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May 27, 2018

EBOLA FREE NIGERIA!! – THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER (1)

“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) The ancient Israelite songs of liberation could in fact be likened…

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Justice and the sanctity and dignity of the law and court (2)

It is in this regard that the warning of mahatma Ghandi, a dead lawyer is resurrected. Said he: “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts”. This brings me to the larger issue of the wilful non compliance with the rules of court, which may pervert the cause of justice. Many judges in Nigeria accommodate this or treat the issues with unaccustomed triviality. In my view as soon as a party becomes aware of non compliance with the rules off court, he must regularize and not argue…

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Why Advent?

Why Advent? Why does the Church take us through this same ritual every year? Advent is the time when we contemplate the three comings of Christ: a) In history, 2000 years ago, when God took on human flesh; b) In mystery – in the abiding presence of Christ in our lives through his Word and sacraments, grace and communion; c) In Majesty, at the end of time, when Christ comes in glory at the Parousia.  We live in the final phase of human history, the age which will culminate in Christ’s glorious return, the destruction of the world as we…

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Justice and the sanctity and dignity of the law and court

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of Justice”- Charles de Montesquieu. The word justice is derived from Latin which means “right”, the concept of which remains alive in the hearts of all men and in daily discourses inspite of the fact that Latin is of delimited usage, universality; and to, many, a dead language. It examines, dictates, and orders the conduct of the affairs of men and the society that they have created. The other side of justice is Injustice, which simply can be defined as the…

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CHRIST OUR UNIVERSAL KING

How do the kings of the earth treat their subjects compared to the King of heaven? How do we treat those under our authority and those who depend on us? Today we celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ as the Universal King. This feast was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, who called on humanity to submit once more to the authority of Christ. He noted that the multiple evils in the world were due to humankind’s rejection of Jesus Christ, and that so long this remained the case, there was no prospect of a lasting peace on earth. The…

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ARE YOU TALENTED?

In our way of thinking, a ‘talented’ person is one endowed with some special skill or ability. That way we have our talented footballers, actors or musicians. Does that mean the rest of us have no talents? Not at all!  We all surely do have talents though not all are meant for popular acclaim or global success. The Scripture is very clear on this point: “Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others” (1 Peter 4:10).So the issue is not…

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The Principles and Challenges of Free, (3) Fair and Regular Elections under a Democracy

The electoral process in Nigeria has become a means to institutionalize tyranny, religious and political marginalization of ethnic and political minorities and stealing. The Nigerian democratic experience has shown that rather than appeal on the common interests involving the economy and development in a state, county or the federation, the electoral process has only ensured the ascendancy of the criminal elite to deplete and plunder the common purse. Democracy and the electoral process has never produced the desired results of leadership values, transparency and accountability in leadership, rather, it has  promoted in the Nigerian context, mediocre leadership, corruption and large…

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YOU ARE THE TEMPLE

The Temple in Jerusalem was an awe-inspiring architectural masterpiece – the pride of the Jewish nation. It was one of the busiest, most lavish, immense, and remarkable buildings in the entire Ancient Middle East. This was a building like no other then, so the question of its destruction was simply inconceivable to the people but Jesus knew otherwise, and said so. Some thirty-seven years after the Lord’s departure, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans, leaving only the famous Western Wall (The Wailing Wall). By destroying the Temple, the Romans sought to permanently weaken the Jewish nation and their religion…

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The Principles and Challenges of Free, Fair and Regular Elections under a Democracy

The expansive gulf of conflicting opinions on the nature of democracies and the electoral processes has led many to conclude erroneously, that dictatorships and corrupt regimes can confer legitimacy on theirselves through the conduct of elections, without, it, being free, fair and without, the consent of the governed. Indeed, the magnanimity of the expansive horizon entitles anyone to a point of view, no matter where he stands on this issue. In my view, nonetheless, the consent of the governed is essential and pivotal .to the citizen’s right to choose their leadership or change it under a free, fair and regular…

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DEATH IS NOT THE END

What is the Christian meaning of death? Is death the definitive end of human existence? What happens to us when we die? These are some of the questions worth pondering today as Catholics all over the world mark the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). Yesterday was the Feast of All Saints, celebrating all those already in heaven, enjoying the beatific vision of God in everlasting glory. But today’s memorial is for those who died believing in Christ, but were not perfectly cleansed from the effects of sin. Being temporarily deprived of the joys of heaven until…

