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May 27, 2018

WE ARE LEPERS

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) was one of the most dreaded (and most rampant) diseases in Ancient Israel. It rendered the sufferers unclean – unfit to participate in the social and liturgical life of the nation. For fear of contagion, the victims were isolated from the rest of the community. They carried a stigma, with little love or acceptance, and no enjoyment of ordinary human companionship. They were completely stripped of their human dignity, like persons living with HIV/AIDS are still discriminated against in many parts of the world today. Leprosy would usually rot one’s extremities – nose, lips, fingers, toes, etc.,…

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The Purpose of Politics And The 2015 Elections (4)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

According to a special report on the computation of the privileges and remunerations of members of the National Assembly, it will take a minimum wage earner 1,638 years to earn what a national Assembly Senator earns in a year: The details of the remuneration of an average Nigerian Senator is detailed below: Basic Salary (B.S) – N2 484 245.50 Hardship Allowance (50 per cent of B.S) – N1 242 122.70 Constituency Allowance (200 per cent of B.S) – N4 968 509.00 Newspapers Allowance (50 per cent of B.S) – N1 242 122.70 Wardrobe Allowance (25 per cent of B.S) –…

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CALLED TO PREACH

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

In our Gospel today the disciples come to Jesus the morning after a spectacularly successful day in their ministry. Jesus’s fame was at an all-time high. His preaching was a huge success. He dramatically expelled a demon right in the middle of the synagogue. Then he spent the entire evening of the Sabbath working miraculous cures and amazing exorcisms. The next morning, his disciples must have been wild with excitement – looking forward to another day of splendid performances. And so, when they awoke to find him gone from the house, with a growing crowd of town people clamoring to…

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The Purpose of Politics and the 2015 Elections (3)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The purpose of the feudal Northern politicians on the hand in Nigerian politics is not primarily, to further the common good of all Nigerians or for the ideals of equality, justice but Machiavellian in character; so it seems. The end justifies the means, even if it be by terrorism. The reason is quite clear. It has been revealed that 83% of the Nigerian auctioned oil blocks belong to Northern Nigerians. The major goal of the North in national politics is to exploit the East and control its resources. They are in politics to protect their individual and ethnic interests and…

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The Purpose of Politics And The 2015 Elections (2)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

Hobbes, describing man’s existence in the state of nature as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short” makes abundantly clear his conception of the purpose of politics: to help man escape his barbaric natural state and enjoy the benefit of civilized society (Hobbes 70). According to Hobbes, man’s natural state is a state of war, and in this state, “the notions of Right and Wrong, Justice and Injustice have there no place” (Hobbes 71). Hobbes notes that “where there is no common power, there is no law; where no Law; no injustice” (Hobbes 71). In a civilized society, these concepts exist,…

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THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Every great leader or visionary makes use of slogans to great effect. Usually concise, direct and poignant, such slogans go straight to the heart of the matter. They encapsulate the whole message and characterize the entirety of the speaker or writer’s persona or legacy. We see this a lot in politics and in movies. When, for example, we hear the expression: “I have a dream”, we think of Martin Luther King Jnr. Similarly, the phrase: “I’ll be back”, usually reminds movie lovers of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In today’s Gospel we hear the greatest slogan ever deployed, the greatest challenge ever given…

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The Purpose of Politics and the 2015 Elections

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

“whoever becomes the ruler of a free city and does not destroy it, can expect to be destroyed by it” (Machiavelli ). When Nigerians go to the polls to decide on the leadership of their country, next month, they would be casting their votes for the presidential, gubernatorial, state and most importantly, for legislative candidates to represent them in the National Assembly which the former President of Nigeria,  Olusegun Obasanjo describes as the “Den of thieves”. If therefore, we cast our votes for thieves, what therefore is the purpose of Politics? Fortunately, there are broad spectrums to politics which is…

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THE SECURITY AND ELECTORAL CHALLENGES IN THE UPCOMING 2015 ELECTIONS

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

There are clear indications that the upcoming elections in 2015 would be anything but peaceful. In far away Jos, PDP vehicles were set on fire by motivated APC youths whilst down south, River State, irate youths in grave sympathy, fired APC offices with dynamite. In River state, the State Judiciary has been under lock and Key for two years now, because of the political lock horns which reared its head in the appointment of the state chief Judge in the backdrop  of the 2015 elections which is expected to be violent in the state. Up North, several Bus loads of…

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OUR BODIES ARE SACRED

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today St Paul tells us emphatically in the Second Reading: “Glorify God in your body.” He was writing to the people of Corinth in Ancient Greece. In the Greek culture of those days, there was a tendency towards a flawed anthropology, which made a huge separation between the body and the soul. The body was considered unimportant and treated as just a thing, whereas the soul was considered very important. Even the Greek philosophers expressed this with a vivid image. They considered the body to be a prison containing and limiting the soul; the soul was trapped in the body…

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ALL ABOUT AUTHORITY

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

In the Gospel passage today we are told: “Unlike the Scribes, he taught them with authority” (Mk 1:22). How strange it seems to suggest that the Scribes (and the Pharisees) did not teach with authority. If anything, they seemed to speak with too much authority, but their teaching lacked compassion, and was programmed for selfish gain. Moreover, they did not practice what they taught. Conversely, Jesus was forthright and used his teaching to edify rather than put people down; he challenged the people to raise their game, he showed empathy, and he lived what he taught. That is authority! So…

