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August 14, 2018

Pope baptizes Nigerian migrant who foiled robbery in Italy

Pope baptizes Nigerian migrant who foiled robbery in Italy

  Six months ago Nigerian John Ogah was alone, without a home or job, begging for small change outside an Italian supermarket in Rome. He struggles for words to describe his situation, likening his survival to that of a dead person with nothing to lose. “It was difficult for me, really. When I [say] difficult, difficult,” the former undocumented migrant tells the BBC in a phone interview. But fast-forward half a year and John is a legal resident in Italy and hailed a “migrant hero” for confronting an armed robber. He feels like the luckiest man on earth now that…

Archbishop Obinna bags award at NINLAN …For promoting Igbo Language

The Catholic Archbishop of  Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony Obinna and the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Bappah Aliyu Muhammed, have urged the Federal Government to give more support to the National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN), Aba, for it to fulfill its given mandate on the development of Nigerian languages. The Archbishop and the Executive Secretary spoke in Aba at the official opening ceremony of a three- day National Stakeholders’ Conference on Acculturation with the theme “Building a United and Peaceful Nation through Acculturation”. In his remarks, on the…

Air Force counter Boko Haram claim of killing abducted Chibok girls, provides video

The Nigerian Air Force says its attention has been drawn to the latest video released online by the Boko Haram Terrorists group alleging the killing of some of the abducted Chibok school girls by Nigerian Air Force fighter jets. Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, Director of Information, in a statement, stated that the video was not only a ruse but another mischievous effort by the dying sect to draw public attention to itself. It reads: “Whereas the video showed a cross section of the abducted girls and an airborne aircraft, it provided no evidence that the supposed casualties were as a…

Afrobeat and Musical Critique of Religion in Nigeria in the Age of Boko Haram

Afrobeat music, a quintessentially Nigerian popular music style, but which drew upon various Black Atlantic styles, and rooted in Afrocentric ideology, has seen global proliferation with new adherents worldwide. With increasing global reach, the style still explicitly articulates notions of Blackness and Africanness, continuing as it were to engage the political and sociocultural issues that impinge upon African and Black World national developments, thus making it the most important pop style from the continent that has merited the attention of Africanist scholars in academic circles. In so doing, Afrobeat remains faithfull to its original roots in the musical works of…

National Conference: Look beyond Religion …Archbishop Obinna

Nigerian Christians and Muslims must look beyond religion and focus on the common good, if the country will move forward. They must concentrate on shared values and uphold that which is capable of lifting up the nation. Archbishop Anthony Obinna made this call while addressing communication directors at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre Owerri April. He emphasized  that if the practitioners of both religions should work concertedly on common good issues that would benefit the nation, without forcing Islam or Christianity into dynamics, “we might end up with a humanizing Islam and a humanizing Christianity without thereby evacuating their more spiritual…

Child marriage bill: Women call for senator’s head

The controversial Child Marriage Bill before the Senate almost caused a Senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Dr. Ayo Akinyelure, his seat in the upper legislative chamber a women from the senatorial district called for his recall for voting in support of the bill. The embattled Senator, who was summoned from Abuja to a stakeholders meeting to explain why he voted in support of girls early marriage, however, admitted publicly at the Adegbemile Hall, venue of the meeting, in Akure, where the people from his district converged, that he voted in error. “I’m so sorry I voted in error through…

Strike no going back on demands – Poly Lecturers

Two months into its nationwide strike, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, said that there was no going back on its demands, insisting that unless all issues that caused the strike were addressed, the action would continue. This came as the union rejected the discriminatory cut-off points for candidates seeking admission into Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education and called for harmonization of the cut-off points into tertiary institutions in the country. ASUP had called out its members on a nationwide strike in protest against government’s refusal to implement agreement on bothering on welfare and other sundry issues….

Politics and Public Service: The Most Lucrative Business Enterprises in Nigeria Today (2)

The irony of it all is that all these people who inflict these economic and social pains on their brothers and sisters are front row members of different denominations in the Christian church. They are regularly and religiously seen parading themselves with every sanctimonious approach in the church with bogus, amorphous and appetizing Christian titles that lack salvation and redemption in the door-steps of the characters concerned. In this case, church is therefore a very comfortable camouflage in the hands of these dramatis personae who feel and believe very strongly that the best way to conceal their looting of the…

Letter of Appreciation

Your Grace;   I am sending this letter of thanks and the article I wrote for The Wanderer on our recent pro-life mission trip to Nigeria.  It is also coming to you by mail, but I am sending it this way just in case the mailed letter gets lost or long delayed. – Brian Clowes   Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna Archbishop of Owerri Villa Assumpta Post Office Box 85 Owerri, Imo State Nigeria June 18, 2013   Your Grace;   I have returned safely to my family and friends and have recovered from jet lag.  Now all I have…

