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May 25, 2018

Killing of Christians

  United States President, Donald Trump, is not at all happy about the continuous killings of Christians in Nigeria, which he sees as a serious problem that must stop. Trump made the statement shortly before he entered into a closed-door meeting with President Buhari, who paid him a visit in the White House, Washington DC, during his official visit to the United States, last week. Trump expressed concern about the religious murders, saying they were unacceptable to the United States. “We have had very serious problems with Christians who are being murdered in Nigeria. We are going to be working…

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great…Elsewhere in America (6)

(11) OBAMA THE GREAT AND THE REST OF HUMANITY   As OBAMA took his exit from the political arena of American democracy there aren’t just a few who paid their glowing tributes to the great president of the United States. Look at a few ‘comments’ or ‘tributes’ by thousands of individuals who see and think about OBAMA as I do. JUST A FEW OF THE SELECTED QUOTES!   (i)   “Being English, I may see things from a totally different perspective! I see a President who, being thoroughly graceful, has done a great job. Hadn’t he lowered your deficit in an…

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great …Elsewhere in America (4)

(4) MATTERS OF THE HEART: ACCOMMODATION AND TOLERANCE:   Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Non-believers, name them, peoples of different faiths, tongues and beliefs, should live together and respect each other’s beliefs and culture. Even gays, lesbians and other men and women of different sexual orientation, views and attitudes, have place in society and communities of the world. America is a nation of immigrants and should therefore find ways to accommodate new arrivals as well as refugees. Center of Obama social agenda is no doubt ‘equality and social justice’. There is no doubt that Obama has been criticized for being the…

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First – Trump

Full text of PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP INAUGURATION SPEECH, Jan. 20, 2017 Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out…

Leadership by example: Barack Obama the great …Elsewhere in America (1)

IN RETROSPECT: It is actually the title of that my book “Only in Nigeria …….Elsewhere in America” (copies always available at the ASSUMPTA Bookshop, Owerri, Nigeria) that gave rise and meaning to this regular column in the LEADER newspaper – ONLY IN NIGERIA! A lot of Leader Newspaper readers, hard copy and Online, have encouraged me not to drop this my important contribution geared towards creating awareness and especially initiating discussions on most crucial issues, political and ecclesiastical, that touch the lives of Nigerians, home and in the diaspora. I appreciate readers’ reactions and welcome ‘rejoinders’ and follow-ups’. It is…

Why we’ve not arrested Jonathan – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has responded to calls by some Nigerians for the arrest of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Mr. Osinbajo said the Buhari administration does not arrest “anybody, anyhow”. Answering a question at a session in the United States on Friday, on when Mr. Jonathan would be arrested, Mr. Osinbajo said the Buhari administration was not in the business of arresting just anyone any how. He said all that Buhari administration does is to empower the security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs, without the administration trying to teleguide them. He also added that the fight…

Pray for me – Iranian president tells Pope Francis

As Iran’s president faces controversies ranging from his country’s secretive nuclear program to its support of terror and alleged human rights abuses, he had a simple request for Pope Francis on Tuesday: “Pray for me.” Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the Holy See saw the first meeting between a pope and an Iranian president since 1999. Iran, which agreed to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for an end to economic sanctions, is eager to carve out a bigger role in mediating Middle East conflicts. Francis’ papacy has been marked by mediation and conflict resolution. Rouhani brought a gift of a…

Church in US approves $1.2m in grants to support Africa

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 47 grants for a total of $1,205,236 to support pastoral projects for the Church in Africa. The Subcommittee evaluated and approved the grant proposals at a meeting held in conjunction with the USCCB Spring General Assembly in St. Louis, Missouri. The funded projects focus on providing pastoral support to the rapidly growing Church in Africa. This often includes supporting the Church’s response in caring for migrants, refugees, youth and children, and those living in extreme poverty. Of extreme importance and a primary focus are programs for catechetical…

Religious Disarmament and the Deluge of Evil (2)

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  We can blame it on the governments, corruption  and bad politicians. The degradation of our ethical infrastructures like the events in the international scene exemplifies the rot of society. Nigeria is not better than gay America by the same ethical standards in view of our alarming ethical rot. I am not against gays as I believe that what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their home is their business but an open demand for the legalization of unnatural sex is repugnant to our good conscience and culture. This is what America wants and I cannot help but…

