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May 27, 2018

INTRODUCTION TO THE IMO STATE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

LAW OF 2012 WITH ANNOTATIONS PART III: COMPOSITION OF AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY GOVERNING COUNCIL AND ELECTION.   5.Every Autonomous Community Council shall consist of- (a) the chairman (Eze of the Autonomous Community): (b) the Secretary (Head of Town Union): (b) the Woman Leader (d) the youth Leader; and (e) the Community Liaison Officer (CLO)   COMMENT:   S.5. Deals with the composition of the Autonomous Community Government Council which provides for the Chairman, the secretary, the woman leader, the youth leader and the Community liaison officer as members of the Community Council. The composition of the council is seemly fixed. This…

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It’s all about the economy!

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It’s all about the economy! Politicians are always on about it. As the economy goes, so goes the whole nation! One TV commercial even talks about a beer economy where beer becomes the means of exchange and the measure of value. For Christians too, it’s also all about the economy, but of a different kind. It’s not the economy of financial growth and prosperity; it is not the economy of rampant consumerism and profiteering; it is not the “selfie” economy of narcissism and the exaltation of the ego; rather it is all about the most enduring economy of all –…

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INTRODUCTION TO THE IMO STATE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION LAW OF 2012 WITH ANNOTATIONS 2012, LAW NO. 1

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  ENERAL PROVISIONS A Law to provide for the establishment, Structure, composition, finance, functions and administration of Autonomous communities in the local Government Areas of Imo State. BE IT ENACTED by the House of Assembly of Imo State of Nigeria as follows:   PART 1 – PRELIMINARIES 1.This law may be cited as the Imo State Autonomous Community Councils Administration Law No. 1 of 2012.   COMMENT: This section provides the citations by which the law is known. It was one of the laws made in the early life of the administration of Governor Anayo Okorocha. This Law is the…

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Complainers Anonymous

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The Reader’s Digest Magazine once ran the story of a robber who went to a bank in the New York State city of Syracuse. He approached the teller and demanded the sum of $20,000. On reaching home, he realized much to his chagrin that the money was not complete. Fuming, he dashed back to the bank to complain about his being short-changed. And there and then he was arrested! Complaining is as old as fallen humanity.When God asked Adam if he had eaten of the forbidden fruit his response was: “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some…

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THE DEMANDS OF DISCIPLESHIP

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Today, as he embarks on his final journey to Jerusalem, our Lord calls his followers to action: “Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Authentic Christian discipleship is a tough journey of self-sacrifice. It goes beyond feelings and vague inspirations; it requires the full deployment of all our creativity and intelligence; and it means we put Jesus first and every other thing behind. Discipleship requires self-control and detachment from earthly possessions. To be a true disciple of Jesus means that complacency is not an option, and self-indulgence is taboo. The Lord invites…

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Humility Avenue

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After the construction of the Titanic, the builder famously declared: “Not even God can sink this ship.” That was a very bold, confident, and somewhat arrogant proposition. In the end,it did not require God to sink the famous cruise ship, an iceberg was more than enough. In contrast, when St Augustine was asked to name the three most important virtues, he answered: “First, humility. Second, humility. Third, humility.” The rest, they say, is history, as we know who had the last laugh. Humility is a foundational element of Christian discipleship. This week, the Lord teaches us that “everyone who exalts…

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Narrowing Down Our Ways

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This week, our Lord Jesus wants us to realize that the Gospel is not a matter of how many will be saved but of how one may be saved. He likens the spiritual journey to a “narrow door” of trials and tribulations, and only those who embrace it will be saved. The Lord makes a number of important points today: a) Salvation requires effort – we must do our very best. Complacency is not an option. We are saved by faith, no doubt, but faith without good works is to no avail. b) We must utilize the opportunity we have…

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The Marathon of Fire

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Today Jesus brings fire to the world! It is a fire of love, which restores humanity to a meaningful and fulfilling existence. The fire is a sign of the presence of the Spirit of God on earth. It has come to take root and gradually cultivate a civilisation of peace, justice and love. Paradoxically, the fire has come both to build up and to destroy. For those about to be saved, it purifies from what is coarse, stale or debasing and it remoulds and transforms. But for the proud and arrogant – those on the path of perdition – the…

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ON VIGILANCE AND DILIGENCE

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A certain young woman had just graduated from the university and the parents offered her an intercontinental sea cruise for her 21st birthday. This special cruise happened only once a year and everyone was expected to arrive on time. This young lady’s excitement knew no bounds as she told everyone about it. She needed to fly to the departure port and there was only one daily flight to that destination. On the set date, everything was ready and she arrived the airport some three hours early. To while away the time, she sat down to rest but ended up sleeping…

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The Futility of Vainglory

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Aesop was one of the greatest story tellers in ancient Greece and in one his fables, a fox once saw a crow perching on a tree branch with a piece of cheese in her beak and thought to himself: “That’s for me, as I am a Fox”. He moved to the foot of the tree and cried out:”Good day, Mistress Crow, how beautiful you are looking today: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eyes. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that…

