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August 15, 2018

Why Political merger cannot work in Nigeria – Japhet Anyanwu

National Leader of a non-governmental organization known as “Rebuild Nigeria Initiative” Chief Japhet Anyanwu has criticized the merger plan by minority parties who desire having a mega-party that will challenge the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 general elections. According to him, in the 60’s, merger plans between the NPC and NCNC collapsed because the arrangement had no ideological base. He further posits that the proposed alliance between Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NPP) and defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the second republic failed because of selfishness of the leaders who want power at all cost. The ulterior motive…

Newly elected Eze Irete recommends Option A4 -To Ezeship-torn communities

Communities which for years have known no socio-economic progress, as a result of being enmeshed in intractable internal strife over their royal stool, can now heave a sigh of relief as an incontrovertible way out, has been found.  The solution lies in Option A4 system of voting, which has been described as most transparent, as it simply involves counting those queuing behind each candidate in an open field. This recommendation came from His Royal Highness, Eze Ethelbert Ekwelibe, the Agubiam I of Irete, who personally emerged through the Option A4 method on Wednesday, June 20, 2013, when he pulled 1110…

House of horror: Silence grips home of Ngor Okpala poison victims

The house of the victims of the food poison in Egbelu, Nguru Umuowa community in Ngor Okpala was almost scary; the silence around the house was frightening as even fowls in the compound felt the impact of the cold hands of death.  Our reporter,  who visited the deserted house said that it took the courage of a journalist to come close to the house where the meal that wiped out the family of eight stood above. Few villagers who walked across the compound took a conscious glance at the home of the Nwosus as if to say, “Woe betides this…

St. Columba’s Parish Agbaghara-Nsu confers “Ezi Nwanwa” Award

The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of St. Columba’s Parish Agbaghara Nsu, Ehime Mbano LGA, recently conferred the “Ezi Nwanwa” award on eight illustrious nephews whose mothers originated from the community. In his homily at the Mass preceding the awards, Very Rev. Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu, Parish Priest elucidated that the feast of Pentecost goes along with the seven gifts that bring succor to humanity. Rev. Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Dr. S. Okeke the resident Priest and Rev. Fr. Adolphus Ofokpara posits that the spirit of God exist in man and when the spirit exit from man, the…

St. Hilary’s Parish rolls out the drums – As Archbishop inaugurates parish

It was jubilation galore throughout Amaukwu Orodo in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, Sunday, June 2, 2013 when the entire community: Catholics and non-Catholics, men and women, youths and children, trooped out in their thousands to celebrate the inauguration of St. Hilary’s Catholic Parish, Amaukwu Orodo. The occasion which marked the maiden pastoral visit of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna to that church also, featured the administration of the Sacrament of confirmation on 47 candidates (10 boys and 37 girls). It would be recalled that the parish which was carved out…

CMO Sacred Heart Parish Akwakuma honours 10

The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Akwakuma, Owerri North LGA has bestowed prestigious Honourary Awards on 10 of their members in appreciation of their continued selfless services to the parish. Among those Honoured were: Chief Sir Tonny Nnadi, Sir Anene Ogidi (KSM), Sir Eusebius Egbuacho (KSM) and Chief R.N. Onyewuenyi. Others are: Engr. C.C. Ihezukwu, Chief Leo Dike, Sir Albert Oragba (KSM), Engr. K.C. Nganna and Sir Henry Okoroafor (KSM). The brief but colourful ceremony took place as part of the activities marking the ”Father’s Day Celebration” held on Sunday 5th May, 2013. The event,…

Ihedioha restates commitment of NASS to Rural Development

.. flags off N6.2b road project in Mbaise Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha has assured that the National Assembly (NASS) would continue to appropriate funds to complete all projects initiated for execution in all parts of the country. He however warned that this would be contingent upon the cooperation and support of the benefiting states LGAs and communities to the contractors executing such projects. Chief Ihedioha gave the assurance weekend, while flagging off the construction of 30km Mbaise Ring Road estimated at nearly N6.2billion. The road project, which according to him cuts across the 25…

