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February 22, 2017

Learn how to say, ‘I’m sorry’ – Priest charges Christians

Christian’s have been charged to always accept their mistakes and apologize for them. The Parish Priest of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, New Owerri, Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha gave this advice in his sermon during 2nd Saturday CMO Mass. Making reference to the 1st Reading (Gen. 3:1-8), Msgr. Akagha said, Adam should have accepted responsibility for eating the fruit of which God commanded him not to eat, instead of shifting the blame to Eve, and Eve shifting it further to Serpent. Reflecting on the actions of Adam and Eve, Msgr. Akagha observed that many people have a hard time uttering, ‘I’m…

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Pa Aloy Uchegbu exits at 101 years …Bishop Amatu wants faith, parishes grow pari-passu

The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. S.A. Amatu has described the increasing number of parishes as positive development in the Church. The prelate made the observation as he preached a homily at the requiem Mass for Late Pa Aloysius Obialor Anyanwu Uchegbu (a.k.a Little Chocolate) held recently at St. Peter’s parish-in-building Mgbam Agbaja Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State. He however noted with regret that the zeal and candour with which the faithful in Catholic communities pursue the actualization of parish status dwindle as soon as they actualized their aim. The prelate spoke in reflection on the life…

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Holy Family Izombe celebrates Youth Cultural Festival/Carnival

It was excitement galore at Holy Family Izombe in Oguta L.G.A, Imo State as parishioners, their friends and well-wishers were on Sunday January 8, 2017 entertained with a cultural festival/carnival by the Parish branch of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON). The occasion which attracted dignitaries particularly parents and friends, started with a Holy Mass presided by Rev. Fr. C.K. Anyanwu and assisted by Rev. Fr. Fabian Ikewuba. In his sermon, Rev. Fr. Fabian started with heart lifting praise song. He thanked the Lord for the gift of the day, and described the youth as the pillars of the…

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How BVN fraudster duped woman in Orlu

Bank Verification Number – BVN is a biometric identification system introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria to curb or reduce illegal banking transactions in Nigeria. It is a modern security measure in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria Decree to reduce fraud in the Nigeria banking system. Most bank managements always caution their customers to avoid the disclosure of their BVN to anyone. A teacher in one of the primary schools in Orlu (name withheld) was last Sunday thrown into a state of confusion after receiving an  alert from the bank she operates that a withdrawal has been…

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Principals, heart-beat of education – Sir Ogu … As Nze Amaku hands over to new ANCOPSS exco

Nze Godwin Amaku, the immediate past president of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, Imo State branch handed over the mantle of leadership, assets and liabilities of the confederation to the new executive of the organization led by Bro. Cyprain Ogu (KSM) on Tuesday  January  31, 2017. In his valedictory speech, prelude to the handover of assets and liabilities to the new executive.  The former president did an appraisal of the leadership of ANCOPSS under his leadership, evaluating the performance of the executives; he appreciated the scribe, comrade A. E. Uzonu for working assiduously and going extra mile…

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Priestly Golden Jubilee Celebration – Msgr. Nwokocha expresses gratitude

Very Rev. Msgr. Dr. Celestine Amaraegbu Nwokocha has expressed profound gratitude to all and sundry who made out time to attend and all who contributed in one way or the other to the successful celebration of his 50th anniversary of Priestly Ordination  which was held on Saturday 17th December 2016 at St. Paul’s Satelite Parish Umuezeala-ama, Ehime Mbano, Imo State. Very Rev. Msgr. Nwokocha made his feelings known during a post anniversary media chat in his office recently. His gratitude goes to Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. S.A. Amatu, the Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Most Rev. L.I. Ugorji for…

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Catholic faith in Umuguma clocks 100 …Early missionaries extolled

It was glitz and excitement all the way at Umuguma Owerri West LGA when the Catholic community, their friends and well-wishers rallied in their colorful outfit at St. Michael’s Catholic Church to bring to climax the long awaited centenary anniversary of their christian faith, February 1, 2017. The epic event which featured sacrament of confirmation, blessing of new tabernacle and grotto among other things started with a Eucharistic celebration. His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri was the chief celebrant, and he was at the Mass with retinue of other priests, including indigenous and former parish priests….

