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May 21, 2018

APC Primaries: A Taste of the Pudding

  If a taste of the pudding is in the eating, in actuality, then we can say Nigerians have just tasted what is on the menu for the 2019, with the party primaries held by the ALL Progressive Congress (APC).  What the people now have to ask is who planned the menu? Is it all there is or more should be expected?   A better outing was expected from the ruling APC party, but what took place in the name of party primaries in the majority of states, is to say the least, disappointing.   Looking at what transpired, it…

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OUR MISSION AS PRIESTS TO THE WORLD OF POLITICS

  Editor’s Note: Catholic Priests have a legitimate right to participate and get involved in Politics. Here are some of the reasons why they should take part in the politics of the land. We will elaborate on the different themes in due course.   Introduction We priests cannot afford to allow ourselves be coerced, intimidated or forced to shy or stay away from the “world” of politics; this is so because, by our vocation, mandate and mission, politics is one such “world” to which Christ commissions His Church and ministers to evangelize, to preach to, to spiritually and morally direct….

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Urban renewal or urban destruction?

urban renewal of owerri

  From all indications, urban renewal is a top priority in the Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration in Imo State. It is a laudable idea, and more so if in line with the original Owerri master plan. The master plan designed by Fingerhaut, a Swiss company, in 1976 envisages Owerri Capital Territory to be developed with the concept of a twin city. The area regarded as the Old Owerri, occupied mostly by indigenes of Owere Nchise, would continue to develop with motorable roads and streets, functional drainage system, regular electricity supply and pipe-borne water etc, while the development of a new…

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Looters list, a welcome idea but…

The police have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers in Abuja on Wednesday by some thugs.

  Any plan to name and shame all those who have brought Nigerians to their current level of poverty is a welcome idea. But a better plan is one which not only names the thieves but reclaims the loot and punishes the looters, to serve as a deterrent to others. Nigerians have heard so much about “how” their money was looted and actually is being looted, and “who and who” are looting it, but it makes no sense just to publish the names of a few. What is needed is a comprehensive list of looters, without respect for party affiliation,…

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Disarming Vigilante  Groups – Bad Idea!

  We do not need a Nigeria where everyone must carry a gun to feel safe for sure. We also don’t want to live in a state where people are afraid to go to sleep at night for fear of being attacked. But it is a concern that we may be heading that way, if the excesses of gun-toting Fulani herdsmen are not checked. It is worrying that we now have herdsmen who carry guns and must feed their cattle on people’s farmland. What is more? Rather than arrest and discipline these killer herdsmen, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim…

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Mothers and us

It's Mother's Day Catholic Women celebrating in Owerri.

  Catholic women in Nigeria are today celebrating this year’s Mother’s Day. Today is a special Sunday set apart by the church to honour mothers and motherhood, by celebrating their virtues. Everyone of us, no matter how sophisticated, educated, rich or poor, is born of a woman and has enjoyed the sweet love and care of a mother. So to all of us, motherhood is a special gift. Even though the father (man) is the head of the family, God so positioned our mothers to be the pivot and nerve centre of every family. They are the pivot on which…

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This is Holy Week

Holy week

  Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, which commemorates the passion of Christ and his eventual crucifixion. On this day, we recall the triumphant entry of our Lord and Saviour to Jerusalem, amid pomp and pageantry fit for a King.   Scripture says Christ rode on a donkey, with a crowd following, laying palm leaves and olive branches along the way and crying: “Hossana Filiu David, Beneditus qui venit in nomine Domini – Hossanna to the son of David, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”   For nearly three years, Jesus’ ministry…

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Big Brother Naija: Stupidity on TV

The Big Brother Naija Show

  One of the most stupid television programmes of our time, is the Big Brother Naija show currently going on. This on-going reality show, with the theme” “Double Wahala,” has over the weeks come under intense criticism as viewers have continued to question what it has really set out to achieve. The Big Brother Naija reality TV show, which is supposed to provide opportunities for talents hunt, while entertaining viewers, has become a shadow of itself. All it seems to portray now is immorality and other unacceptable vices. The “house mates” as the contestants in the show are called see…

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THE BIG BROTHER NAIJA SHOW: Immorality in Our Living Room

The Big Brother Naija Show

  There’s a notorious programme currently going on called THE BIG BROTHER NAIJA. The winner of this notorious show is expected to walk away with a whopping N25 million and a breathtaking car. All that is required to win this show is to be Live with a bunch of fellow crazy, irresponsible people, do all sorts of immoral things, and, viola, you’re the winner. Next thing, you’re called a celebrity, winning big advertisement contracts and becoming the face of multinational companies. If only there could be an educating version of this programme. If only they could house some intelligent people…

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Dapchi Abduction – One Kidnap Too Many!

