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August 20, 2018

The Role of Women in the Anti-economic and Financial Crime Crusade (2)

WHAT ROLES CAN WOMEN PLAY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION? Though women, often described as the weaker vessel, they are inwardly very strong, very studious, tough but mild and very analytical. Their roles can be creative and challenging. Women are the stabilizers of the nation. The situation we find ourselves today at any level of society is to some great extent a reflection of our family situation. If the foundation is right, it will reflect in the lives of our children when they come out in the society. Women occupy crucial positions in the home and therefore play crucial roles…

The Role of Women in the Anti-economic and Financial Crime Crusade (1)

Corruption is a gigantic and colossal devil confronting, fighting and to a very large extent demonizing and demolishing God’s beautiful world and society, most lamentably, Nigeria. Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines corruption as “dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially of people in authority; the act or effect of making a change from moral to immoral standard of behaviour”. Corruption is as old as mankind. The Bible gives account of Judas Iscairot, Jesus’ Minister of Finance who sold His Master Jesus, for thirty pieces of Silver. There was also the Bible account of Ananias and Saphira who made false declaration of monies…

HYPOCRISY: ITS EFFECT ON THE CHURCH AND THE SOCIETY

INTRODUCTION In Igbo parlance, hypocrisy is aptly described as gwam ozo mee ozo; onye ihu abuo. The first is a tag on a person who is deceptive; a person who says one thing and does the opposite of what he says. To ndi Igbo the stock in trade of such an individual is insincerity; unreliability. The second Igbo description of a hypocritical person is a double-faced fellow. And a Pharisee is so described. The New World Dictionary tells us that “hypocrisy” is “pretended sanctity”; “a pretending to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel;…

SECURITY CHALLENGES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN ORLU

Society is always in a mercurial state of flux. Hopefully change should be for the better and not for the worse. Every community has to rise to the challenges of modernism and concretize its legitimate aspirations or betray them. For Orlu, the greatest challenges remain the problems created by insecurity, poor law enforcement and a high level of unemployment.   THE SECURITY CHALLENGES The broad spectrums of security challenges are very remarkable in Orlu which has driven away potential investors from the historical town which perhaps is an emerging commercial centre. Daily reports of Kidnapping and armed robberies are of…

BEFORE THE MISSION SCHOOLS DIE (2)

GO GET THEM: What is in vogue now, is to make the mission schools bleed like the Pelican. They are now the cash cow that funds the hitherto commendable free education toga of Owelle’s administration. The state government has slammed a near 1000% increase in annual renewal fees on the nearly 120 mission-run primary and secondary schools in Owerri Archdiocese alone, not mentioning Orlu, Okigwe, Ahiara dioceces. It has recently introduced an obnoxious re-inspection of schools that carry a mandatory 30, 50, 60 thousand naira levy for nursery, primary and secondary schools respectively. This poisoned chalice is carefully enshrined in…

When a Christian may be convicted for marrying more than one wife

We live in a country where both the rich and the poor marry more than one wife and no one raises an eyelid It is important to understand that the Christian marriage is based on monogamy. Adam had one wife, Eve, to the exclusion of any other woman. God also made for Adam, a wife, rather than wives. Thus polygamy is man made and influenced by a zealous desire to multiply and dominate the Earth in the agrarian era, when we depended on subsistence farming. A marriage celebrated under the Act is therefore monogamous. It follows therefore that a person…

Governor’s Overseas Trip paralyses Imo

Imo State appears to have grounded to a halt and nothing seems to be moving since Governor Rochas Okorocha travelled to the United States of America, last month. Our investigations revealed that government activities were paralysed as most of his aides were neither empowered nor have any authority to transact serious business. Last week, the Deputy Governor ordered the contractor handling the Nekede-Ihiagwa Road to return to site immediately. The order was ignored as the contractor is yet to return to site more than a week the order was issued. Observers say the contractors feel the deputy governor doesn’t have…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT BREAK THE HOME (2)

As October 1 draws near

INFIDELITY Infidelity in marriage can also be referred to as cheating, adultery or extramarital affair. Wikipedia defines it as the subjective feeling that one’s partner has violated a set of rules or relationship norms and this violation results in feelings of sexual jealousy and rivalry. The violation can be sexual in nature, for example involving kissing, sexual fondling or sex with another individual outside of the marriage relationship. Statistics reveal that the rate of infidelity in marriage is higher in men than in women. In their book, Close Encounters: Communication in relationships, Guerrero, Anderson and Afifi maintained that men are…

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…

Statement on Supreme Court’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Rulings by the United States Catholic Bishops

Here is the US bishops’ statement in response to the Supreme Court decisions handed down today regarding same-sex “marriage.” The court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and refused to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex “marriage.” * * * Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage…

St. Charles Parish Umunumo honours Sir Onyenaguba

The Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), St. Charles Parish Umunumo, Ehime Mbano has conferred Ezienyi and Patron award on Sir Longinus Onyenagubo for his philanthropic disposition. Chief Onyenagubor was eulogized by the youths for providing support to widows and youths from the community and for his monumental financial support to the parish. Responding, Sir Longinus Onyenagubor who had a chieftaincy title as “Akuchinyee 1 of Umunumo” by HRH Eze Justice C.B.C. Uba thanked the Catholic Youth Organization for finding him fit as their patron.  He later extended financial support to them to enable the youths execute a showroom project….

