, frightening, but most often, not life threatening and it will most times stop on its own. Many a times, it is recurrent. The nose is made up of two nostrils and a nose bridge. The inner part of the nose which receives its blood supply from different blood vessels coming from inside and outside the skull, is divided into two halves by a nasal septum and each nostril is covered by mucous membrane. At the nasal septum, some blood vessels come together to form a sort…

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Nigeria on the edge of a precipice (1)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

PREAMBLE Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus was the Emperor of Rome from 54 to 68 AD. His name at birth was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. Nero was so notoriously cruel and depraved that he ingloriously earned the first position in the world book of infamy listing the seven most wicked men. He unleashed a reign of persecution on Christians. History stated that a conflagration erupted within the confines of the Palatine and Celius of Rome and ravaged the city for six days and seven nights. Nero blamed Christians for the fire. The cruelty visited on those that the wicked Emperor held…

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Serving As Useful Idiots (2)

Serving As Useful Idiots

We already know who a “useful idiot” is. He is somebody who allows himself to be manipulated and used as a willing tool to achieve another’s interest, and at the same time disregarded or held in contempt. He is one who defends an ideology he is not fully aware of. With due respect to whoever, it is quite obvious that traces of useful idiots are not unobserved among religious leaders; Bishops, Priests, Pastors, Overseers, Evangelists and what have you. Also included are some traditional rulers, chiefs and teaching representatives of different categories (Lecturers, Professors, etc.). Certain things can make one…

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NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY; WHEN NOT TO CELEBRATE

NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY

By Charles Ogbu For Nigeria as a country, the clause “Independence Day Celebration” is an oxymoronic expression because the truth is, Nigeria IS NOT independent in any way. Not politically, not economically, not even spiritually and certainly not physically. Where is the independence? Colonialism, which is an euphemism for slavery, never really ended in Nigeria. It only got repackaged in such a way that the slaves now see their chains, not as an obstacle but a beautiful bracelet. They sing and dance in a deceitful sense of freedom even when they are anything but free. And this is why enthroning…

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Protests and democracy

The International Community recognizes protests as a legitimate instrument for fostering democracy. Protests assumed a greater significance since the end of the Second World War in 1945, when colonized people and various other groups under one form of subjugation or another began to rise to the challenge .They became aware that the sole interest of those in power is to maintain the status quo and if not brought under serious pressure, would never work for the common good. The awareness so created informed the drafting of the highly revered International Charter on Human Rights to which every member country of…

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The Militarized Government of Imo State (1)

Of all the different types of government, Nigeria has experimented on only two, namely: Democracy and Militocracy, which she has been practicing interchangeaby since independence in 1960. Democracy is from 1960-1966; 1979-1983; 1999 – till date while the other occupies the periods in-between. The Military Government Style This is unique, dynamic and full of regimentation. It goes with the highest degree of obedience or compliance to the command of the authority. Its motto is “Obey before Complain”. It rules by fiat and things are done or achieved without delay. The civilians are not consulted before policies are made. They are…

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Praying for Peace

Praying for Peace

A 31- day special prayer and fasting to be observed by all Catholics throughout the Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical Provinces (covering the five South Eastern States) kicks off today, October 1. This directive was given by the Catholic Bishops of the two provinces after their meeting at Onitsha on September 20. Their reason: “Given the current state of uneasiness and tension in our five Igbo states and in all Nigeria, we the Catholic Bishops of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical Provinces, have decided to seek God’s special intervention through a prolonged prayer for peace and fasting from evil, food and drinks”….

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Moin-moin cooked in nylon could cause cancer, expert warns

Moin-moin cooked in nylon could cause cancer, expert warns

John Tehinse, a dietician, has warned people against cooking moin-moin and other foods in nylons or cellophane bags as it produced dioxins, a toxic substance that causes cancer. Tehinse gave the warning  in Ilorin at an awareness campaign on food safety organised by the Food Safety Awareness Campaign Initiatives, funded by the European Union. Moin-moin is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding made from a mixture of washed and peeled black-eyed peas, onions and fresh ground peppers. It is a protein-rich, staple food in Nigeria and has its origin in West Africa. In his lecture, he explained that cooking moin-moin, a…

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WHY ALL THE ENVY?

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today, we are challenged on the dangers of envy! We are called to always appreciate the gifts and talents of others, and to be content with what we have. How easily can we see ourselves as better and more deserving of God’s favours, while undermining others. Jesus is emphatic in today’s Gospel: “The last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16). Those of us already living a life of grace should not rejoice over those still struggling because we may be shocked in the end to discover that some of those we look down on today…

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Mental illness presenting after child birth

Mental illness presenting after child birth

Sometime ago, we read about a woman who killed the only two children she had after having had a quarrel with her husband, prior to the incident. The younger of the two children was 4 months old. Could this be due to a mental illness presenting after child birth? There are different mental illnesses that could set in after the delivery of a child and they include – post partum or maternity blues; post partum or post natal depression; puerperal psychosis, also known as post partum or postnatal psychosis, and post partum or post natal anxiety disorders. Postnatal blues:- This…

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Questions and Answers on Management of old age

Questions and Answers on Management of old age

  Q1. Who is considered as old? Ans: It is said that 40 is the old age of youth and 50 is the youth of old age. In Nigeria, the government considers a civil servant as old when the person is 55 years old and so is made to retire. In the US, this is not enforced. A person works as long as he/she wants and is capable. In the human life cycle, after a person reaches adulthood, the next stage of life is the senescence period. This is, the period between old age and death. We also hear or…

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Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

Until recently, the task of fighting crime was regarded by most Nigerians as none of their business. They believed that since security agents are paid to combat crime, the common man should not be bothered. People only get perturbed when they are personally involved. For that reason, providing the police with helpful tips that could lead to the apprehension of culprits was not popular. Fortunately, in recent times, things have changed for the better, especially in Imo State. This innovation and strategy has started to pay off. Recent activities by the police in apprehending those who murdered Rev. Fr. Cyriacus…

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As October 1 draws near

As October 1 draws near

Conventionally, October 1 means the first day of the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. And ironically, it is the month of the introduction of the calendar by Pope Gregory (X111) in 1582. For some, it is their birthday, or perhaps pertains to some joyous occasion in their lives. But for the SouthEasterners, particularly the Igbos in northern parts of Nigeria, October 1 has lots of negative and apprehensive implications.   In the interest of the international community, and for those ignorant of the ugly developments in Nigeria, the Northern Youth Forum met in one of the…

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The Divine Data Bundle

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

One of the main features of today’s media technology is the issue of data. The amount of data available to us determines how much and how long we can work or play on the internet. Currently, many of the service providers do offer unlimited data plans but, as experience shows, those “unlimited” plans are not always unlimited. In many cases, your download speed gets throttled down when you cross a certain point. Today, however, Jesus gives us the unlimited plan par excellence. Unlike our telecommunications companies, Jesus’ unlimited offer is real and without a shadow of doubt, and that is…

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