Dapchi Abduction

When we thought we had seen and heard it all with the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, in Borno State in 2014, we are confronted with yet another strange abduction of 110 young students from the Government Science and Technical Girls’ College Dapchi in Yobe State. Some people have rightly described it as a national disgrace and that is what it is. It is indeed an embarrassment for which the Federal Government should cover its face in shame. The current kidnap comes four years after Chibok and less than a year to the nation’s next general election. We…

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Ahiara Diocese:  No Victor No Vanquished

Bishop Okpaleke

  To the glory of God, the protracted saga over the appointment of a bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara is over. No victor, no Vanquished! God won the battle, the church won the battle. This followed the resignation of Bishop Peter Okpaleke on Wednesday, Feb. 14. It would be recalled that he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 as Bishop of Ahiara to succeed the pioneer Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev Victor Chikwe who died 2010 but Okpaleke was rejected by a majority of the local clergy and the faithful of the diocese. While the…

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Lessons from South Africa

Erecting Statues for Jacob Zuma And Elen Johnson

  Were the disgraced South African President, Jacob Zuma,  Nigerian, he would not resign or leave Aso Rock. Never! Nigerians don’t resign from political office because once they find themselves there; the office becomes their birth right.  So if it were a ‘Nigerian Zuma’, he and his supporters would throw up all sorts of mundane excuses to remain in office. Failing to have their way, they would play the religious and ethnic card, stirring up fear and violence in the country. Also, if Zuma were a state Governor and facing imminent disgrace or Vote of no confidence, he and his…

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Petrol Problem: A National shame

  Everything seems to have gone awry with the petroleum sector, so much that Government does not seem to be in control any longer. It is unbelievable that two months after the usual Christmas and end of year rush, the price of petrol is still hitting the roof, and in some states, the product is seldom found. From the pre- December price of 145 naira per litre, which many Nigerians were struggling to pay, the price of fuel abruptly jumped to 185 naira per litre or more. In fact, the product sold for between 200 and 250 naira per litre…

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THE (ROMAN CATHOLIC) SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION-PENANCE-CONFESSION:  PAST AND THE PRESENT

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION-PENANCE-CONFESSION

  A REFLECTION (IN PREPARATION FOR THE LENTEN SEASON)   BY MSGR NATHANIEL I NDIOKWERE     PREAMBLE    “A picture, an image speaks one thousand words”,  is a popular ancient adage. In the  two pictures posted with the present reflection (see the bottom page), we see the pope confessing his sins to a priest presumably  in Saint Peter’s basilica, the Vatican, Rome. Most of us are familiar with such images or scenarios posted on the social media. Surely they are not for ‘show’ . The Pope has never posed at the confessional asking the Vatican photographers  and passers-by to…

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This Lent

lent

  The season of Lent, a 40- day period of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and other spiritual endeavors in preparation for Easter begins on Wednesday this week. This year’s Lent is very special because it kicks off on an Ash Wednesday that falls on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine, was a Catholic priest, who was murdered by Emperor Claudius because he flouted the emperor’s order by wedding a young soldier who was in love with a young lady. He is regarded world-wide as the Patron Saint of lovers. Both Jesus Christ and St Valentine died for Love. So both Ash…

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Institutionalization of Nepotism in Nigeria

NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY

  It is no news that our leaders (the word ‘leader’ is used loosely here, as there is no true leader in Nigeria) in political authority have now bastardized the process of appointments into political offices in the country. They have sacrificed merit on the altar of mediocrity. They always tend to engage in the politics of nepotism instead of holding firm to the ethics and precepts of good governance. Nepotism, according to the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary is defined as “giving unfair advantages to your own family if you are in a position of power, especially by giving them…

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Cattle Colony: Ndigbo be warned

cattle colony

  Never before, in the history of Nigeria, had Fulani herdsmen clashes with farmers over the destruction of farm crops by cattle, assumed the alarming dimension as it has in the last three years. Before now, there have been skirmishes and clashes in various parts of the South and Middle Belt Regions between these two groups. But since 2015 when the present Federal Government came into power, the boldness at which the herdsmen operate and rampage farmlands and communities have reached an intolerable level. Things are taking this new dimension because government seems to be siding, aiding and abating the…

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New Year, New Beginning

New year 2018

  Our life is like a book. The New Year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book. What you will write for this next chapter of your life is entirely up to you. So, it is usually and rightly so a time for renewal; a time to brace up for a new beginning, and fresh starts. Stock taking presumably must have taken place in December, loopholes, shortfalls and mistakes identified. January then begins with a new sense of optimism, a sense and a desire to make the New Year better than last year. The New Year provides…

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Too many killings with Impunity

Day of anger anguish in Benue

  No words, than sorrow, tears and anguish can best describe the tragic experience of victims of mass killings that took place on New Year Day, 2018 in some parts of our country. At Guma and Logo Local Government areas of Benue State, over 70 people were killed in cold blood by marauding herdsmen, while 14 others were also shot dead at Omoku LGA in Rivers State the same day. A monarch and his pregnant wife were sent to their untimely graves on the same New Year Day in Kaduna State, while hoodlums attacked churches and raped worshippers in Ilorin,…

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Do We Really Need a Ministry of Happiness to make us Happy?

Ministry of Happiness

  Jokes apart, the new Ministry of Happiness should more aptly have been named Ministry of Laughter because the first thing people do when they hear about the ministry is to laugh.  And laughter IS therapeutic.  If in doubt, ask those in some Japanese Cities where people pay money to get some laughter. Japanese are said to work like donkeys and have no time to laugh. But in Imo, our case is different; the problem is not work, but hardship! The majority of our people are sad and angry, due to rising poverty, and Governor Okorocha knows that.  So any…

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