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DG Imo Community Watch advises Opara Imo 2016 Winner, Others

The Director General Imo Community Watch, Pastor Frank Onwumere has congratulated the winner of the 2016 Opara Imo contest, Mr. Frank Onwumere jnr,  other winners of the competition and advised them to live up to expectation. Pastor Onwumere gave the advise while interacting with The Leader in his office recently at Ikemba Ojukwu Centre, Owerri. He observed that the contestants were drawn from the 27 local government areas of the state. The number of the contestants for the 2016 Opara and Ada Imo beauty pageant was recorded as 1018 participants. He expressed happiness that after a rigorous exercise to select…

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Leave golden impressions behind – KSJI Grand President urges FUTO VC

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Prof Francis Chukwuemeka Eze has been advised to go about his duties in such a manner as would leave golden impressions of his tenure behind, after he had left office. The advice was given by the Grand President of the Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John International KSJI, Brig-Gen (Prof) Ezechiel Ihionu recently when he led the Grand officers on a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor. Noble Ihionu urged Prof Eze to approach his responsibilities in the spirit of John the Baptist, the patron saint of…

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Register only at JAMB accredited centres for safety, authenticity – CPAN advises Imo JAMB candidates

The Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre Proprietors Association of Nigeria – CPAN, Imo State chapter has alerted JAMB candidates and the public of the “illegal activities of unaccredited business houses, defrauding unsuspecting members of the public huge sums of money by selling fake 2017 JAMB registration forms and other fraudulent practices.” Addressing a press conference at Data Tech Headquarters Owerri, on Wednesday, the Chairman of CPAN, Imo State, Comr. Chidiebere Egboh, described the activities of the fraudsters who run unauthorized business outfits in Imo State as dangerous with grave consequences likely to destroy the future of Imo citizens. Comr. Egboh…

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Don’t shut the door of mercy Msgr. Akagha appeals to Catholics

Christians have been reminded that the Year of Mercy which ended on November 20, 2016 does not mean that works of mercy have ended. The Parish Priest of St Marks Catholic Church New Owerri, Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha gave this explanation in his homily on Sunday, January 29. Reflecting on the Eight Beatitudes, Msgr. Akagha laid emphasis on Mercy – “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”. He said there was no other time to show mercy to others than now that things are very difficult in Nigeria and even appear worse in Imo State. “The call for…

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Imo Information Commissioner visits The Leader

…Sues for better Understanding, Communication …The Leader promises to continue to say the truth For two hours Monday, Commissioner of Information, Tourism and Public Utilities Engr. Obinna Nshirim and The Leader rubbed minds with each other in a bid to find ways of improving their relationship. The Commissioner who paid a courtesy call on The Leader, said the newspaper must clap for Government sometimes to celebrate its achievements. But the editor, Fr. Ray Nzereogu informed the commissioner it does not work that way. “If in every edition we praise the governor, we won’t be doing him any good. If we…

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CYON Amuzi Obowo constructs round-about with directional signs at Ogbotoukwu

Catholic youths of St. Mary’s Parish Amuzi, Ikenanzizi Obowo – CYON have constructed a round-about with reflective signs directing commuters to their various destinations, linking the community  to Aguneze, Isinweke, Etiti, Orieagu, Umuahia, Umuosinta and Okponkwume in Ihitte Uboma, Obowo and Ehime Mbano LGAs  respectively. The Catholic youths led by Joseph  Iroh said  that they decided to embark on the project in the overall interest of motorists and road users.  He posited that often, road users miss their routes  as a result of the non-existence of the traffic guide along the ever busy junction that links several communities together. The…

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Bishop Ukwuoma visits St. Joseph’s Mgbidi …Commends parishioner for restoring peace

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma has commended the entire Mgbidi Catholic Community on the manner they handled and resolved the problem that erupted among the Catholic faithful in the area. Bishop Ukwuoma made the commendation at a two day pastoral visit to St. Joseph’s parish, Mgbidi in Oru-West L.G.A of Imo State. The prelate during his homily described his visit as an official assignment, which the church has mandated bishops to embark on from time to time in all the parishes within their jurisdiction. He maintained that it is the same gospel and message that condemn…

