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May 21, 2018

OUR MISSION AS PRIESTS TO THE WORLD OF POLITICS

  Editor’s Note: Catholic Priests have a legitimate right to participate and get involved in Politics. Here are some of the reasons why they should take part in the politics of the land. We will elaborate on the different themes in due course.   Introduction We priests cannot afford to allow ourselves be coerced, intimidated or forced to shy or stay away from the “world” of politics; this is so because, by our vocation, mandate and mission, politics is one such “world” to which Christ commissions His Church and ministers to evangelize, to preach to, to spiritually and morally direct….

Msgr. Akagha blasts political class: You’re selfish, exploitative

  The parish priest of St Mark’s Church New Owerri, Very Rev.  Msgr. Kevin Akagha has taken a swipe at Nigeria’s political class, denouncing in strong terms their exploitative and selfish tendencies. In a message to Catholic women of his parish on the occasion of this year’s Mother’s Day, Msgr. Akagha reflected on the theme of their celebration: “Catholic women, carriers of living water to the world that thirsts for peace.” The priest said the theme was very appropriate at this time because, “indeed, Nigeria thirsts for peace.” “The yoke imposed on many Nigerians by a selfish and exploitative political…

The lies against Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri by Engr. Obinna Nshirim

Engr Obinna Nshirim

  We understand that there are public officers who must become praise singers and sycophants of Governor Rochas Okorochas Government to keep their jobs. Engr. Obinna Nshirim is one of them. We are not really worried about his sycophancy; if that is the only trade he needs to feed his family. Our concern is telling lies and rubbishing the image of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and the Archdiocese just to retain his job. Engr Nshirim, Adviser to Governor Rochas on Public Affairs and Enlightenment was a guest at Hot. 99.5 FM Radio Owerri on Wednesday March 14, 2018 during…

Hon. Ibezim decries impunity, godfatherism in politics

  Former Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Frank Ibezim addressed political stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) drawn from the three local Governments of Obowo, Ihitte Uboma and Ehime Mbano that constitute Okigwe South Federal Constituency on Wednesday 7th April 2017 declaring his burning passion and ambition to represent them at the green chambers of the National Assembly come 2019. The event which took place at his Ezeoke Nsu country home, Ehime Mbano L.G.A. was graced by party leaders, stake holders, and all the Ward and LGA Chairmen. Addressing the august assembly, Hon. Ibezim posited that in 2011 when he…

Ararume – A Political Style So Alluring

Ararume - A Political Style So Alluring

  Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Ararume is the Chief and arrowhead of Destiny Organization. His fascinating leadership style is so attractive, enticing and magnetic that it is difficult to resist being part of his moving train. His followers over the years have seen in him a sober, almost self- deprecating attitude on his part as undeniable humility. He does not live in a world of make-believe and unrealistic expectation. As a celebrated realist, he does not intend to abandon Nigeria and seek out a more comfortable corner of the globe which someone else’s intelligence and labour have tidied up. He wants…

Church must be involved in politics

  …Governor  tells Christians Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said Christians across Nigeria must be involved in governance, just as they work on how the country can return to the path of development. The governor also said Christians should no longer keep quiet on the premise that they want to be religious. Wike said this at the weekend, during the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International-Nigeria 2017, Port Harcourt Regional Convention, at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia, in the state capital. “Time has come for when the church must take its destiny in its hand. “The church must begin to…

Please, Stop the Circle of Killings – Archbishop Appeals

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The Most Rev. Ignatius A. Kaigama Catholic Archbishop of Jos and President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, has appealed to the Fukani and Irigwe people of Bassa Local government in Plateau State to stop the circle of killings going on in the area. In a Press Release issued last week, Archbishop Kaigama said: “For over two years now, Plateau State has enjoyed happy and peaceful coexistence, giving birth to greater confidence and trust to its citizens and visitors alike that only the best will henceforth happen in the State. This peace has unfortunately been rudely interrupted by the outburst of…

You can’t change politics watching from a balcony

You can't change politics watching from a balcony

Pope Francis said that we can’t improve our political landscape by observing and judging from afar, but that it involves personal involvement, which should always be done in a spirit of charity and helpfulness. “Try to act personally instead of just looking and criticizing the work of others from the balcony,” the Pope said Oct. 1. But make your advice constructive, he continued. “If the politician is wrong, go tell him, there are so many ways to say it, through the press, the radio… But say it constructively.” “And do not look out from the balcony, look at her from…

Looting and whistle blowing Policy

Those who fought for Nigeria’s political independence had a dream of a country where tribe and tongue will not count and where no man shall be oppressed. It was with pride, and great sense of nationalism and patriotism that they looked forward to a country that will stand shoulder to shoulder with other nation states. Theirs was a dream of building a country where corruption and its attendant vices, are banished; a country where human life is sacred and respected, and where the rights of the individual are protected. But alas what we have today as a nation is a…

Buhari’s Whistle-blowing policy working wonders

President Buhari’s corruption sledgehammer has eventually fallen on two heavy weights in his government.  Ambassador Ayodele Oke, Director-General Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, have been suspended. Ayodele is being investigated for a whopping N13 billion loot, (comprising $43 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million) found in an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, frequented by his wife, Folashade, while the SGF is being investigated for allegations of violating the law and due process in the award of contracts, amounting to billions of naira, under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE)….

