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August 17, 2018

“ROCHAS ANAYO OKOROCHA & CO EXPOSED ” (3)

  If I were Rochas Anayo Okorocha ……. Immediately Rochas was confirmed governor of Imo state after the re-run of the so called ‘inconclusive elections’ in 2011 I set out writing news talks advising the governor in my little capacity as a compatriot, lover of Ndigbo and Rochas fanatic what he should do. “Now that the elections had been won and lost……Which Way Forward? History will never change as one would ask right now April 25th 2015!! Hear me……That was in 2011. I reproduce some of my “recommendations” then….. If I were Owelle Okoroocha, I would capitalize on the overwhelming…

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When It Pays To Be Ignorant

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The Trinity is, understandably, very difficult concept to grasp for so many people. For all our advances in knowledge, no one at all can claim any sort of mastery on the subject of the 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. It is only by faith that we can hold on to the truth of the mysteries of God. We can only explain what…

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The Defense of provocation

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  In 2007, Adebayo whilst standing on a crowded Bus in Lagos felt a man leaning close to him and breathing down his neck but endured the discomfort until the Bus stopped at Surulere by which time the deceased made a gay solicitation. Ade enraged beat him into Coma. The man died three days later. Ade was charged for murder. He pleaded provocation. In another development, Joy a housewife was routinely beaten by her husband each time the mother of three had an argument with the self-employed welder husband, Ikengwuruka. On one of such occasions, she waited till the husband…

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The Pentecost of Unity

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth.” Fifty days from the day of Passover, the Jews celebrated the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), commemorating the giving of the Law (Torah) at Mount Sinai. While Passover signified the people’s freedom from bondage, Shavuot signified their becoming God’s covenant people by the acceptance of the Law. Being a pilgrim festival, Pentecost was thus a most fitting time for the Holy Spirit to come and light the fire of his love in the hearts of the disciples – empowering them to reach out to the multitude gathered in Jerusalem from many countries….

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“ROCHAS ANAYO OKOROCHA & CO EXPOSED ” (2)

  WHAT HAPPENDED – AFTER 3 YEARS – THE BOOK WAS NOT LAUNCHED!! I met Governor Rochas and personal assistants at least six times to find out what had happened to the book! No meaningful explanation of what was going on. Most of my friends who got worried urged me to meet him personally. I summoned courage and met him one day in his global office. “Sir I wonder…..(Rochas) ….Oh! Father, I am sorry…….(called different aids and secretaries, scolded some….and regretted something had not been done? (Fr. Ndiokwere), Sir I didn’t write that book to make money. No!! I don’t…

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SELF DEFENCE: The guiding principles of self- defence are “necessity and proportion.”

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  Criminal law is one of the most interesting branches of the law. The law that prohibits murder also creates the exceptions, when it is justified to kill. Thus it is quite legal to kill someone in carrying out a sentence of a competent court or perhaps in self defence. In subsequent edition of law and society we shall be looking at crimes, defences and punishment under our criminal legislations. But I must warn you that the door to what amounts to a crime is never closed. A government may wake up tomorrow and make the collection of rainwater a…

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“ROCHAS ANAYO OKOROCHA & CO. EXPOSED “

  Rochas Anayo Okorocha is still on Trial! His political aspiration is bright if he understands now and well what it takes to add the title “Great” to his name. The man is ambitious and willing to fight and lead NDIGBO. Political affiliation has no place in the mission and project. When I told one of my closest friends about the present write-up, which I intended to get published in Nigerian newspapers and on the Internet; he was so happy and encouraged me to go ahead. He suggested the above title – “Rochas Anayo Okorocha Exposed”. But I was not…

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Consecration in Truth

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Today, in his priestly prayer, Jesus asks his Father to protect all who will be his disciples from the “world”; that is, from the satanic powers opposed to God and the authority of his Christ. The “world” also refers to those socio-cultural norms that tend to lure us away from Christ’s meaningful but demanding friendship. It is the kingdom of the devil, as opposed to the Kingdom of God, the city of fallen humanity as opposed to the city of redeemed humanity. As St John states in his epistle, “nothing the world has to offer – the sensual body,…

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The Commandment of Love

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  One big characteristic of human life on earth is the search for love, and ultimately for God. At the core of our being is the innate craving for attention, direction, inspiration, affirmation, emotion, consummation, etc. Equally inherent in our human nature is the need to show love and affection to others. The importance of loving is clear to anyone familiar with the life and teachings of Jesus. Today he reduces the essence discipleship into one sentence. This sentence is his New Commandment, which encapsulates everything he taught: “Love one another as I have loved you.”And to make it even…