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How trigger–happy graduate killed youth in Ehime Mbano

The twilight of 2016 brought tears, anger and desolation to the family of late Abbah Iwuji, native of Umueze Ukwuubia, Ezeala/Ezike Autonomous  Community, Ehime Mbano LGA as a reprisal attack from irate youths from Ogbor, Ihitteaforukwu Ahiazu Mbaise LGA has left the family of seven homeless and desolate as the rampaging youths completely decimated their residence beyond redemption before setting it ablaze. Trouble started on the eve of the 2016 Iwa Akwa (Traditional wearing cloth ceremony) at Amaudara Umualumaku Umueze Autonomous Community when a suspected cultist, (name withheld), a graduate of a university in Imo State shot  one Mr  Chukwunaenye…

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Wake up, defend your faith – Fr. Okoro charges Christians

Christ’s faithful have been charged to wake up and defend their faith wherever it is threatened. This charge was given by the parish priest of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Emekuku Owerri, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro, while preaching the homily at a Eucharistic celebration, Sunday January 29, 2017. The occasion was the First Quarterly meeting for 2017 of the Owerri-Ngor Okpala Fraternity of Knights of St. John International (KSJI). Fr. Okoro reminded Christians, that considering the numerous unjustified attacks on them in some parts of the country, it was time to bring out their swords in defence of their faith,…

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Ngor-Okpala students celebrate cultural day …honour Fr. Nwachukwu, Others

It was  celebration galore as members of National Association of Ngor-Okpala Students (NANS), Federal Polytechnic Nekede Chapter, converged at the Municipal Council of Ngor – Okpala L.G.A. to celebrate their 2016 cultural day and launching of the second  edition of their magazine, “Oji Ngor – Okpala”. The occasion featured different cultural displays and conferment of award on some distinguished indigenes of   Ngor – Okpala. The occasion was honoured by many dignitaries including Hon.  Prince Obinna A. Egu, member representing Ngor – Okpala State Constituency, HRH Eze B. Obirieze, Chairman Council of Ndi Eze Ngor – Okpala, Mr.  Agaptus Ozurumba Chief…

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PG Cautions IMSU students against bad company, cultism … As Owerri Students mark Cultural Day

Activities marking the cultural day celebration of the Federation of Owerri Students, Imo State University Owerri have ended at the institution, Saturday January 25. The annual celebration by the Federation of Owerri Students comprising, students of Owerri Municipal, Owerri North and Owerri West L.G.A. provided the students a platform for cultural reawakening and exhibition of their cultural heritage. Speaking at the event, the interim President General of Owerri Communities Assembly, Chief Sir Dr.Christian Oweaya Anukam (Agbawodikizu) extolled the students for keeping alive their cultural heritage, adding that it was for this reason that he came to show solidarity with them….

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Family marks one year memorial of late Sir C.I. Ajaegbu

Just like yesterday but it’s already one year since Sir Christopher Ifeanyi Ajaegbu (KSJI, JP) departed this vale of tears; yet tears remain unabated in the eyes of his loved ones, even as relatives, colleagues and friends joined his family in the memorial Mass held Sunday 25th December, 2016, at St. Peter’s Parish in-building Umuduru Isiala Mbano Imo State. Host parish priest, Fr. Francis Ihemeneke presided. Worshippers included Lady Angela Ajaegbu, LAUX JP (wife), Barr Mrs. Ogechi Uja (nee Ajaegbu) daughter, Mrs. Chinenye Uzoukwu (daughter), Mrs. Eberechi Ailbe (daughter), Mr. Mac-Anthony Chimezie (son). Others include, Barr Obiajulu Uja, Mr. Ikechukwu…

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Imo Principals brainstorm on poor funding … As ANCOPSS Inaugurates New Exco

The All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS, Imo State chapter held its Quadrennial Congress in Owerri on Friday 20th January 2017 with a brainstorming session on “Poor funding: a major threat to the successful implementation of free and qualitative education in Nigeria,” presented by Dr. Benadette Nze, the guest lecturer. The guest lecturer decried the non-inclusion of education in the  10 – point road map for economic recovery agenda of the federal government.  She concurs with the theme of the lecture that poor funding of education has become an albatross and a major threat to the free…

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