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May 21, 2018

THE INVASION OF IGBOLAND BY NIGERIAN ARMY – A RIDICULOUS MISSION

The Invasion of Igboland by Nigerian Army – A Ridiculous Mission

Nathaniel I. NDIOKWERE  Preamble NIGERIA NOT A ZOO, BUT A JUNGLE You come to the above conclusion, without much reflection when you consider absurdities that one finds “Only in Nigeria!”. Just one example: “NIGERIA’S UNITY IS NOT NEGOTIABLE!” And this testament was written and signed by two people, BUHARI and OJUKWU, and this time the venue was not ABURI, in GHANA, but in KATSINA, NORTHERN NIGERIA! The implication of this two-man agreement is that anyone that tampers with the sacred accord, the testament, must be ruthlessly deal with! Wow! Recently, Philip Omenukwa, a young Nigerian writer, in a fine article…

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A Call For Diversification Of Our “Mission Economy” In the face of the Islamic Agenda

An Open Letter to Nigerian Bishops, Church Leaders, CBCN, CAN: By Nathaniel I. NDIOKWERE  MY LORD BISHOPS AND CHURCH ELDERS! Preamble I have no intention whatsoever of raising false alarm because this story is not new in Nigeria. Right from the times of Ottoman Dan Fodio, the Islamic Agenda of  Nigerian government, pre-and-post civil war, did not limit its goal to the conquest of the Northern region of the nation, and perhaps, too the SW. The ultimate goal was to ‘dip the Koran into the (South-South) sea’, in short to over-run the whole Nigeria state, and declare Nigeria “An Islamic…

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Ban on Commuter Tricycles

The ban slammed on the operation of commercial tricycles popularly known as keke in Owerri, Imo State capital by the state government could be said to have been ill-timed. Imolites are still reeling under the pangs of economic recession compounded by forceful demolition and relocation of Ekeukwu Owerri Market on 26th August, 2017 which has seen thousands of traders displaced only for government to foist another hardship-induced policy on them last week through this obnoxious ban. The ban is certainly ill-timed even as it is anti-masses. There are no fewer than 20,000 keke operators who eke their living by ferrying…

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Serving as “Useful Idiots”

Serving As Useful Idiots

An idiot is a pin-headed stupid fool, an imbecile or ignoramus. He is just like an ass, a donkey or a moron who cannot think; naive, helpless and susceptible to manipulations by somebody for the person’s advantage, interest and purpose. When a person is manipulated to destroy his own worth, to act against his people or is made serviceable and proficient to achieve a goal against his people, he becomes a useful idiot. It is a term formulated by Vladimir Lenin. “A useful idiot is someone who supports one side of an ideological debate, who is manipulated and held in…

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NEW JAMB CUT-OFF MARKS

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) last month announced a reduction in the cut-off marks for admissions into tertiary institutions in the country. Candidates with 120 can now sit for the UTME of universities, while those with 100 are qualified for the polytechnics and colleges of Education. The new policy, which takes off this academic session, replaces the previous 180 and 165 points JAMB recommended respectively. The examination body explained that the new directive was the outcome of a crucial meeting it held with stakeholders in education, and was meant to make admission process more flexible since the senate…

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Losing our sense of sin

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

In 1973, the renowned American psychiatrist, Dr Karl Menninger wrote a book titled “Whatever Became of Sin?”  In it, he laments the disappearance of the notion of sin, not only from everyday life but even from the pulpit. Dr Menninger invites the clergy to call a sin a sin because, he argues, without personal acceptance and resolution of guilt, and the accompanying pain and personal shame, there is no hope. The author is convinced that sin is still prominently responsible for present situation of humanity but we have chosen to rename and often dignify it. We no longer call it…

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Removing Ekeukwu Owerri

The Owelle Rochas Okorocha – led Imo State Government, eight days ago, Saturday August 26, 2017 made good its threat to forcelly relocate the century-old Owerri Ancestral market (Ekeukwu Owerri) to a new site at Egbeada in the Mbaitoli LGA. Residents of Owerri, the Imo State capital woke up that morning to deafening gunshots, cries of anguish and lamentations. As early as 4am on that fateful day, government bulldozers had started mowing down buildings and shops at the market along Douglas Road. Although the State Government had long said that traders who failed to remove their wares from the market…

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Drowning in filth: An environmental calamity in Nigeria (2)

Read the Previous – Part 1 The soft refuse could be recycled into fertilizers and organic manures while the plastic bottles and sachets all over the gutters and places could be converted and recycles into intermediate industrial products. This could offer a lot of employment opportunities and encourage revenue generation if the government has the will. Here a task force is an imperative. Clean up days in the month should be a national affair announced and enforced for Tenants, Landlords, men, women and children reminiscent of the war against indiscipline. Each street must have sanitation and hygiene officers who will…

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Drowning in filth: An environmental calamity in Nigeria (1)

Visions and policy statements on the environment have continued to attract a lot of attention in Nigerian politics in recent times. It is common knowledge that Nigerians take everything for granted in a society ruined by interest groups that have continued to rear their ugly head to simply attract executive attention. An attempt to save Nigeria from drowning in filth is aimed at a clean environment. Any attempt to keep Nigeria clean is based on the following premises: Health is wealth Cleanliness is next to Godliness Cleanliness is a precursor to health and longevity Prevention is better than cure In…

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THE IGBO QUIT NOTICE: MATTERS ARISING (2)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

