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June 18, 2018

Why I want to be governor of Imo State – Prof Jude Njoku

Jude Njoku

  The former Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Jude Njoku has declared interest in the Imo State governorship election.   The former Commissioner for Education disclosed this during a Press Conference at the NUJ Press Centre, Owerri, May 3. He encouraged journalists, as the watch dog of the society, to be part of the process of accessing the credibility of all governorship aspirants in the state. Prof. Njoku claimed that he is the most educated, knowledgeable, trusted, experienced, humble and easily accessible amongst all the aspirants in Imo State. The former Commissioner revealed that for Imo State…

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UPP blasts Okigwe traditional rulers for endorsing Buhari

… Condemns attack on Ohanaeze Ndigbo leader The United Progressive Party (UPP) has condemned in very strong terms, the recent statement endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for second term, by traditional rulers of Okigwe Zone. The party reminded such natural rulers and custodians of the people’s culture, norms and tradition, that they are expected to be neutral in politics. UPP’s great concern and embarrassment over the purported endorsement of Muhammadu Buhari for a second term by Okigwe Traditional rulers were contained in a release signed by the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Chris Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa). “We are pained…

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Why the North will still vote for Buhari in 2019 – Bishop Kukah

Bishop Kukah berates political class over primitive accumulation

  The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, speaks to TOBI AWORINDE on the socio-economic situation in the North, President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance and the forthcoming 2019 elections. You were one of those who vehemently opposed Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency from the outset. How would you describe the quality of leadership in Nigeria in the immediate past era? Vehemently opposed to Buhari? Where did you get this from? I think you were sold this dummy in the heydays of ecstasy, frenzy and euphoria of the Buhariphilia, who jumped out of every corner of Nigeria believing that their redemption was…

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Women, youths need to be engaged meaningfully through mechanized agriculture – Hon. Onwudiwe

It is gradually and steadily becoming obvious to every Nigerian that one of the most pitiable feats in the annals of the nation’s calendar since Independence was the nonchalant attitude and neglect the oil boom of the 70s brought to agriculture. And till this day, unarguably this ugly state of affairs has continued to take toll on the psyche of many, especially the youths. Despite the alarming rate of unemployment in the country, not many of them want to take up agriculture as a profession. Good number of them do not even think it is a worthwhile venture. They still…

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Full text of BBC interview of First Lady Aisha Buhari

BBC Hausa: It has been One and a half years since President Muhammadu Buhari came into power, a lot of people are expressing their unhappiness over the way few acquaintance of the President have hijacked power while neglecting people that work for his success. Like we have promised, here is how the interview with Aisha Buhari and Naziru Maka’ilu from Abuja goes. BBC Hausa: People have goodwill towards President Muhammadu Buhari, especially looking at the things he did before, but since coming into power things have not been working the way they should, what do you thing is the cause?…

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Worrisome state of roads in Imo at peak …Fr Okoro begs govt for urgent attention

It’s as if the present economic recession in the country is hitting the people of Imo State the worse. Agreed that in the last couple of months prices of commodities in the nation’s market have skyrocketed, subjecting every facets of socio-economic life to hyper-capital intensive. Yet, the expression of concern by  Imo indigenes and residents over the poor, state of roads across the state has no doubt becomes an added pain. At Ezeogba Emekuku, Owerri North LGA, about five kilometers from Owerri, the Imo State capital, having seen pedestrians and motorists alike continued in their strenuous search in accessing the…

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What Catholic Bishops discussed with Buhari on 2015 elections

President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, has opened up on the forthcoming general elections, saying that what the CBCN is concerned about is that things are done peacefully. Bishop Kaigama who spoke with Saturday Sun Correspondent AIDOGHIE PAULINUS in Abuja, also touched on the meeting between Catholic Bishops and the Presidential Candidates of All Progressives Congress, Major-Gen Mohammadu Buhari.   Is the CBCN not worried about the poll shit and the insinuation that the elections may not even hold? Initially, everyone was wondering why the shift, but with hindsight now, you can see that…

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The Nightmare of Boko Haram: My Story (2) – Rev. Fr. Lawrence Ike CMF

The Leader: In a more detailed way, what is your experience with Boko Haram? Fr. Law: Ok my experience with Boko Haram took place exactly one year of my arrival to the diocese. I arrived on the 7th day of September 2013, and on the 7th of September 2014, I was just having mass in on of my out stations and then during consecration,  a young man passed on his motor bike and shouted at the people in the church that Boko Haram people are near us. He shouted “what are you people still doing in the church”. Before I…

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The Nightmare of Boko Haram: My Story – Rev. Fr. Lawrence Ike CMF

Recently The Leader interviewed Rev. Fr. Law Ike, a priest of the Claretian Missionary Order who was on mission in the Catholic diocese of Maidugiri Borno State – a hot bed for the dreaded Islamist sect Boko Haram. In this Interview Fr. Lawrence shares his experiences being a missionary in the Boko Haram territory of Borno State. He was lucky to escape with his life back to Eastern Nigeria   The Leader:  In which Diocese are you working? Fr. Law: Ok father, I am working in the Diocese of Maiduguri Bornu state but it cuts across three    states: Bornu, Adamawa…

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Nigeria is a cesspool of corruption – Josephine Anenih

■Ex-minister wants corrupt officials killed Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Iyom Josephine Anenih is an interviewer’s delight any day. Not only does she speak the truth as she sees it, she is also convincing when explaining her position on issues. In this interview with KEMI YESUFU, she speaks on the recently concluded National Delegates Conference during which she advocated death penalty for corrupt government officials. Anenih equally spoke on how money politics and women’s lukewarm attitude to female aspirants robbed her of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for last year’s governorship election in Anambra State. She…