Okorocha’s Administration and the Zenith Bank Loan Scandal

Not too long ago, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) wrote a petition to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) accusing Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and his team of taking an unauthorized loan that runs into many billions of naira from Zenith Bank using the monthly allocations for the 27 local government councils in the state as collateral for the loan. Consequently, the Imo State Commissioner for Finance, Deacon Chike Okafor and the Accountant General of the state, Mr. George Eche were arrested and detained by the EFCC in relation of the accusation. These government…

St. Jude’s Society applauds Sir F.O. Njoku

Former Chairman of CMO Assumpta Parish Owerri, Chief F.O. Njoku has received kudos from members of St. Jude Society Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State. The appreciation by members of St. Jude’s Society is sequel to the investiture of Chief Ferdinand Njoku as Nnaoha and Patron of Assumpta Parish CMO which was held at Assumpta Cathedral recently. In his homily at the Mass preceding the investiture, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha, Cathedral Administrator of Assumpta Parish urged the rich to reduce poverty in the society by empowering the poor, the weak, the oppressed, the elderly, the widows and the orphans so…

NIGERIAN GOVERNORS FORUM: WHICH WAY NOW?

When the Chief Executives of the 36 states of the federation formed the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) soon after the return to civil rule in 1999, Nigerians welcomed the idea as a laudable development capable of strengthening the then fledging nascent democracy. The Forum, as a coalition of the elected governors is a non-partisan association which seeks to promote unity in governance and better understanding among states to ensure a healthy and beneficial relationship between the states and other tiers of government.  It is on record that the Forum has played useful role at certain critical moments of crisis in…

Killing of Ndigbo: Enough is Enough – Ohaneze Ndigbo warns

The apex ethno Igbo organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo has warned that continued killing of innocent Nigerians especially of Igbo extraction in Northern Nigeria might no longer be business as usual for the murderous crusaders hiding under the cloak of Boko Haram. The warning came from the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Imo State Chapter, Hon. Dr. Emeka Sam Ukaegbu who spoke in an interview with THE LEADER in a public function at St. Anthony’s Parish Inyishi Ikeduru, Imo State recently. Dr. Ukaegbu who observed with grief that the way things are happening in Nigeria particularly the way and manner the Igbos are…

SOLAD distributes Governor’s free Uniforms to School

Hon. Lady Chioma Ogoke, Sole Administrator, Ehime-Mbano LGA. On Friday May 24th 2013 distributed school uniforms to both primary and secondary schools in the area. The school uniforms for girls and boys, procured by the State Government from abroad are part and parcel of the free education programme currently going on in the state. Heads of schools in the Council Area which comprise 58 primary schools and 66 secondary schools in Ehime Mbano LGA collected the uniforms on behalf of their students and pupils. In an address at the handover ceremony, Lady Chioma Ogoke paid glowing encomiums on the State…

St. Mary’s Parish Ubomiri, celebrates 2013 Father’s Day

The annual celebration of Catholic Men Organization (CMO) known as “Father’s Day” took place throughout Owerri Archdiocese on Sunday, May 5, 2013. At St. Mary’s Parish Ubomiri in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State, the occasion kicked off with a concelebrated Holy Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Innocent Maduakolam Osuagwu, assisted by Rev. Fr. Cletus Eboh of the Pontifical Mission Society (PMS). The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Osuagwu welcomed the Christian fathers and all, and wished them a happy and fruitful celebration. In his sermon, Rev. Fr. Cletus Eboh said that fathers are heads or pillars (Ide…