Religion is NOT the Problem: Revisiting Prof. Soyinka’s Stigmatization of Religion (6)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o in one of his lectures points out that image resides in the memory and that the story we tell about ourselves, as it were, is a process of helping the African people to draw their own image unfettered. Images are very important. This is the reason why many people like looking at themselves in the mirror and like to take photos of themselves. In many African societies, the shadow is thought to carry the soul of a person. But in our context, we are talking of image of Nigeria as a cultural, religious, philosophical, and even as…

Trump’s inauguration – Lessons for Nigeria

On January 20, Nigerians and the rest of the world watched admirably as the USA swore in her 45th President Donald J. Trump, in a colourful ceremony marked with precision. It was America setting the pace yet again as world leader, and leaving a trail of lessons for us to learn. The inauguration ceremony was devoid of the controversy that dogged the elections because the parties have visibly closed ranks in the interest of America. They have buried their differences and joined hands to welcome their new head of government, in an all-American way. There were no gaffes, superfluity, hustling,…

Yes, The Church Can Be Involved In Politics – Archbishop Obinna

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has said it is not an abomination for a priest or bishop to talk about politics. Interacting with pressmen in his office on Tuesday, after delivering his Christmas message,  Archbishop Obinna said though he does not belong to any political party, he has a right to talk about politics and be sympathetic to any party of his choice, as well as vote for the party in elections. The church, he said though not partisan, has been involved in politics and issues of good governance. “Here in Nigeria for many years the…

Rumours in the Arsenal of global falsehood: A dangerous trend (1)

The mechanics of mongering and spreading of rumours including those deliberately cultivated by false propaganda experts has assumed a dangerous dimension over the years. Rumours are known to cause concern if not false alarm. The phenomenon of rumours has drawn the attention of psychologists way back in the twenties because of the political realities of the day that made rumours attract credence. The enemies of revolutionary governments, exploiting the long-standing human habit of passing on all kinds of information by word of mouth, turned rumours into an “oral newspaper of counter revolution”. Slander, deliberately spread by the class enemies reflected…

Ondo State Governor Receives Knights of St. Mulumba – Calls for unity against terror

The Owerri Metro Grand Knight (MGK),  Bro. Eugene Emeakaroha, flanked by his executive and LSM Noble President, Lady Pat Nwachukwu, receiving KSM National Merit Award from the Supreme Knight, KSM Nigeria, Bro. Anthony C. Onuh (L), at Akure, Ondo State, in recognition of his services to the Church and humanity, December 6. Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has appealed to Nigerians to stop making inflammatory statements that could encourage terrorism in the country. Mimiko made the plea in his office in Akure during a courtesy visit of the Order of the Knights of Saint Mulumba, Nigeria, led by the Supreme…

KANO: HISTORY, PEOPLES, POLITICS, AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF ITS RELIGIOUS UPRISINGS ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE NIGERIAN STATE (4)

The goal of Northern Muslims is full implementation of sharia which I do not disagree with if it does not undermine the development of Christianity and rights of religious and political minorities   in the North and it is restricted to Muslim lands and ; (1) If it is implemented in Muslim communities only and Muslims do not demand it is implementation in Christian communities (2) it is accommodated by a legal and constitutional framework which the constitution presently denies them nonetheless, under section 10 of the 1999 constitution on the prohibition of state religion which provides: ‘The government of the…

C.M.O. – Expected Role Model in Every Human Endeavour (2)

(E) Catholic Man in Politics A CMO member in government comes to the church to make promise only to deny the promise when he gets home. Sorry for you. When a Christian uses the church for political gains, he is not a true Christian. As a CMO member in politics, one should defend the faith at all times no matter the pressure facing him. A normal CMO man in politics should not accept bribe. Where he does, he is not a role model. A CMO man in politics who shares money, rice, salt, fertilizer etc., to make political gains has…

The Centenary Awards and Other Annoyances (2)

The 10th category, ‘International Acclaimed Artists, Literary Icons and Journalists’, presents a more ludicrous instance. In 1933, Pita Nwana, a carpenter at the Methodist College, Uzuakoli wrote and published ‘Omenuko’ the first novel ever written in the Igbo language. Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s most celebrated playwright, poet and Nobel laureate was born the year after! Daniel Fagunwa’s Ògbójú Ọdẹ nínú Igbó Irúnmalẹ̀ the first Yoruba novel was only written in 1938. It was translated into English in 1968 by Wole Soyinka as The Forest of A Thousand Daemons. For what reason was Daniel Fagunwa bestowed with a centenary award and Pita…

Job creation, my priority – Says Capt Emma Ihenacho

One of those who regard the high level of unemployment in Imo State, as unacceptable and consequently vowed to make job creation his top priority, is Capt Emma Ihenacho, former Minister of Interior, now aspiring to become the next governor of the state, come 2015. The guber aspirant and former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who recently left for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to pursue his political ambition, while declaring his intention to newsmen in Owerri, Saturday, March 15, 2014, said that the society owed the youths the duty to get them usefully engaged to earn…

Nigeria as a Failed State

Few people are ignorant of who Prof. Ben Nwabueze  is but quite a large number are nonplussed by what he represents to the Nigerian State especially in his latest remark which described Nigeria as sliding into a failed State. Prof. Nwabueze is an Icon of constitutional Law and one of the most respected fluid writers of his generation whose writings are as valuable as the stained glass paintings of the ancient Churches, and like Zeus watching the frailties of human proceedings with illuminating eyes, timeless patience and attention to details summed up in letters guiding our statutes, legislatures, the executive…