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I’m the bonafide Obi of Obinugwu –Eze Nwangwu

Recently, Governor Rochas Oko­rocha of Imo State deposed Eze Cletus Ilomuanya as the Obi of Obinugwu. In his stead, the governor installed Eze Stanley Sim­eon Nwangwu. Since then, controver­sies have trailed the action. In this inter­view, Eze Nwangwu stakes his right to the stool. The 78-year-old monarch also takes on Eze Ilomuanya, saying that the latter had single-handedly written the constitution of the Obinugwu and im­posed it on the community to make him­self the monarch. He spoke to GEORGE ONYEJIUWA in Owerri. Excerpts: It has been alleged by people of Obinugwu that you are actually from Ndianiche in Arondizuogu and…

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Archbishop of Jos Speaks on Boko Haram, Living With Fear and Faith in Nigeria Explains ‘Dialogue of Life’ With Muslims

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, President of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, recently spent a few days in New York—a brief respite from his increasingly violence-ridden country, where the jihadists of Boko Haram continue to kill indiscriminately, Muslims and Christians alike.   Within the span of a week in late July, the group set off two bombs that killed 100; an assault on a Catholic church in the city of Kano left five dead; and, in a highly disturbing development, young girls as young as 10 are becoming suicide bombers. Meanwhile, July 30 marked the 100th day since Boko Haram’s kidnapping…

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Imo State Polytechnic: My story, my journey (3)

Interview with Rev. Fr.  Dr. Wence Madu – Rector, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo   There have been visible changes and eloquent innovations at the Imo State Polytechnic  Umuagwo. The Editor of The Leader newspaper was granted an exclusive interview recently by the Rector of the institution Rev. Fr. Dr. Wence Madu where  he spoke extensively  about his vision, challenges and dreams for the polytechnic.   Q.  Do you feel the education system in this country needs some reforms?   A. The education system needs urgent reform.  Emphasis on paper qualifications has not helped.  Over the years we have had a…

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Imo State Polytechnic: My story, my journey (2)

Interview with  Rev. Fr.  Dr. Wenceslaus Madu – Rector, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo   Q. Since the focus is on skills and technology, is there any synergy between you and FUTO since this is the only University of Technology around here?   A. Yes, we have collaboration Memorandum of Understanding MOU with the Federal University of Technology Owerri. In fact, in one of our products that could hit the market very soon, which is the collaboration between the Imo State Polytechnic, the Federal University of Technology Owerri on the one  side and the Technical University of Munich Germany.  We are…

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Imo State Polytechnic: My story, my journey (1)

Interview with Rev. Fr.  Dr. Wencenslaus Madu – Rector, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo There have been visible changes and eloquent innovations at the Imo State Polytechnic  Umuagwo. The Editor of The Leader newspaper was granted an exclusive interview recently by the Rector of the institution Rev. Fr. Dr. Wence Madu . where  he spoke extensively  about his vision, challenges and dreams for the polytechnic. Q.      How did you feel when you were appointed as rector of Imo State Polytechnic? A.      It was in November 2011. So it was at the instance of His Excellency, Governor Rochas Okoro to appoint me,…

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Interview with Pope Francis A Big Heart Open to God (7)

“Talking with Pope Francis is a kind of volcanic flow of ideas that are bound up with each other.”         Art and Creativity I am struck by the reference the pope just made to Puccini’s “Turandot” while speaking of the mystery of hope. I would like to understand better his artistic and literary references. I remind him that in 2006 he said that great artists know how to present the tragic and painful realities of life with beauty. So I ask who are the artists and writers he prefers, and if they have something in common.   “I have really…

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Interview with Pope Francis: A Big Heart Open to God (6)

“Talking with Pope Francis is a kind of volcanic flow of ideas that are bound up with each other.” * The Second Vatican Council   “What did the Second Vatican Council accomplish?” I ask. “Vatican II was a re-reading of the Gospel in light of contemporary culture,” says the pope. “Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has been a service to the people as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation. Yes, there are hermeneutics of continuity…

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A Big Heart Open to God (5)

“Talking with Pope Francis is a kind of volcanic flow of ideas that are bound up with each other.”   Editor’s Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La CiviltàCattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. Father Spadaro conducted the interview on behalf of La CiviltàCattolica,America and several other major Jesuit journals around the world. The editorial teams at each of the journals prepared questions and sent them to Father Spadaro, who then consolidated and organized…

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Interview with Pope Francis: A Big Heart Open to God (4)

“Talking with Pope Francis is a kind of volcanic  flow of ideas that are bound up with each other.”   *    The Church as Field Hospital Pope Benedict XVI, in announcing his resignation, said that the contemporary world is subject to rapid change and is grappling with issues of great importance for the life of faith. Dealing with these issues requires strength of body and soul, Pope Benedict said. I ask Pope Francis: “What does the church need most at this historic moment? Do we need reforms? What are your wishes for the church in the coming years? What kind…

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Making Money for Government and Smiling

Politics is not for Lilian Asuzu until she hangs her hat as a civil servant. Then, you can check her out on any political platform – the lucky party isn’t known yet. It may be DPP, PCA, PUGA or any other.  But until then, you cannot draw the soft-spoken, conscientious permanent secretary into any public political banter or debate. She’s keeping it close to her chest for now. Like most top civil servants, hers is to support the Government of the day until she hangs her boots. Former Head of Service Mrs. Nkechi Onumajulu made that clear in her interview…

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