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GOD HAS DELIVERED!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

What is it about Christmas that makes the whole world stand still irrespective of religious persuasions? Why is this Church bursting at the seams this night with families of the people of God? What was it that brought British and German soldiers together on Christmas eve, 1914, on the Western Front, to sing carols together, bury the dead together, and even to share a game of soccer, right in the heat of World War I? Is it the decorations, the gifts or the family gatherings? Surely not! These things are only but expressions of the reason for the season but…

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CORONERS INQUEST UNDER NIGERIAN LAW WHO IS A CORONER?

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

A coroner is a government official, judicial officer or magistrate who confirms and certifies the death of an individual within a jurisdiction. A coroner may also conduct an investigation into the manner or cause of a death, investigate and confirm the identity of an unknown person who was found dead in the coroners’ jurisdiction. The world ‘coroner’ is derived from the Latin world ‘coronae’ which means ‘crown’. The office of the coroner originates in the medieval English during the 13th century after the Norman conquests. It was established by Article 10 of the ‘Articles of Eyre’ in September 1194 to…

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THE LORD WILL MAKE YOU GREAT

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

“The Lord will make you great!”(2 Sam. 7:11b). On this fourth and last Sunday of Advent we are invited to stand on the promises of God, our Most Beneficent Father, and the Promise Keeper par excellence. A few more days and the greatest promise ever made will be delivered. It will be Christmas – the day God became man; the day that changed the course of history forever. Jesus Christ is the perfect embodiment of divine love and the perfect fulfilment of the promises of God. In our First Reading today,the Lord makes King David and us a solemn promise…

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EBOLA FREE NIGERIA!! – THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER (4)

“When Yahweh delivered Zion from bondage we were like in a dream. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations “The Lord had done great things for us and we rejoiced”. Restore our fortunes O Lord!  Like the waters in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping bearing the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy carrying their sheaves!” (Psalm 126: 1-6)   Fruits of the counsel Elsewhere, except in Nigeria, this conventional…

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THE SABOTAGE OF VOTER’S REGISTRATIONS IN THE SOUTH EAST

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

There were no reasons to expect the incompetence and seemly deliberate stultification of the current voters registration exercise in the south east, given Jega’s vociferation to the press in recent times, in which he opined knowledgeability of the Nigerian electoral dynamics. Said he: “From 1996 when the already existing polling units were created, there had been an exponential growth in the country’s population, and severe demographic shift resulting from new settlements in major urban areas. The rise in population with corresponding increase in the number of eligible voters was clearly manifested during the 2011 voter registration. At the end of…

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REJOICE AND BE GLAD!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

On this Third Sunday of Advent we celebrate the Gaudete Sunday. It’s the reason for the rose vestments and candles used in many churches around the world today. The word “gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice,” and it comes from the first word of the introit (Entrance Antiphon) for today’s Mass: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice” (Gaudete in Domino semper: iterumdico, gaudete). We rejoice because our commemoration of the Lord’s coming in history draws closer, and so does his final coming in glory. So let us rejoice and be glad!This is the message of the First Reading…

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EBOLA FREE NIGERIA!! – THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER (3)

“When Yahweh delivered Zion from bondage we were like in a dream. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations “The Lord had done great things for us and we rejoiced”. Restore our fortunes O Lord!  Like the waters in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping bearing the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy carrying their sheaves!” (Psalm 126: 1-6)   (3)        INSECURITY AND KIDNAPPING   Foreigners who mean real business…

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EBOLA FREE NIGERIA!! – THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER (2)

“When Yahweh delivered Zion from bondage we were like in a dream. Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations “The Lord had done great things for us and we rejoiced”. Restore our fortunes O Lord!  Like the waters in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping bearing the seed for sowing shall come home with shouts of joy carrying their sheaves!” (Psalm 126: 1-6)   SO FAR NOT BAD: Every right thinking Nigerian who cares…

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GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN US!

We have all experienced moments of gloom. Sometimes this is because no matter what we do, painful things just keep happening to us and those we love. Sometimes we experience discouragement because we keep falling into the same habits of sin – greed, lust, impatience, and laziness. Sometimes we experience cynicism when we see how much wrong is going on in society, so much injustice, corruption, and violence. This Second week of Advent, God has something to say about our worries: Pessimism, discouragement, cynicism will all come knocking but we must not let them in! We should not be afraid…

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The Illegal Practice of Law by Unauthorized Individuals and Corporate Entities

The legal practitioner Act is a definitive law which provides the regulations, for those lawyers authorized to practice law in Nigeria. Indeed, such persons considered, are those duly qualified to practice law, who essentially have met the general requirements, to wit: They must have undergone  studies in law in a  university as prescribed by the council for legal education, with a period of training at the Nigerian law school which entails, the requisite chamber and court attachments leading to a qualification, after, passing the Bar exams. Aside the obtaining of qualifying certificates to be called to the Bar, the prospective…

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