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March 23, 2017

No future for Biafra – France … It’s not true – MASSOB

The French Government has stated that there is no future for Biafra. It said there is no support for those agitating for the secession of any part of Nigeria. France Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer told the Guardian, that his home country would not in anyway work with any group agitating for the division of the nation. He said France was working with Nigeria and supporting it as a country. “We are working with Nigeria and we are supporting it as the only country. This is absolutely clear and I don’t think there is any kind of future for Biafra….

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Okorocha to handover Imo General Hospitals to Mission, Military

Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha will handover some of the General Hospitals the government is building in the 27 Local Government Areas of the state to the church. Governor Okorocha disclosed this during interactive session with journalists in his residence on Tuesday. Governor Okorocha said that apart from the Church, the Armed Forces will also take over some of the hospitals. Unveiling modalities for the handover of the health institutions, he said the Aboh-Mbaise General Hospital or the Ahiazu Mbaise General  Hospital may be handed over to the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara Mbaise as a Catholic Hospital. Other denominations…

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President abandons official residence, blames evil spirit

President Michel Temer of Brazil has blamed bad vibes and even ghosts for driving him out of Alvorada Palace, his official residence. According to Brazilian News Weekly, Temer surprised many people when he announced that he has left the presidential palace. Alongside his former beauty queen wife and seven-year-old son, he relocated down the road to the residence of the vice-president. The modernist Alvorada, which means Dawn and was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, would be a dream home for many. It has a huge pool, football field, chapel, medical centre and vast lawn. But Temer, 76, and his…

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Holy Rosary Int’l College, Holy Ghost College win sports trophies … Present cups to Archbishop Obinna

The students of Holy Rosary International College and Holy Ghost College Owerri stormed Assumpta Cathedral on March 11 with jubilation to make a formal presentation of the trophies they won at the just concluded Milo Basketball Competition, held in Owerri to their Proprietor, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri. Speaking while receiving the trophies, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna congratulated the champions and urged them to equally translate their sporting spirit into their academic life so that they will be all round champions. He urged them to win more sporting laurels, especially at the national level. Finally,…

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Release Nnamdi Kanu, others now …Catholic Bishops

Nigerian Catholic Bishops have expressed displeasure and are frowning over the continued detention of Biafra agitator Nnamdi Kanu and others when the courts have said they should be released. A communiqué issued at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), and signed by Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, President and Most Rev. William A. Avenya, Secretary, the bishops rebuked the Federal Government for holding people captive when the law has set them free or granted them bail. “While urging the government to uphold the rule of law by obeying court orders especially in…

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Gov Ortom gives herdsmen 48 hours to leave Benue community

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku Local Government Area of the state a 48 hour ultimatum to leave the area. Ortom gave the order on Monday in Tombo-Mbalagh after assessing the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen. The visit followed the weekend attacks by the herdsmen. Ortom said that he had directed security agencies as a matter of urgency to lead herdsmen out of the area for peace to reign. He said the herdsmen must leave since they were not welcomed by the unarmed inhabitants of the area. Ortom appealed to the people…

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Prayer alone cannot save Nigeria – CBCN President Urges Christians to pray for Buhari

The President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has debunked the frequent statement by some Nigerian leaders that, “Only prayer can solve the problems of Nigeria.” In his opening address at the first plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria held at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral Abuja, March 7, Bishop Kaigama said: “The statement may be true in one sense but in another it is not only a fallacy but a passing of the buck”. Insisting that prayer and good works must go together, the bishop cautioned Nigerian leaders not to abandon their…

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Staggering 212,266 court cases pending in Imo Judiciary – Chief Judge

A whopping 212,266 cases are pending in the Imo State judiciary, consisting of the High Court, the Customary Court of Appeal, Magistrate Court and Customary Court. The cases include Civil, Criminal and Miscellaneous lawsuits. The Chief Judge of Imo State, Hon Justice P.O. Nnadi disclosed this in his speech at the opening of 2016/2017 Legal Year ceremony held Feb. 27. A breakdown of the staggering figure shows that a total of 116,898 cases were pending at the High Courts as at September 30, 2016; 78,581 were pending at the Magistrate Courts, 710 at the Customary Court of Appeal and 16,077…

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Vampire’s juju man arrested … I prepared charms for his escape from prison – suspect

A few days after policemen killed Henry Chibueze, aka Vampire, the most wanted kidnapper in the South East and South South, his medicine man has been nabbed. The juju priest, Iweajuo Gad, was arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligience Response Team, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abba Kyari, in Asoeme town Aba, Abia State. He was picked during the raid by the operatives on his shrine. A senior police officer, who spoke to The Sun Newspaper on the condition of anonymity, said Gad, 55, was a trusted juju man for Vampire and prepared protective charms,…

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Why South Africans attack Nigerians, other nationals – Envoy

The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Lulu Mnguni, says the root cause of attacks by citizens of his country on Nigerians and other nationals was the believe that their means of livelihood was under threat. The envoy spoke in reaction to fresh xenophobic violence in South Africa. Recall that President Jacob Zuma has condemned the attacks, warning that he would not condone the situation. Mnguni, who said the solution to the crisis was being mapped out, assured that his country does not hate other nationals. His words: “The root cause can be viewed more as social challenges that…

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Notorious kidnapper, Vampire shot dead