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…

Bombs still litter Igboland …43 Years After Civil War

It has been revealed that no fewer than  50,000 latent bombs and landmines could be found in the South East and South-South Nigeria.  They are remnants of explosives deployed during the Biafra/Nigeria war. which lasted from July 1967-January 1970. The disclosure came from the Media Director and Field Administrator of the Nigerian Mines Action Centre Owerri, Dr. Emeka Uhegbu, who spoke with The Leader recently. However he did not explain how they came about the number. The spokesman of the centre explained that more than four decades after the war ended, the region that was the theatre of war then,…

Egbu remembers Parishioner beheaded in her farm … Appeals to IG to arrest killers

It is now one year since Mrs. Evelyn Uzodinma was murdered in her farm at Egbu on June1, 2012 and later buried without her head in her husband’s compound. Despite the fact that both the motor cyclist (okada man) that carried the murderers and the person that made the call, informing the murderers about the woman’s presence in the farm are all in the police net, the police still claim that they have not gotten any clue on the murderers and that the two in their custody have not provided any clue to the whereabouts of the murderers nor are…

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…

Ojukwu and the discourse of disunity

He came from a wealthy stock. He was educated in the best schools. He was a soldier. He was a radical. He was an adept. Some will describe him as unpatriotic, while others see him as a nationalist. Some see him as a villain and others see him as a hero who fought for justice. In life and in death, Ojukwu appeared to have embodied the paradoxes of life and its extremes. Notwithstanding his rare characteristics represented in a somewhat mystic personality, the name Ojukwu will for a long time remain synonymous with the defunct Biafra. As the ex-warlord of…

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…

Pack and Go – Anambra First Lady orders baby factories

-Why they’re springing up in Southeast, by Red Cross Anambra State Government on Monday ordered all motherless babies’ homes that could be tagged ‘baby factories’ to pack and leave the state within 48 hours or risk a clampdown. Wife of the Anambra State Governor Mrs. Margaret Peter Obi stated this at the 2013 Children’s Day event at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka. She warned motherless babies’ homes in the state and those indulging in any form of illegal adoption of babies and outright selling of babies in any disguise to pack and leave without further delay. Sale of babies…

BOOK REVIEW: ROCHAS REVOLUTION, Leadership By Example

BOOK REVIEW Title:                      ROCHAS REVOLUTION, Leadership By Example Author:               Rev. Fr. Nathaniel I. Ndiokwere Pagination:     240 Pages Reviewer:       Mr. Brendan Ikechukwu Nwaozor; Principal Information Officer;                                               Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Owerri. The author, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nathaniel I. Ndiokwere is not new in contributing to the literary world, as he has to his credit some of the soundest quotable materials which are regularly used in academic parameters. Beginning this project with a simple quote from the Book of Proverbs in the Bible highlights the author’s status as clergyman of sound intellectual…

Nigerian Physicians and Our Right to Know

Chioma called again! You remember her? The woman her boss was pressing for an affair (See http://theleaderassumpta.com/category/columns/ethics-corner/ or www.csaaeinc.org/blog for full story). I thought she was going to talk about this affair.  No. This time it was about her sick mother. “Could you please pray for her, she is in a hospital at Owerri”, she said. I know her mother, a 65 year old “rural woman”.  I called this woman. “Mama, what’s the matter?” “The Doctor has not told me anything”, she answered. “What medication has he given you?” “He did not tell me, he just said that I will be…

War against Boko Haram begins – We’ll crush them – Defence Headquarters

With a massive deployment of troops and equipment, the army, navy, air force and other security agencies have begun operation to “rid the nation’s border territories of terrorists’ bases and operations. President Jonathan had in a nationwide broadcast admitted that the Federal Government no longer controlled the entire territory of Nigeria. Three states where the emergency action was declared share common borders with Cameroon, Chad and Niger.  These border communities have become bases for training, insurgency and other criminal activities against Nigeria. The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) gave indication that the time was up for the Boko Haram sect and other…

ACHEBE AND THE INVENTION OF AFRICAN LITERATURE (1)

came strong on the world stage with the publication of his first novel, Things Fall Apart. It is a work widely considered to have defined African literature and brought balance to world literature. This is despite the fact that there were other pioneering efforts regarding African prose by African indigenous writers. By 1933 Omenụkọ by Pita Nwana had been published, followed by the Onitsha Market Literature through which Cyprian Ekwensi published pamphlet stories like Ikolo the Wrestler and Other Ibo Tales (1947) and When Love Whispers (1948). These were before Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952), which many regard as…