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May 21, 2018

Family values declining in Igboland – Claretian Priest

Family values declining in Igboland - Claretian Priest

  The moral and ethical values and principles traditionally upheld and transmitted in Igbo society such as hardwork, honesty, prudence, self-worth, family pride, integrity, fear of God etc, are dying gradually in Igboland. A Claretian Priest, Rev. Fr. Cletus Uche cmf raised the alarm during a Retreat for Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, Sancta Maria Sub-Council Owerri. The Lenten Retreat took place at St. Mary Claret Parish, New Owerri. Fr. Uche observed that these core values of Ndigbo are progressively being abandoned rather than being reinforced as parents are no longer interested in transmitting the values which have major…

Archbishop Obinna Versus Uche Nwosu and Ugwumba Movement

– The untold part of the story My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, fellow priests, “Alter Christus”, what is this hullabaloo, this commotion, fuse, uproar over WHERE, WHAT and HOW the Archbishop performed just a little bit of his clerical function!! Where should the Archbishop have addressed his “sermon”, “homily” or “Statements”? At a political rally, in the market place or street corner? WHERE SHOULD IT BE? WHERE did Christ the Lord, the Master, the Teacher and our MENTOR make similar “speeches” those days? Not in their TEMPLES AND SYNAGOGUES? (our modern houses of prayer, nicely dedicated churches and mighty…

2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

  Prayer for “credible, less-greedy political candidates for good governance and people-caring services in view of the 2019 general elections,” was among 10 special intentions, Catholics in Owerri Archdiocese put before God during a Rosary Procession and Holy Mass held at the Eucharistic Congress Podium, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Extension, January 19, 2018. Other intentions are: – Peaceful, non-violent politicking among politicians and the electorate in this 2018 transition year to the year 2019. – More honest worship of God in spirit, truth and justice, in Church, Government, business and society at large; with rejection and renunciation of idolatrous practices and…

Cattle Colony: Ndigbo be warned

cattle colony

  Never before, in the history of Nigeria, had Fulani herdsmen clashes with farmers over the destruction of farm crops by cattle, assumed the alarming dimension as it has in the last three years. Before now, there have been skirmishes and clashes in various parts of the South and Middle Belt Regions between these two groups. But since 2015 when the present Federal Government came into power, the boldness at which the herdsmen operate and rampage farmlands and communities have reached an intolerable level. Things are taking this new dimension because government seems to be siding, aiding and abating the…

Quit Notice: Don’t try it again

South East, South-South govs warn Arewa youths In a show of unity, governors of the South-East and South-South states of Nigeria rose from their meeting in Owerri on Sunday October 8, with a strong condemnation of the quit notice issued to Ndigbo living in the North to relocate to their states before October 1, 2017. A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, warned that it would be the last time any person or group of persons would make statements or take actions that suggest that any part of the country is a no-go area to other Nigerians. The…

Pastoral Visit: Archbishop Obinna Scores St James Nnorie high for quality of confirmation candidates

Pastoral Visit: Archbishop Obinna Scores St James Nnorie high for quality of confirmation candidates

…Confirms 105 St. James Catholic Parish Nnorie, in the Ngor Okpala LGA, last Sunday (Sept 24) received kudos for the excellent performance of the candidates it presented for the Sacrament of confirmation. The commendation came from no less a personality, than the chief shepherd himself, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, who was on a two-day pastoral visit to the church. The occasion was the Holy Mass for the administration of the sacrament of confirmation celebrated during the second day of his pastoral visit (Saturday Sept 23 to Sunday Sept 24, 2017). The essence…

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

Worried by the current state of tension in Nigeria, especially in the South-East region, the Catholic Bishops of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical provinces have directed Catholic faithful in the five states in Igboland to embark on prayer and fasting. A Press Release issued by the Metropolitans of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical provinces, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke and Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, said the directive begins on 1st October to 31st October 2017. The directive titled: “Praying and Fasting for Peace in the South-East and in all Nigeria,” was issued on Wednesday, Sept. 20. (Read full text on page 2) Meanwhile…

Odenigbo: Ndigbo still bonded to evil forces, beliefs – Archbishop Obinna

Though the coming of Christianity has visibly stopped in most Igbo communities the killing of twins, “there are lingering and hidden reflexes and practices which still audibly tell that many Igbo are bonded to evil forces and beliefs and therefore remain in fearful misery while pretending to be valiant and courageous persons.” The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri disclosed this Tuesday, August 29 during a press conference for this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day/Odenigbo Lecture. “Prominent among these reflexes and practices is the Arusi-Diala bondage, which even among Catholics and otherwise serious Christians prevents them from marrying fellow…

THE IGBO QUIT NOTICE: MATTERS ARISING (2)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

Read the previous – Part 1 IGBO QUIT NOTICE The Igbo quit notice is like a pilot scheme subtly let out to test the mood and evaluate the implication before the implementation of the actual plan. It is worthy of note that the Arewa youth’s action has the support not only  of the Northern Elders Forum(NEF), but of prominent northern leaders like Professor Ango Abdullahi and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. For some of us, the stage had been set quite long ago. Is it not absolutely inconceivable in a democracy in the twenty-first century that President Muhammadu Buhari would take…

THE IGBO QUIT NOTICE: MATTERS ARISING (1)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

