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May 27, 2018

The Church cannot be silent about economic suffering – Pope Francis

  In the preface to a book on his economic thought, Pope Francis has written that the Gospel is not an unattainable ideal, but something that the whole Church should seek, especially where there is economic injustice. “The Church, in spreading the message of charity and justice of the Gospel, cannot remain silent in the face of injustice and suffering,” the pope wrote. “Many encounters have confirmed to me that the Gospel is not a utopia but a real hope, even for the economy: God does not abandon his creatures… he invites them to not grow tired of collaborating with…

MEETING OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS WITH HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AT THE ASO VILLA, ABUJA, 2ND MAY, 2016

AN ADDRESS BY MOST REV. IGNATIUS A. KAIGAMA, ARCHBISHOP OF JOS AND PRESIDENT, CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA. Your Excellency, On behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), we the Archbishops and members of the Administrative Board, the highest decision making body of our Conference are here in person to congratulate you our President on your election as the leader of our great country and to express our solidarity and willingness to collaborate with you and with your administration in which we see hope for a greater Nigeria. We recall with great delight your speech in February 2015…

The reforms of the Judiciary and Administration of Justice In Imo State

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  The integral Universal picture of Justice is one of a woman blindfolded and welding a menacing sword. This scary image has given rise in me genuine apprehensions about the appropriate uses of the sword in evolving situations. How does Justice guide itself blindfolded? In my view, justice would have been better served with eyes wide open. But I am told that being blindfolded means that Justice is fair and acts without fear and favour. In Imo State like elsewhere in the world, Justice is also blind; blind to the suffering and anguish of litigants pauperized by extensive judicial processes,…

Kidnapped Catholic priest regains freedom -Why Catholic Church does not pay ransom, Bishop

  A Catholic priest in Ekiti State, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade, has been freed. The Nation learnt that the cleric regained freedom on Tuesday, exactly a week after his abduction. The kidnapped priest was sighted by reporters on a fact-finding mission to the Catholic Secretariat in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. Fr. Akingbade, the parish priest of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, was kidnapped by a three-man gang from his house at 8pm penultimate Tuesday. His abductors demanded for N20 million. Rev Akingbade, a lawyer, born on September 9, 1971, and ordained on July 18, 1998, is the Assistant Director, Justice,…

Catholics Hold Re-consecration Prayer at Assumpta after botched Imo Guber Forum Violence

Thousands of Catholics in the Owerri Archdiocese gathered in sober reflection, last Friday, beginning from 3p.m. at the Obiri Odenigbo to re-consecrate the Assumpta Cathedral and ask God for forgiveness. This followed the previous week’s disturbance and unexpected violence at the Cathedral’s Obiri Odenigbo, venue of the botched gubernatorial debate. The event which started with  Rosary at the Obiri Odenigbo, was followed by stations of the cross which involved walking around the field and then Mass at the venue of the forum. The Mass was celebrated simultaneously in all the parishes of the Archdiocese of Owerri. Speaking to The Leader,…

The Principles and Challenges of Free, (3) Fair and Regular Elections under a Democracy

The electoral process in Nigeria has become a means to institutionalize tyranny, religious and political marginalization of ethnic and political minorities and stealing. The Nigerian democratic experience has shown that rather than appeal on the common interests involving the economy and development in a state, county or the federation, the electoral process has only ensured the ascendancy of the criminal elite to deplete and plunder the common purse. Democracy and the electoral process has never produced the desired results of leadership values, transparency and accountability in leadership, rather, it has  promoted in the Nigerian context, mediocre leadership, corruption and large…

Family pleads for release of Samuelson Iwuoha, wife

The Iwuoha family has appealed to the Imo State Government and  police  and the judiciary  to expedite action on Citizen Samuelson Iwuoha and his wife, Chioma who have been in detention for over three and half months now. Samuelson and his wife were arrested on June 3, 2014 over the alleged murder of one Mr. Franklin Okolie in Owerri in June. In a passionate plea for the release of Samuelson and wife, his brother, Nnaemeka Iwuoha said the children of the couple, Nwachinaemere, 10 years and Adannaya 8, were going through untold hardship as a result of the continued incarceration…

Ritual killing: Seven sentenced to death in Owerri

Justice was done on Tuesday, when an Owerri High Court sentenced seven men, accused of the gruesome murder of a young motor cyclist, (inaga) Okechukwu Osuji to death by hanging. Three others accused of the same offence were acquitted for lack of evidence. Justice C. I. Ohakwe who presided over the case, sentenced Ejike Okoro, Cajethan Okoro, Raphael Ike, Paul Njoku, Eric Igbo, Chidiebere Njoku and Anayochukwu Unamba, all between 18 and 25 years, as at the time of the crime from Owalla, Uratta in Owerri North Local Government Area, to death for the brutal murder of Okechukwu Osuji, also…

Justice Not Sympathy for Imo State Pensioners

Recently the democratically elected government of Imo State declared that with effect from April 2013 retired civil servants will be paid pension only at the Community Government Council offices of their home communities where the traditional rulers are to identify them as genuine pensioners. The general meaning of this directive is that government gazettes of appointments, promotions and retirements of these pensioners as well as the series of biometric capturing exercises held since 2006 are unreliable records until they are confirmed by traditional rulers who have no records to verify the claims of the pensioners. No wonder that in its…

Terrorism: US paid N19.7b reward to 80 informants in 29 years

Hope appears to haves risen for those who can locate Boko Haram leaders as the United States (US) confirmed the payment of N19.7billion ($125million) reward to 80 informants in 29 years. The payment was made through The Rewards for Justice programme, which is being managed by the U.S. Department f State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Some of the beneficiary informants included those who provided clues for the arrest of Uday Hussein, the eldest son of the former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. Besides the payment, some of the informants were also relocated to undisclosed safe haven to prevent being hurt…

Corruption: The 37th State of Nigeria

There is a cloned hydra-headed monster on a tiny-lined white thread seen with the third-eye only making up the 37th State of Nigeria.  It is CORRUPTION.  On May 27, 2012, the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna celebrated a thanksgiving Mass for the State Government to mark its one year in office at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri.  In his homily, the Archbishop called for an alternative Nigeria. The alternative Nigeria, he explained would be “Nigeria that is just and fair, a Nigeria where there is rule of law and respect for justice and…

Arrest Boko Haram Leader, Get $7m – U.S.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has described the $7m bounty on Abubakar Shekau and other members of Boko Haram as a positive development. The IG therefore called on Nigerians to take the matter seriously and give security agencies relevant information that would lead to the arrest of terrorists. He stated this during the inauguration of newly completed ultra-modern hospitals at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday. He said while fielding questions from journalists, “Yes, the move is good. Anybody who has information should come forward and claim the reward.” The United States had on Monday officially declared…

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,…

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C 12/5/2013

Sunday readings

OPENING PRAYER Father, help us keep in mind that Christ our Saviour lives with you in glory and promised to remain with us until the end of time.  FIRST READING A READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 7:55-60 Theme: I can see the son of man standing at the right hand of God. Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven  and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand.  “I can see heaven thrown open”, he said, “and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this all the…