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August 17, 2018

2015 Polls: Widows and Politics In Imo State (2)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

In Africa, Elections are often marred by electoral violence because of poor orientation of voters and politicians. Essentially, elections have become the springboard to sudden wealth and for this, politicians are willing to kill, and provoke social disorder to actualize their personal and individual greed. Voters on their own part are often deeply influenced by ethnic and religious biases which lead to violence and the commission of electoral crimes. These electoral crimes include but are not limited to the snatching of ballot boxes, stuffing of ballot boxes and rigging. By the way, a crime is defined under the criminal code…

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LOVE INIMITABLE

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish, but might have eternal life” (Jn.3:16). With these words Jesus clarifies for us the extent of his Father’s love for us. There are so many adjectives to qualify the love of God – copious, ineffable, unfathomable, steadfast, interminable, etc., but it surely transcends them all. Today Jesus offers himself as the perfect expression of that love and only through him can we fully appropriate it. The Catechism explains that the only reason God revealed himself to Israel, and…

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ANGER TO THE RESCUE

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Anger is a very delicate human emotion which helps us to stand up against aggression and evil, but which must be handled carefully lest it snowballs into destructive behaviour with grave consequences. When put to good use, anger can bring about positive change but otherwise it can also have a damaging influence – domestic violence, adultery, marriage breakdown, road rage, murder, and even suicide. Even concealed anger can be equally lethal as it breeds pride, resentment, envy, malice, gossip, high blood pressure, etc. So there is a place for anger but it must be within the framework of reason. On…

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OUR HIGHS AND LOWS!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

The Christian experience is a long narrative of highs and lows. It’s astory of disobedience and submission, of desert and flood, of rebellion and reconciliation, of rejection and restoration, of doubt and belief, of temptation and victory, of sadness and joy, and of sin and salvation. In the middle of these extremes is fallen humanity, striving to stay afloat in the murky waters of life’s struggles. Vital to our survival in this treacherous journey is faith, which Scripture defines as: “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb.11:1). By faith we are able to navigate…

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THE SEASON OF LENT

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Fresh from his baptism Jesus set out on a mission of fasting and prayer in the desert, and there he was tempted by the Devil. By overcoming the temptations the Lord set a model for us to deal with sin and evil. And by launching his public ministry straight after the desert encounter, Jesus seeks to rescue humanity from the desert of sin and alienation, and to restore us to the fullness of grace and divine life, which was lost through Adam’s rebellion. The Lord spends forty days in the desert – a period symbolic of great physical and spiritual…

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ELECTION PETITIONS TRIBUNALS AND THE 180 DAYS RULE

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

The 2015 Elections would generally determine the future of Nigeria, the path and direction, the endangered Nation at war, shall take in the next decade to come, in the backdrop of the Boko Haram managed warfare which is directed primarily, to contain the development of Christianity in the North East and wrestle power out of a Christian Head of government in spite of the frivolous rationalizations of corruption and inept leadership under President Jonathan. Many are going to get killed and at the rate we are going, post election violence, is seemly inevitable. Available records show that while the 2007…

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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

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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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