Lady Chisara Egwim Bags Ambassador of Mary Award

The Okigwe Diocesan President of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) and immediate Emeritus President for Owerri Provincial CWO, Chief Barr Lady Chisara Egwim-Chima, was recently conferred with the Prestigious Ambassador of Marry National Merit Award by the National Council, Catholic Women Organization (NCCWO) Nigeria. The event which held, at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha began with Holy Mass presided over by the Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province His Grace Most. Rev. Valerian Okeke who charged the recipients to live up to the calling of an Ambassador in both spirituality and personality. In an address of welcome, the…

Owerri Provincial Council of Catholic Men Organization (OPCCMO) elects new officers

The Owerri Provincial Council of Catholic Men Organization (OPCCMO) on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, elected a new set of officers to pilot the affairs of (CMO) at the provincial level for the next three years.  It could be recalled that the tenure of the outgoing executive expired and the Council was dissolved in March 2013 (20/3/13) by the Provincial Chaplain, Very Rev. Fr. Sebastian O. Igbokwe, who subsequently appointed a 3-Man Caretaker Committee to hold brief until the election.  The caretaker committee was made up of Chief (Dr.) Bernard N. Nwogu (KSM), who is the Umuahia Diocesan CMO President as…

APGA Leaders storm Ehime-Mbano -As SOLAD urges Governor to vie for 2nd term

Chief Mrs. Chioma Ogoke, the Sole Administrator of Ehime Mbano Local Government Council, on May 10, 2013 implored the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to consolidate his achievements by running for a second tenure in the 2015 gubernatorial elections. She made this appeal through the State Working Committee of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) which visited Ehime-Mbano. According to her “the monumental achievements of the present regime and its benefits will manifest fully if Governor Okorocha serves another tenure”, she said.  She urged the Governor to shelve his presidential ambition for now. In address at the event, the…

Silver Jubilee anniversary: An act of thanksgiving – Bishop Ukwuoma

–     As Prof. & Mrs. Tony Uzoma clock 25 years in marriage It was all joy and merriments as Prof. Anthony Uwandu-Uzoma and Mrs. Beatrice Ifeyinwa Uzoma marked their silver jubilee wedding anniversary at St. Gregory’s Catholic Parish Amaigbo, Nwangele LGA, Imo State on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The silver jubilee celebration commenced with a concelebrated Eucharistic Mass presided over by the chief shepherd of Orlu diocese, Most Rev. Dr. A.T. Ukwuoma and assisted by about 50 priests from different dioceses of Igboland, including Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, Vicar-General Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus Oha, Chancellor, Owerri Archdiocese…

CMO Atta Parish honours Imo NUJ Chairman

Activities marking the 2013 Father’s Day celebration at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Atta, in Ikeduru LGA were rounded off on Sunday, May 5 with a Thanksgiving Mass, funds-raising and the conferment of “EZI-NWA” title on the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Imo State, Chief Innocent Igwe by the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the parish. Presenting the award on the NUJ Chairman, who was accompanied by his wife, Lady Angela Igwe, the Chairman of the Father’s Day Planning Committee, Mr. Matthew Aguguom described Chief Igwe as a worthy son of Atta Ikeduru in whom they are well pleased. They…

Breaking News: Ancient tree falls, kills over 30

Over 30 people are feared dead and a yet to be ascertained number were critically injured when a tall tree known as Osisi Ukwu Uko, collapsed on buildings, as well as those transacting their business in a market located under the tree. This sad event reportedly occurred at Umudagu Mbieri, Mbaitoli local council area of Imo State late Thursday night, following a heavy down rain that was accompanied by a ferocious windstorm and thunder. It was also gathered that most of the victims were either traders, who were selling their wares in the market, their customers, some passers-by and others…

Jonathan imposes emergency rule on Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.  However, the governors of the affected states are to continue in their constitutional roles.  In a nationwide radio/television broadcast on Tuesday, President Jonathan ordered the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, to deploy more troops to the affected states for more effective internal security operations. The soldiers had been given full orders to take necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to end the impunity of insurgents and terrorists. Full texts of the President’s broadcast on Tuesday, May 14,…