Notorious kidnapper, Henry Chibueze, otherwise known as Vampire has met his waterloo. The bandit, who escaped from prison custody on January 27, 2017, when some gunmen believed to be his gang members invaded the Owerri High Court in Imo State and rescued him, was killed in a gun duel with the police. It was gathered that the 30-year-old suspect was killed around 1:30am Thursday, when operatives from the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, who were deployed to Imo State, by the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, engaged his group in a gun duel. He was trailed to his…

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Pope Francis makes historic visit to Anglican Church – Presides over service

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome. He made the visit to All Saints Anglican Church in the heart of Rome for the parish’s 200th anniversary, using the historic occasion in which he presided over an evensong service to press for greater closeness after centuries of mistrust, prejudices and hostility between the Catholics and Anglicans. During the visit, the pope also blessed an image of Christ the Savior which was commissioned for the anniversary. Francis and the Anglican bishop in Europe, Robert Innes, prayed side-by-side in the All Saints Church not…

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Ordination: Archbishop Obinna ordains 2 priests, 12 deacons for Owerri Archdiocese

Assumpta Cathedral and its premises on Friday 24th February resonated with joy as a mammoth  crowd gathered to witnessed the ordination of their brothers and friends.  The day witnessed the priestly ordination of Frs. Wisdom Offurum and Valentine Ibe, and the diaconate ordination of Revs… Achugwo David, Agwulonu Eustace, Asoluka Victor, Eluchie Leslie, Ngere Francise, Nnanabu Emmanuel, Obijuru Justin, Ogbonna Cornelius,  Okea Boniface, Okeke Johnpaul, Uzoigwe Chiaka, and Uzoigwe Cosmas by his Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna. In his homily, the Archbishop recounted that God sent Jesus Christ among men with the mission of saving man from the world…

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Naira now worst currency in Africa under Buhari – Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of making the Naira the worst currency in Africa. Ekweremadu said the economy had suffered more crisis under the new government than any government. Ekweremadu stated this at the Peoples Democratic Party’s national stakeholders’ meeting held at the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, on Monday. He was quoted by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, as saying, “They told us that one US dollar would be one naira when they take over. Has that happened? “Today, our currency is the worst…

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Army needs spiritual support to finish Boko Haram war – Bishop Oliver Dashe

Most Rev. Oliver Dashe, the Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese on Sunday urged Nigerians to offer prayers to the military to consolidate its successes in the current war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East. Dashe stated this at the inauguration of Patrons and Grand Patrons at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri. He said although the military had recorded success in the operations, it needed spiritual help to crush the insurgents finally. Dashe said, however, that the military must get engaged in constant prayers as the Boko Haram war required more than…

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Robert Mugabe’ll win next election even as a corpse – Wife

Grace, the wife of Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, has stated that her husband would win even as a corpse in the next year’s poll. Mugabe, who turned 93 on Tuesday, has slowed down on public engagements, while his 51-year-old wife has become increasingly visible in political circles. Grace made the declaration while addressing a rally of the governing Zanu-PF party in Buhera, south-east of the capital Harare on Friday. “One day when God decides that Mugabe dies, we will have his corpse appear as a candidate on the ballot paper. “You will see people voting for Mugabe as a corpse….

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Police foil bank robbery in Owerri … Kill one robber

Barely one month after a gang of hoodlums stormed Owerri High court and snatched a notorious kidnap suspect in broad-day light; another gang of armed robbers stormed a new generation bank along Wethedral Road Owerri  on Wednesday, Februay 22, with intent to snatch a large quantity of money. But the gunmen were not that lucky this time around as one of them fell to the superior firepower of the police. Though there are several versions of the account, the police said only the robbery suspect was killed during the operation while three police men sustained gunshot injuries. A press release…

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FMC workers jubilate as Dr Uwakwem steps down … Call off strike

Peace returned to the Federal Medical Centre Owerri – FMC on Monday 20th February 2017 as the national and state leadership of Joint Health Sector Unions Nigeria (JOHESU) led by Comrades Biobelimoye Joy Josiah and Comrade Nzenwata Francis, stormed the Health facility, intimating staff and management of the decision of the Federal Ministry of Health, interdicting Dr. Mrs Angela Uwakwem, the Medical Director of the Centre. According to Comrade Biobelimoye Joy Josiah, the national leadership of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) had approached an Abuja High Court on a case of mandamus preferred against the Federal Ministry of Health, compelling…

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Religion is NOT the Problem: Revisiting Prof. Soyinka’s Stigmatization of Religion (2)

True enough, there are causes of violence impeded in some religious beliefs and elements. This does not mean, however, that there is a direct link between religion and violence. Because to hold the view linking religion with violence is to obscure authentic thought about people’s belief in the One True God, who is the Creator and Father of us all. The purity of religious faith in the One True God must therefore, be always recognized as the principle and source of Love between human beings. This observation is important because it helps to correct the wrong impression created in some…

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There’s hunger, poverty in Nigeria – Speaker House of Reps …Inflation hits 18.72%

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday admitted there is hunger and poverty in Nigeria. Speaking in Abuja, the Speaker acknowledged that Nigerians can no longer cater for their needs in the face of the prevailing economic situation. He, however, assured that the legislature is working towards alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians. Dogara said, “Going by the report of the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, economic recession is already with us. “The double quarters of negative growth, high level of inflation, worsening purchasing power of the Naira and the increasing levels of unemployment are all strong indicators that…

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