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THE ELASTICITY OF DIVINE MERCY

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This week we reflect on the inestimable value of persistence in prayer. St Luke’s Gospel emphasizes the role of prayer in Jesus’ life.  The Evangelist has it on record that our Lord always took out time to pray. He prayed after his baptism (3:21); before choosing his disciples (6:21); before predicting his own passion (9:18); at the Transfiguration (9:29); in thanksgiving on the return of his disciples from mission (10:21); before teaching his followers how to pray (11:1); for Peter to be strong in faith (22:32); for his enemies (23:34); and for himself on the Cross: “Father, into your hands…

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TRUE HOSPITALITY

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At the heart of hospitality is the comfort and pleasure of the guest or customer satisfaction in business terms. This is what makes the guest to consider coming back. It is little wonder, therefore, that businesses spend huge amounts of money researching consumer tastes and preferences, and orientate their products and services accordingly. Even at the personal level, we are generally more inclined to visit those relatives and friends who make us feel welcome and comfortable, and who provide our favourite foods and drinks without much ado. On the contrary, people are generally less enthusiastic about hosts who always control…

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Playing the neighbour

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In the first century, the idea of a Samaritan being good was inconceivable to an average Jewish person, given the level of animosity between the Jews and the Samaritans. It was also unthinkable that a Samaritan would be considered a “neighbour” by a Jew, and vice versa. However, Jesus changes all that in today’s Gospel as he radically redefines the notion of “neighbour”. He broadens the concept of neighbour to include everyone, without exception, who is in need. The Lord goes ahead to propose universal compassion as a ticket to eternal life. The drama starts with a legal expert questioning…

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THE FEMININITY OF DIVINE LOVE

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Today we reflect on the maternal dimension of divine love. It is not usual for us to think of God in feminine terms – as a nursing mother for instance. For the most part, we have the image of God as Our Father, The Lion of Judah, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, The Shepherd, The Husband, The Rock of Strength, The Prince of Peace, etc. God surely transcends gender and any other categories we might use to describe Him. But there’s a feminine side that is hardly mentioned. In the Song of Songs, He says: “I am…

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The Christian is one who has chosen Christ and follows him

In all religions the great spiritual masters had disciples who were assiduous in their teaching and preoccupied with preserving their words.  We find the phenomenon also in the Bible (1R), though this configured in a particular way because the people lived in a regime of covenant and faith.  Covenant is not founded on traditions of master and disciples but on itself.  Certainly, the chosen people needed guides to orient them in the interpretation of faith in events.  This necessity was, however, provisional and the prophets expected a future in which God Himself the hearts of people without the mediation of…

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OUR NOTION OF JESUS

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Who do you say that I am? This question resonates in the heart of a young person battling the glamour of sin. It whispers in the mind of a young couple struggling to strike the right balance in their relationship. It is pondered by the single mum striving to provide for her young children, not sure where help will come from. The question echoes in the hearts of a family dealing with the devastating illness or death of a loved one. It is pondered by the politician dealing with matters of morality and ethics. This is a question that each…

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OUR NEED FOR MERCY

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Today’s readings invite us to reflect on the themes of sin, repentance, forgiveness and gratitude. We see King David’s gross abuse of power, the sinful woman’s outpouring of gratitude, and the Pharisee’s self-sufficiency and judgmental arrogance. In the First Reading, David in his obsession with someone else’s wife, entangles himself in a chain of transgressions.  He was guilty of lust, greed, envy, treachery, adultery, sexual abuse, disrespect for womanhood, and cover-up. The King was also guilty of voyeurism (watching a naked woman for pleasure), murder (he arranged the death of Uriah), and then hypocrisy (he was mad at the offender…

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TODAY’S WIDOWS

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Our First and Gospel Readingstoday highlight the predicament of widows in ancient Israel and the need for us to be compassionate. Ordinarily, a widow is a woman who remains unmarried after the death of her husband, but it means a lot more in our readings today. In olden Israel as in many places today, widowhood signified a life of poverty and marginalization, degradation and general insecurity. It means a fringe existence lacking in hope or security. Thus, we can only imagine the fearful prospects awaiting both widows of Zarephath and Nain at the death of their only sons respectively. Each…

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On The Real Presence

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Without blood we die, and without the blood of Christ we die spiritually. His Precious Blood does more than just wash away our sin. It continues the flow of divine life in us, keeping us connected to our heavenly Father. Without Jesus’ blood, we would have no spiritual health or vitality. Today, therefore, the Church draws our attention to what it really is we receive at Communion. The Feast of Corpus Christi is a celebration of our belief in the Body and Blood of Christ and in his Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist – body and blood, soul and…

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OUR BLESSED IGNORANCE

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This week’s reflection may, understandably, be difficult to comprehend for a lot of people. But that is only because no one at all possesses any sort of mastery on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. The Church teaches solemnly that, “in God there are three Divine Persons, really distinct and equal in all things, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”The Trinity and the Incarnation are the two doctrines that set Christianity apart from other world religions. We can only explain what the doctrine is but not the mystery itself. As one author puts it: “The first thing we know…

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