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May 27, 2018

“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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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

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

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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