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August 15, 2018

Don’t wait to be given power, grab it – Rector Fedpoly, Dr. Mrs. C.U. Njoku charges women

Women must not sit and wait for men to surrender power to them, whether in politics, government, organizations and institutions; they have to grab it. The Rector, Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, Dr. (Mrs.) Celestina Njoku gave the charge in a keynote paper she presented during the 2017 International Women’s Day Celebration organized by the Institute of Women Gender and Development Studies, Federal University of Technology Owerri, April 6. However, Dr. Njoku added a caveat; “for women to grab power, they must be intellectually sound, emotionally stable, politically vibrant, culturally liberated, socially fit and economically independent.” Dr. Njoku who spoke on…

Nigerian Democracy: The Amaechi Case

When Nigerian’s military dictators handed back power to the political class on May 29, 1999, the expectations worldwide were that our country was ready to practice civil democracy the way it should, having learnt the hard way.  It was a legitimate expectation considering the fact that Nigeria was just emerging from a long period of military rule and suppression of democratic institutions. Ironically and sadly too, our politicians seem to have learnt nothing from Nigeria’s chequered past despite the price paid by patriots especially pro-democracy groups in lives and property in an effort to entrench the rule of law.  They…

Infant Jesus Confraternity ends 2nd National Conference in Owerri

A three-day Second Annual National Delegates Conference of the Confraternity of the Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague has ended in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The conference which was attended by delegates from 12 Catholic dioceses in Nigeria, took place from June 7-9, 2013 at the Maria Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri The highlights of the activity-packed conference were: fund raising and the delegates meeting.  These were preceded by a talk delivered by the Owerri Archdiocesan Chaplain of the confraternity, Rev. Fr. Henry Opara, Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Umuawuka, Emii on the second day of the event.  Its…

THE DISCIPLES; MESSENGERS OF SALVATION

Christ calls in order to send.  To be a disciple of Jesus is not a privilege per se but a service for the kingdom of God.  Jesus sends His disciples to “announce” that the kingdom of God is close at hand.   THE MISSION: AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF HOPE Man aspires towards peace, but he makes wars.  He wants to be loved and to love, but often he is not loved and does not love.  Man wants justice, equality, but perpetrates injustice and heats unjust and oppressive structures. In the profundity of his being man is in search of the living…

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…

Egyptians awake to uncertainty as Adly Mansour is sworn in as New Interim President

Egyptians awoke up on Thursday to an uncertain new political order, a day after the military deposed and reportedly detained the country’s first democratically elected president, put a top judge in his place and suspended the constitution. The coup that toppled Mohamed Morsy as president on Wednesday prompted hundreds of thousands of people in the streets across Egypt to both applaud and assail the generals’ decision to step into the country’s political fray for the second time in a little over two years. It also left a series of significant questions unanswered. What will happen to Morsy, who insists he…

Politics And Public Service: The Most Lucrative Business Enterprises In Nigeria Today (1)

Politics is a witty stratagem and artifice that are being exercised to establish a human and material platform for the institutionalization of a stable and progressive state with the full credence and tenet of the entrenchment of democracy and enactment of good governance. While Public Service could be categorized as a working contract entrusted to the care and responsibility of a chosen with a stipulated remuneration, recompense or allowance, for the strengthening of the affairs of the state and welfare of the people. Analytically, both politics and public service are for the advancement, growth and upliftment of a state in…

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…

THE CHRISTIAN IS ONE WHO HAS CHOSEN CHRIST AND FOLLOWS HIM

In all religions the great spiritual masters had disciples who were assiduous in their teaching and preoccupied with preserving their words.  We find the phenomenon also in the Bible (1R), though this configured in a particular way because the people lived in a regime of covenant and faith.  Covenant is not founded on traditions of master and disciples but on itself.  Certainly, the chosen people needed guides to orient them in the interpretation of faith in events.  This necessity was, however, provisional and the prophets expected a future in which God Himself the hearts of people without the mediation of…

43,000 PHCN workers cleared for N348bn benefits

Report reaching our news desk from Abuja states that the head of the Implementation Committee for the Settlement of Entitlements of workers of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Mr. Godknows Igali was yesterday disclosed that nearly 43,000 employees of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has been certified by the Ministry of Power to have so far been cleared of the N348 billion terminal benefits, payment to the categories of workers targeted to be paid off ahead of the final takeover of PHCN by the new investors. The report continued that payment of benefits of the 50,000 PHCN workforce…

Death as the Road To Life

Christ has one personal identity to save and to reveal, and one mission to fulfill. Now to reveal His identity and to fulfill His mission, to save the truth of His life, He is disposed to all, even to loose His physical life. The “unconditional” and absolute decision to be Himself and fulfill His Mission at “any” cost is the supreme act of faithfulness (obedience) to God.   An Identity To Reveal And A Mission To Fulfill The loss of one’s life (death) is the “sign”, the verification and  absolute “test” of fidelity to one’s identity and mission received from…

MEN OF GOD AS DEMIGODS IN NIGERIA (2)

See previous article “MEN OF GOD AS  DEMIGODS IN NIGERIA (1) “ The use of the title “man of God” as passport to wealth, power and stardom partly accounts for the unhealthy proliferation of churches in the country. General unemployment is perhaps a remote factor, but people would not have been so much drawn to church business if it were not seen as a short-cut to wealth, power and stardom. Some of the “men of God” mentioned earlier keep featuring in the list of the richest and most influential men in the world today. Benefiting more from this whole scenario,…

POLYNEK LECTURE: Varsity VC lists criteria for True Democratic System

Professor Boniface Egboka, Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa has identified true democratic system as one anchored on the development of appropriate institutions. This fact was contained in a convocation lecture he delivered at the convocation ceremony of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri on Wednesday June5, 2013. The University don, whose topic was, Democracy and good Government: An imperative for political stability and Economic Development in Nigeria, posited that this could be achieved through developing stronger vehicles for formal political participation and representation through political parties and electoral systems. It could also be achieved through improving governance in political parties,…

Pope Francis Warns Against Temptation to Worldliness

During his daily mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis reminded those present that following Jesus is not a calling to power, but a calling to follow the way of the Cross. The Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Rino Fisichella and Msgr. José Octavio Ruiz Arenas, president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, respectively. Also in attendance were a group of priests from the Council and staff from the Vatican Power Station and Technical Laboratory of the Governorate of Vatican carpentry, accompanied by Engineer Pier Carlo Cuscianna, Director of Technical Services of the Governorate. Placing emphasis…

Russian, US and UN officials to meet on Syria

US and UN officials will meet next week to prepare for a proposed peace conference in June between warring sides in Syria, UN and US officials said on Thursday. “We can confirm that on 5 June 2013 in Geneva, US, Russian and UN officials will hold a three-way meeting to further the preparations for the international conference on Syria envisioned under the US-Russian initiative,” a UN spokeswoman said in a statement. The meeting was agreed to in talks last week between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The…

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…

Prof. Osaisai delivers FUTO public lecture: -Speaks on Nuclear Power Development in Nigeria

The 31st lecture of Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, held on April 17, 2013 was delivered by Dr. Franklin Erepamo Osaisai, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC).  He spoke on the theme: “Nuclear Power Development in Nigeria, Partnership Building Amongst National Institutions for Sustainable Programme Implementation”. The lecture coincided with the formal opening of the Centre for Nuclear Energy Studies and Training at FUTO. In the lecture, Prof. Osaisai said that Nigeria currently grapples with the daunting problem of generating sufficient electricity to drive it’s developmental process. He added that quite a number of countries, particularly African…