UNITED IN GOD FOR LIFE

A Declaration issued at the end of the Pro-life Conference/ Rally at the Obiri Odenigbo, Villa Assumpta, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, June 3rd – 4th, 2013. As our society is experiencing the dangerous encroachment of the culture of death from without and within, the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri continues its Pro-life Mission by organizing a two-day Pro-life Conference with the theme: “Protecting Human Life from Conception to Natural Death.” Pro-lifers from Nigeria, Europe and America participated in the Conference and Rally. The predominant evils of same-sex union, pornography, abortion, contraception, euthanasia, baby factory, anti-life bills and laws and the negative…

MEN OF GOD AS DEMIGODS IN NIGERIA

Quite instinctively, Nigerians see any person who goes by the name, “man of God” as a demigod. Some of us who are familiar with societal arrangement and power-relations in the Nigerian society and are able to make comparisons with what obtains outside the shores of the country never cease to marvel at the enormous powers the “man of God” wields in Nigeria. Being a “man of God” becomes a veritable privileged position that gives one access to nearly every good thing under heaven. Perhaps this state of affairs is not bad in itself, for what is wrong giving due respect…

St. Jude’s Society applauds Sir F.O. Njoku

Former Chairman of CMO Assumpta Parish Owerri, Chief F.O. Njoku has received kudos from members of St. Jude Society Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State. The appreciation by members of St. Jude’s Society is sequel to the investiture of Chief Ferdinand Njoku as Nnaoha and Patron of Assumpta Parish CMO which was held at Assumpta Cathedral recently. In his homily at the Mass preceding the investiture, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha, Cathedral Administrator of Assumpta Parish urged the rich to reduce poverty in the society by empowering the poor, the weak, the oppressed, the elderly, the widows and the orphans so…

KSJI: Borromeo Commandery, Ehime Fetes the poor

Members of Knights of St. John’s International (565), Borromeo Commandery, Ehime Mbano, Imo state gave succor to the poor and seminarians on Saturday 18th May, 2013. Prelude to the event, Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme celebrated a Mass. In his homily, Fr. Dieme postulated that Christ urged Peter to feed his lamb if he loves him. It was thereafter that Christ told Peter the type of horrible death that will befall him. According to the priest, when Peter saw John passing by, he enquired from Christ what will be the fate of John and Jesus responded that he should leaveJohn alone….

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…

APGA Leaders storm Ehime-Mbano -As SOLAD urges Governor to vie for 2nd term

Chief Mrs. Chioma Ogoke, the Sole Administrator of Ehime Mbano Local Government Council, on May 10, 2013 implored the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to consolidate his achievements by running for a second tenure in the 2015 gubernatorial elections. She made this appeal through the State Working Committee of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) which visited Ehime-Mbano. According to her “the monumental achievements of the present regime and its benefits will manifest fully if Governor Okorocha serves another tenure”, she said.  She urged the Governor to shelve his presidential ambition for now. In address at the event, the…

Cleric admonishes Christians against materialism – As Oguta celebrates Father’s Day

The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Oguta in Oguta LGA of Imo State have been admonished not to allow materialism to becloud their sense of judgement. The Episcopal Vicar of Zone 9 of Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri and Parish Priest of the Church, Very Rev. Fr. Jude E. Ike gave the admonition at a Mass to celebrate the Patron Saint (St. Joseph) of the Catholic Men Organization worldwide on Sunday, May 5, 2013. In his sermon, he enjoined the Christian Fathers to always be close to their wives and children, positing that a good home begets…

Irete youths and the display of hostility to non-indigenes

Undoubtedly, we are living in a precarious and hostile society.  A society where brutes and brutality are the order of the day.  This is indeed a society where atrocities are committed with impunity.  A lawless and barbaric society replete with animals in disguise in the name of human beings.  While the youths in civilized societies are busy making great impacts on ground-breakings and wonderful innovations, their Irete counterparts are busy wallowing in unethical behavior, violence and abuse of human rights.    This inference is drawn because of the attitude these young men exhibited at Mrs. Ibenye’s store on Friday at about…

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…