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LOVE AS A TOUGH BUSINESS

Today Jesus encapsulates the entire Old Testament into two main commandments – love of God (Deut.6:5), and love of neighbour (Lev.19:18).In the Gospel passage, he had just silenced the Sadducees, and the Pharisees decided to make their own effort to ensnare him. So one of them (who, like all Pharisees, was an expert in “the law and the prophets”) asks the Lord to identify the greatest among the 613 commandments of the Old Testament, but Jesus cites two. By so doing he makes the point that loving God is inseparable from loving our neighbour. St Paul teaches us that love…

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ROBBING GOD TO PAY CAESAR

In the last few weeks the Lord Jesus has used different parables to highlight the sins of the religious and political elite of his time. Today,these opponents conspire to undermine him and ultimately destroy him. The Pharisees and the Herodians unite in a marriage of convenience to question Jesus on the propriety of paying taxes to Caesar. Taxation, in every age, has always been a hot button subject. Over the millennia, countless lives have been lost, so many have gone to jail, governments have been toppled, and wars have been fought on the issue. In Nigeria, for instance, the very…

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DRESSING FOR THE PARTY

Are you washed in the blood? In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb? Are your garments spotless, are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Many of us would be familiar with these words from a very popular hymn. The hymn poses a rhetorical question challenging everyone to feel the pulse of their own discipleship, to see how well they are travelling and how ready they are for the final bus stop. Today Jesus uses a wedding metaphor to describe the kingdom of heaven.God the Father is the king in the story while…

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The Road-Traffic Act (cap 548)

There are thousands of roads and Highways in Nigeria used by human and automated traffic. The automated or mechanized traffic are made up of motor vehicles driven by human beings whilst the, ordinary traffic which are not automated are by pedestrians and even animals, mostly livestock. All these forms of traffic are subject to rules, regulations on our roads and highways and there are laws made in pursuant of road safety for all users and for the purpose of traffic control. In time past, the control and enforcement of road traffic rules and regulations were left in the hands of…

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SOUR GRAPES WE MAKE

Today’s parable of the wicked tenants mirrors God’s covenant relationship with his chosen people. Israel is God’s vineyard to which a lot of resources has been committed. In the Jewish mindset vineyards symbolized prosperity, and also the future reward of the righteous. This is portrayed by the golden vines that decorated the entrance to the Temple in Jerusalem. The prophet Micah (4: 4) has it that in those days: “…they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees.”And before that the Scripture paints a picture of peace and prosperity under the reign of King Solomon:…

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2015: JEGA’S CALCULUS AND THE MATRIX OF IGBO MARGINALIZATION (2)

DISTRIBUTION OF INEC’s NEW POLLING UNITS Proposed 30,000 polling Units North                 = 21,615 South                   = 8412   Zonal Breakdown North West          =7906 North East            =5291 North central       =6318 FCT                     = 1200 South west           = 4160 South south         = 3087 South East            = 1167     According to him, the development has given an average voter density of 590 persons per polling unit. The INEC chairman stated that the commission arrived at the units it distributed from the 150, 000 by dividing the total number of registered voters a state has by 500 which is the commission’s approved number of voters…

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WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH

In his autobiography, UP From Slavery, Booker T Washington – the first African-American to establish a University – recalls the case of an ex-slave from Virginia (U.S.A) whom he met in the state of Ohio. A few years before the Emancipation Proclamation, this man had an agreement with his master to buy his freedom by paying a certain amount yearly, in exchange for going wherever he pleased to work and raise the money. Realizing he had better prospects in Ohio, the slave-man went there to work. At the time the Emancipation happened he still owed his master some three hundred…

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WHY ALL THE ENVY?

Today’s message is a warning on the dangers of envy. We should learn to always appreciate whatever good the Lord is doing in and through others, even when we do not like them. It is very easy to see ourselves as better and more deserving of God’s favours, while undermining others. Jesus issues a warning to us: “The last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16).Those of us already living a life of grace represent the first group of labourers hired.  But we are warned that at judgment time we may be shocked to see some…

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2015: JEGA’S CALCULUS AND THE MATRIX OF IGBO MARGINALIZATION

In the words of Haile Selassie, “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who could have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” These words strikes a responsive chord in the backdrop of the recent creation of over 30000 polling units by the INEC chairman Attahiru  Jega, in a move seen by many as calculated to give unfair advantage to the North in the next presidential election and the seemly silence of the south east,…

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EXALTING THE CROSS

Today we celebrate the Triumph of the Cross. We rejoice that a foremost instrument of torture and human degradation has become the means of redemption for humanity. The tree of shame and defeat has become the tree of life. Today’s feast reminds us that Christianity is not some abstract concept, but rather God’s direct intervention inhuman affairs – a real fact of history involving real people, and a real execution on a real cross. The cross is fundamental to the Christian faith, and without it Christianity is meaningless. In the year 326 A.D., St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, discovered…

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