Read the previous – Part 1 IGBO QUIT NOTICE The Igbo quit notice is like a pilot scheme subtly let out to test the mood and evaluate the implication before the implementation of the actual plan. It is worthy of note that the Arewa youth’s action has the support not only  of the Northern Elders Forum(NEF), but of prominent northern leaders like Professor Ango Abdullahi and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. For some of us, the stage had been set quite long ago. Is it not absolutely inconceivable in a democracy in the twenty-first century that President Muhammadu Buhari would take…

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THE IGBO QUIT NOTICE: MATTERS ARISING (1)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

POLICE ACTION The independence of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria was proclaimed on May 30, 1967, by Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu after he cited a variety of malevolent acts on Ndi Igbo by the North namely: the pogrom that claimed over thirty thousand lives; the federal government’s failure to ensure the safety of Igbos in the presence of organised genocide; and the direct incrimination of government in the murders of its own citizens. The proclamation had the full backing of the Eastern House Constituent Assembly. Consequently, the war began. The Nigerian government led by Yakubu Gowon said that it would…

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Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lecture Series, 22 years after

Odenigbo 2017

Next, Saturday, the 2nd day of September 2017, all Christ faithful in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri will in joyful reunion with their sons, daughters, friends and well-wishers from within and outside Nigeria, gather at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to celebrate this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan day. The Owerri Archdiocesan day is an annual festivity which primarily recalls the 1994 elevation of the Catholic Diocese of Owerri to an Archdiocese and ultimately to the status of metropolitan See within the Owerri Ecclesiastical province. Over time, the renowned Odenigbo lecture – “NkuziOhanaEze,” scripted and delivered in Igbo Language has turned out…

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THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

“But who do you say that I am?” This question resonates in the heart of a young person struggling with concupiscence and the glamour of sin. It’s a question that whispers in the minds of a couple striving to keep the right balance in their relationship. The question is pondered by the widow or single mum struggling to provide for her young children, not knowing where the next meal will come from. It is a question contemplated by the public servant faced with the challenge of serving with integrity even as everyone else seems to be stealing with impunity. The…

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Now our President is back

President Buhari’s return to the country has renewed hope in an otherwise hopeless situation.  All the doubts, fears and speculations have arguably been put to rest, at least for now. The President is here! Thanks to the UK doctors who have given him the okay to come back home and resume work.   Nevertheless, it is obvious that President Buhari’s long absence has taken its toll on the nation, its people, politics and economy. It has created loopholes, rumours and left several unanswered questions. Although we do not and have never doubted the competence of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who has…

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That anti-Igbo hate song

With less than five weeks to the expiration of the October 1, deadline for the quit notice, issued to all Igbos residing in the North, by the Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY) to leave that region or risk the destruction of their lives and property, the anxiety and tension which that ultimatum generated in the land, is being aggravated by yet an anti-Igbo hate song which has gone viral.   The promoters of this hate song, composed in Hausa Language have no other purpose than to prepare the Northern masses ahead of the October deadline, for eviction and slaughter of…

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THE CRUMBS OF FAITH

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

This week, Jesus invites us to break down the barriers of separation and discrimination, in order to embrace the universal fraternity of all mankind under one God and Father of all. He has just gone into the pagan territory of Tyre and Sidon, where he meets a woman in desperate need of help for her critically ill daughter. Out of extreme anxiety, the woman breaks social convention to approach Jesus: a) As a woman she was not supposed to speak to a man in public; and b) She was not only a Gentile but also from an area hostile to…

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VIRAL HEPATITIS: THE SILENT KILLER

Viral hepatitis is one of the leading killers across the globe, causing about 80% of cancer-related deaths and matching a death toll equivalent to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or tuberculosis (TB). At the early stages, the disease is symptom-free, but types B and C can trigger liver cirrhosis and cancer at the later stages if untreated. Data from the World Health Organization estimates that worldwide, 325 million people are living with Hepatitis B or C and between 130 to 150 million people globally have chronic Hepatitis C infection. The interesting thing about viral etiology of hepatitis isthat only few people…

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Housing Estate at Orji Mechanic Village

Mechanic villages are usually located in uninhabited areas allocated by government to serve as automobile repair workshops. Many illegal sites are located within the Owerri metropolis and these constitute an environmental hazard to the populace. Most mechanic villages are located within the urban centres and in the course of performing their services to the people, they produce a lot of wastes both liquid, solid and gaseous some of which are harmful to both human and the environment.   Heavy metals such as Nickel, Zinc, Lead, Copper etc are some of the examples of liquid wastes that are produced in such…

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Celebrating St. John Mary Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests & Parishioners

 (Feast Day, August 4th, 2017) _________________________ August 4th, 2017 is the Feast day of St. John Mary Vianney, Patron Saint of priests and parishioners. St. John Mary Vianney was a model of priestly virtues, a priest who lived what he preached. In the Encyclical of Pope John XXIII on St. John Mary Vianney, we learnt that he was posted by his Bishop to a remote village, Ars in France. The village had a population of 230 people. Before he left for his posting, his Bishop warned him that in Ars, religious practice was in a sorry state and that there…

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All For One Thing

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today, our Lord uses more parables to explain the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven. It is such a priceless treasure that anyone who is wise would eagerly give up everything else to possess it. A farm worker stumbles on a hidden treasure and hides it again. He then sells all his possessions to acquire the plot of land in order to gain the hidden treasure. And suddenly, he is liberated from poverty and uncertainty, and now lives a fulfilled life. A hardworking merchant, after many years of fortune hunting, finally lands a pearl of great price. His life is…

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