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ON DIVINE PRUNING

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  When vines are left to their own devices in the wild, the result is always telling. The plants meander through underbrush, grasping anything and everything they come in contact with. They dissipate their precious, creative energies clinging to rocks, wild shrubs and tree trunks. Come harvest time what you get is tiny, usually not-so-tasty fruits. The story is different for a well-groomed vine. The plants grow upright and strong, primed for bountiful yields of huge clusters of robust, tasty grapes. The difference is in the pruning! Consider also a body wound, when it is left to fester for a…

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The Shepherd and The Cowboy

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  On this Good Shepherd Sunday we acknowledge God as the universal shepherd of humanity, and ourselves as the sheep of his flock. Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. In the Old Testament, the Patriarchs of Israel were shepherds, just like their early kings. Even the prophets speak endlessly of Israel as the flock of God. Today’s Psalm describes what the Lord, our Good Shepherd, does for us his sheep: “Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit” (Ps. 23:2-3a).Of all religions…

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THE 2015 NIGERIA GENERAL ELECTIONS: TRIBUTES AND REFLECTIONS

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Sir Winston Churchill The Chinese have a saying which envisions a desire to live in interesting times. Indeed the 2015 general election is very interesting and speaks volumes of the Nigerian peoples and how much they despise each other and still want to live together! It also reveals to a remarkable degree how much the Igbophobia in Nigeria has become a multi-ethnic policy adopted in Nigeria in the backdrop of the Igbo apparent marginalization. The repeated slaughter…

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Mercy Overflowing A FRESH START

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today we have an offer of a fresh start from the risen Lord. His death and resurrection means we have a clean slate, no longer bound by the consequences of our sin. We are invited to embrace this fresh start and become a people of the resurrection. In the First Reading St Peter reminds the Jewish leaders and the people of their conspiracy against Jesus: “It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life”.  But very quickly he moves on from that and…

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THE CHOICE OF APC OR PDP AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” –  Abraham Lincoln The Governorship elections have been conducted in all the states of the federation .Now we are having victory dances and intolerant intimidation of the losers and perhaps, political polarizations. It is however sad that the paramount interests of the electorate and…

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Mercy Overflowing

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The feast of Divine Mercy was established on April 30, 2000 by Pope John Paul II,on the occasion of the canonization Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun and visionary through whom the Lord Jesus requested that the Second Sunday of Easter be reserved to honour and commemorate God’s infinite mercy. How fitting that the Pope himself, a great apostle of mercy, was canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2014! Christianity is a story of the infinite mercy of God, without which we are lost and hopeless. Notwithstanding our unfaithfulness, the Lord has remained faithful through the ages and his…

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The reasons why President Jonathan lost to General Buhari

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

We have an Alliance with the North now. The North will rule and transfer power to the South west. The south west will rule again and transfer power to the North. No Igbo Man will ever rule Nigeria’- A. Dada, a mobile police officer in Port Harcourt echoing the minds of the Yoruba in voting Buhari. The outcome of the 2015 presidential elections left me speechless and visibly shaken .Everywhere in the streets, the pensive atmosphere was like the funeral of a young one. The seemly unspeakable treachery of the south west and the victory of the North have occurred…

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A Victor from the Dark Domain

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today is the greatest Sunday of all! It is the dawn of a new creation! Jesus is alive, “because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24).Adam’s rebellion is reversed and our communion with God is restored. We have become sharers in the divine nature, assured of divinization. What a great paradox that we have been so inestimably rewarded for our sinfulness – O Happy Fault! That is the amazing depth of God’s ineffable love, the unfathomable, inexhaustible fountain of divine mercy. Christ’s resurrection means everything for us. Only the bright light of the Resurrection…

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The Intrigues Of Nigeria’s 2015 General Elections

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

It was —William Bradford (1590-1657) who said, “As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.” Today we have lit the candle to illuminate the dark crevices of the Nigerian Unique electoral system; and continued in our series on the 2015 general elections with a look into the growing anxieties of Nigerians on the March through April 2015 polls in which a Muslim challenger faces a Christian incumbent president from the south in the backdrop of a quasi religious war and the threats of…

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THE DRAMA OF PALM SUNDAY

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. It is a feast of contradictions. On the one hand we commemorate the triumphal entry of a king to the great applause of his subjects; on the other hand, this same king goes to his brutal death in a matter of days – betrayed by the very subjects who hailed his victorious arrival in Jerusalem. But, ironically, this death is what seals his ultimate victory and makes him the definitive expression of divine mercy and the source of eternal salvation for anyone who believes in him. It’s Palm Sunday and it’s also Passion Sunday. The…

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THE HOUR HAS COME

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today we see a group of Greek-speaking pilgrims openly declaring their intention to meet the Saviour: “Sir, we should like to see Jesus” (John 12:21).This request summarizes the deepest longing of every human heart, and their non-Jewish background validates the universality of Jesus’ salvific mission as foretold in Scripture: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him” (Ps.22:27). In response Jesus declares: “Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (John 12:23). What hour has come? The hour to…

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