POLICE ACTION The independence of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria was proclaimed on May 30, 1967, by Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu after he cited a variety of malevolent acts on Ndi Igbo by the North namely: the pogrom that claimed over thirty thousand lives; the federal government’s failure to ensure the safety of Igbos in the presence of organised genocide; and the direct incrimination of government in the murders of its own citizens. The proclamation had the full backing of the Eastern House Constituent Assembly. Consequently, the war began. The Nigerian government led by Yakubu Gowon said that it would…

Catholic priest advises IPOB not to disrupt Anambra Elections

As Kanu pays him courtesy call The head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, Monday, led his members to the Parish Priest of Blessed Iwene Tansi, Umudioka, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma (a.k.a Ebube Muonso) to thank him for upholding the truth and for his prayers. Fr. Obimma, who is also the founder and Spiritual Director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke, Idemmili North Local Government Council of the state, received Nnamdi Kanu and his members appealing to them to ensure no breech of peace in whatever they do. The priest…

Another genocide looms in Nigeria – Pan Igbo Group alerts UN, USA

…Parleys Nnamdi Kanu over Anambra Election The Alaigbo Development Foundation has sent a distress signal to the United Nations and the congress of the United States of America alerting them of a serious plan to exterminate Ndigbo in the Northern Nigeria and annex their properties by the Northern Youths under the auspices of Arewa Youths. In the communiqué titled, “50 YEARS AFTER BIAFRA, ANOTHER GENOCIDE LOOMS: AN SOS TO THE UN, USA AND THE WORLD”, the pan Igbo group decried the threat of extermination of ndigbo and plot of annexation of their properties by the Arewa Youths who are ostensibly…

Now our President is back

President Buhari’s return to the country has renewed hope in an otherwise hopeless situation.  All the doubts, fears and speculations have arguably been put to rest, at least for now. The President is here! Thanks to the UK doctors who have given him the okay to come back home and resume work.   Nevertheless, it is obvious that President Buhari’s long absence has taken its toll on the nation, its people, politics and economy. It has created loopholes, rumours and left several unanswered questions. Although we do not and have never doubted the competence of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who has…

That anti-Igbo hate song

With less than five weeks to the expiration of the October 1, deadline for the quit notice, issued to all Igbos residing in the North, by the Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY) to leave that region or risk the destruction of their lives and property, the anxiety and tension which that ultimatum generated in the land, is being aggravated by yet an anti-Igbo hate song which has gone viral.   The promoters of this hate song, composed in Hausa Language have no other purpose than to prepare the Northern masses ahead of the October deadline, for eviction and slaughter of…

Quit notice: Don’t panic, we are monitoring situation in the North – South-East Governors

South-East Governors on Monday re-assured Ndigbo residing in different parts of the country of their safety.   The Governors, who met in Enugu said they were in constant touch with the Northern Governors over the October 1 ultimatum issued to Igbos in the area. Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, who read the communique issued after the meeting, said the position of the Northern governors was commendable.   “Ohanaeze Ndigbo briefed us and of course we have been in touch with the federal government; we have also been in constant touch with our colleagues in the…

Biafra: You can’t Stop Anambra Election – Obiano tells IPOB

Governor Willie Obiano has sent a strong message to the proponents and agitators of Biafra to steer clear of Anambra’s election slated for November 18. He was responding to a call by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), for the boycott of the election. The Governor vowed not to allow a repeat of the mistake made by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in the last census, when they persuaded many people not to be counted, to the disadvantage of Ndigbo. “We will not repeat what happened during the national…

Show interest in Igbo Language – Priest appeals to Ndigbo

– Commends Odenigbo lecture A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nathaniel Uzoma Opara has made a passionate appeal to ndigbo to show interest in their language. Preaching a homily at the memorial Mass for late Ezinne Georgenia Onyekwere at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Awa, Oguta LGA, Fr. Opara noted that ndigbo are giants in various languages of the world and in various disciplines but dwarfs in their own language. The Orlu Diocesan priest said indigenous language is not only effective means of communication but also a medium for technological development. He cited China, Japan, Korea, India etc as countries that…

Ndigbo: We don’t Love property more than life … IPOB Elders

Those who think that Ndigbo love property more than they love life are deceiving themselves.   In a communiqué issued by the Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) after a crucial meeting in Owerri, the elders made it clear that Ndigbo are not treating the eviction order with levity. As for those who think the Igbo would rather die than leave their property, the elders said they are wrong.   This rebuttal and explanation came from Igbo elders, against the backdrop of the quit notice given to Igbo sons and daughters living in the north, by…

Igbo Leaders Storm Aso Rock, … I will deal with trouble makers – Osinbajo

As tension builds up over the quit notice given to Ndigbo living in the North by a notorious and bloodthirsty Arewa youths, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has assured Nigerians not to panic.   However the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Egbu, Rt Rev. Gregory Okoroafor has admonished Ndigbo not to be deceived. He said they should not forget that similar protective assertions were made by government before the 1966-1967 pogrom, in which thousands of Ndigbo lost their lives. The Bishop Ndigbo should not forget that anybody surrounded by enemies must be vigilant and that it is time to start…

Arresting those behind the Kaduna Declaration

It is not enough to ask Ndigbo to ignore the eviction notice and death threat issued to them by a so-called Coalition of Northern Youths, neither is it sufficient  for the Federal Government to promise to deal with anyone making hate statements. Knowing the nature of Nigeria and what happened in the past – the massacre of Ndigbo in 1966 and the resultant civil war, Nigeria and Ndigbo cannot afford to treat the unconstitutional eviction notice with levity.   In a country where security, justice and peace are sacrosanct, the talk right now would not be whether or not the…