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February 22, 2017

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Ex-NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu allegedly claims $9.8m, £74, 000 found in his house were gifts

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has quoted a former Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, as saying the $9.8m and £74, 000 found in his house were gifts. Recall that operatives of the EFCC, had penultimate Thursday raided the home of Yakubu in Kaduna city where it discovered the huge sum. In a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency disclosed that the money was found in a hidden fire-proof safe. The spokesman noted that the raid of Yakubu’s house was sequel to an intelligence which the commission received,…

  • Economic woes: Stop blaming Jonathan, other past leaders – Catholic bishops tell Buhari

    Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Province have affirmed that there are no signs that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is truly working. The clerics noted that the hardship in the country was one of the reasons some persons were calling for the nation to break up. The bishops raised these concerns in a communiqué signed by its President, Most Reverend Gabriel Abegunrin and Secretary, Bishop John Oyejola at the end of its February meeting held at Oke Ado, Ibadan. The bishops in the communique enjoined the federal government to stop blaming the past administration for the current economic crisis in the country….

  • Imo is Marginalised… Okorocha laments

    Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, threw politics to the wind, on Tuesday, during a visit by Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and spoke earnestly about the marginalisation of Imo State and south east by the Federal Government. Okorocha, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), put his best foot forward on the occasion and surprised many, complaining seriously about the neglect of the South-East and absence of Federal Government projects in the region. He told Prof. Osinbajo that Imo-State, Ndigbo and the South- East had nothing to show for being part of Nigeria, despite their contributions to national growth…

FEATURES

Jewish/Igbo relationship: Jewish scientists storm Nnewi to conduct DNA test

Feb 12, 2017

Ikedife Hospital located along Igwe Orizu Road, Otolo-Nnewi, Anambra State is playing host to Jewish scientists, who are in Nnewi to conduct Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA, test on interested citizens there to determine the Jewish relationship with Igbos. Hundreds of people trooped out in their numbers, yesterday, to participate in DNA test to ascertain the validity of the claims that the Igbo migrated from that part of the world. As early as 7.00 am people had started arriving from every part of Igboland to take part in the cell screening exercise, while a few policemen were seen in the hospital premises…

Police display N111m cash INEC officials allegedly received from Rivers government

Feb 12, 2017

Police on Tuesday announced the recovery of more than N111 million from electoral officials alleged to have been bribed by Rivers state government. The money was part of the sum allegedly disbursed during the December 10 rerun polls for legislative elections in the state. An investigative panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police presented its report in Abuja. The panel said the money was recovered from 23 suspects allegedly bribed to rig the polls. Chairman of the panel, DCP Damian Okoro disclosed that,” the sum total of N111.3 million was recovered from 23 electoral officials out of N360m. ”Some…

How BVN fraudster duped woman in Orlu

Feb 12, 2017

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…

Buhari: Presidency reveals location of Nigeria’s leader

Feb 12, 2017

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, has urged Nigerians to dismiss speculations on the whereabouts of his principal. He stated that Buhari is at the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom and not in a hospital or a secret location. “I just spoke to the president’s personal doctor, and he told me President Buhari is not in any serious condition as to worry about,” Premium Times quoted him. “He is not in hospital. He is in the residence at the Nigerian High Commission.” He said Buhari was getting ready to return to…

JESUS CHRIST OUR TRUE AND BEST LOVER

Feb 11, 2017

The 14th February every Year has come to be known across the World as Valentine Day or Lover’s Day. For those who know that St. Valentine, a Catholic Priest, was martyred in the cause of approving and celebrating true married love among young people, the 14th February on which day St. Valentine was killed has now become a special day to remember a caring lover of young people and a promoter of genuine love, especially married love. For those who are just excited about the dream, idea and experience of love, Lover’s Day has become a day to dream, to…

Trump’s travel ban isn’t Islamophobic – UAE Foreign Minister

Feb 10, 2017

The United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister said President Donald Trump’s recent order barring citizens from seven countries to enter the country isn’t Islamophobic and doesn’t target a single religion. The order, which some media outlets have called a “Muslim ban,” isn’t actually that, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan told Al Jazeera TV. “The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision,” he said in Abu Dhabi, the Muslim-majority country’s capital. “There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect…

EVENT

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…

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…

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…

St. Eunan’s Parish Owalla visits Spiritual Year Seminary …Donates Foodstuff

Representatives of St. Eunan’s Catholic Church Owalla Avuvu Mbaitoli, Saturday February 11, 2017 visited the Assumpta Spiritual Year Seminary Ogbaku, bringing with them various kinds of foodstuffs and cash for the upkeep of the seminarians. The items donated include; tubers of yam, bag of beans, bags of garri,  kan of red oil, paints of egusi, crayfish, vegetables,  live Ram, heads of plantain, creates of egg, carton of detergent,  roll of medium sized tissue, cartons of indomie noodle, jars of palmwine. The delegation which was led by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Joachim Amadi comprised; the CMO President Mr. Solomon Young…

KSJI District 8 holds 2017 muster /inspection … Bear fruits of righteousness, love – Fr Ekwuagha

This year’s muster and grand inspection of the District 8 of  Owerri Grand Commendery of Knights of St John International – KSJI took place at the KSJI complex Owerri, Saturday February 4, 2017. The local commandaries which featured are: Holy Cross No 422 Owerri, Holy Family No 560 Izombe and Assumpta  No 655 Aladinma. The rest are St Benedict NO 777 Uratta, St Gregory NO.778 Onyeaghalanwanneya and St Michael’s  824 Atta. The Grand President Brig. Gen. (Prof) Ezekiel Ihionu, the Grand secretary, Col. T.K. Nwachukwu and other members of the Grand executive were present. The occasion started with Eucharistic celebration…

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…

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…

Emulate life of St John Bosco Assumpta CMO prayer group told

Members of St. John Bosco Prayer Group of the Catholic Men Organization, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri have been enjoined to emulate their patron saint, John Bosco. The Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere gave the charge on Sunday, when members of the prayer group celebrated the Feast of John Bosco Fr. Onyekwere said John Bosco was a priest of humble origin, who devoted his life to helping the youths, boys and girls who roamed the streets. The priest urged members of the prayer group and indeed all CMO members to help our youths especially in this period of hardship. “Find…

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….

Owerri Archdiocesan CBSN ends Leadership Training

A two-day Leadership Training of Catholic Bible Society, CBSN of Owerri Archdiocesan has ended at Stella Maris Catholic Church, Orodo in Mbaitoli Local Government Area. The two-day training with the them: “If Any Man Will Come After Me, Let Him Deny Himself, Take up His Cross and Follow Me,” which started on Friday, January 27, 2017 ended on Saturday, January 28, 2017 with a concelebrated Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Ernest Muforo assisted by his assistant, Rev. Fr. Henry Nwanguma. Welcoming the group, the Parish Priest. Fr. Muforo admonished members of the CBSN to always depend…

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…

Activists brainstorm on gender-based violence in South-East

Participants and stake holders drawn from the five Southern States of Abia, Anambra, Ebony, Enugu and Imo States converged at Owerri on Tuesday 17th January 2017 to brainstorm on gender based violence. The activists operating under the platform of a Non-governmental Organization “Rural Women Action Centre (RUWAC) in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Nigeria, canvassed for  views from the participants and resource persons on creation of awareness of the dehumanizing gender based violence with a view to curtailing its spread. The theme of the seminar was: “Institutionalization of e-based reporting of Gender Based Violence for prevention…