Gay rights, non-issue for Kenya -President tells Obama

  President Barack Obama had  earlier been warned by African politicians and religious leaders to avoid the issue of gay rights during his trip to the continent, arguing that any pro-LGBT rights stance would be met with disapproval. Yet the 44th President of the United States has made LGBT rights a strong part of his second term in office after he became the first sitting US president to publicly favour gay marriage in 2012 and then referencing the Stonewall riots in his 2013 inauguration speech. At a press conference with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr Obama spoke movingly about…

US Visit: What Buhari should tell Obama

  Any presidential visit is always an opportunity for some diplomatic maneuvers. President Muhammadu Buhari must use his first official visit to the United States, to sort out some sticking points between Nigeria and the United States, especially on the war against terrorism – Boko Haram, and on the undue interference by the United States on Nigeria’s homosexual legislation. Against this background, as President Muhammadu Buhari gets set to embark on this much-awaited official visit tomorrow (Monday July 20, 2015), speculations are rife that although international co-operation to check terrorism (Boko Haram) will top the agenda for the discussions with…

Buhari, Obama and same-sex marriage

  Next week, President Muhammadu Buhari will visit his counterpart in the United States, Barack Obama, for the first time to discuss political and economic issues as well as the fight against terrorism. Coming barely a month after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage across the country’s 50 states, coupled with Obama’s open support for gay rights, observers reason that the US President might attempt to encourage Nigeria to follow suit. The US apex court had last month ruled that the US constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights…

Vatican welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal

  The Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that “the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See.” “It constitutes an important outcome of the negotiations carried out so far, although continued efforts and commitment on the part of all involved will be necessary in order for it to bear fruit,” he said in a written statement in response to reporters’ questions July 14. “It is hoped that those fruits…

Boko Haram vows to disrupt Nigeria election

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to disrupt Nigeria’s general election in a new video released Tuesday, after two suicide attacks in the northeast blamed on the Islamists killed 38 people. “This election will not be held even if we are dead. Even if we are not alive Allah will never allow you to do it,” Shekau said in the Hausa language, presumably referring to the polls scheduled for March 28. The video appeared to be the first message released by the group on Twitter, a sign of its changing media tactics after previous messages were distributed to journalists on…

Owerri Priests in USA end Convention – Meet with Archbishop Obinna

The second convention of Owerri Archdiocesan Priests resident in the United States of America (OADPUS) has ended in Hartford, Connecticut, July 23-27, 2014. The meeting had about twenty five of the Owerri archdiocesan priests who are either on mission or studies in the U. S.in attendance. It provided the priests an opportunity to meet with each other from across the various dioceses in the U.S. and an auspicious moment with their local ordinary, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna, who was also with the group in 2010. The main agenda included: discussions on improving relationship among themselves, between priests and the Archbishop…

2015: Ike Ibe throws hat and heart into Imo guber race

A renowned politician and philanthropist, Mr. Ike C. Ibe, has not only thrown his hat into the Imo State Governorship race come 2015, he has as well thrown his heart into the ring. Briefing the press in his Owerri residence at the weekend, the Obowo-born humanist admitted that “the road will be long, rough and tough but the support of our people will make it seem short”. “All through my life, events and circumstances have shaped me for this onerous responsibility”, he said, adding, “I have seen the good side of life and I have seen the worst side of…

Pope Reflects on Holy Land Visit at General Audience

– Journey Meant to Renew Commitment to Christian Unity, Encourage Peace Efforts Dear Brothers and Sisters: My apostolic journey to the Holy Land in these days was a great grace for me and for the whole Church.  It commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the meeting of Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, which marked a milestone along the path to Christian unity.  Patriarch Bartholomaios and I prayed together as brothers before the tomb of the Risen Lord and we renewed our commitment to work for full communion between the Churches.  My journey was also meant to encourage the efforts of…

World powers join search for abducted schoolgirls

The United States, Britain, France and China have now swung into action to find out where the over 200 female students of Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno state, kidnapped since April 14 by the terrorists group Boko Haram are being kept. Each of these heads of state has expressed outrage at the activities of the Islamist sect and vowed to offer every security assistance, they can muster at the disposal of Nigeria in order to stamp out terrorist activities. According to President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, these countries are to deploy their…

Jonathan, Obama Visit Pope

It was a busy time for His Holiness Pope Francis following the visits of two heads of state recently. First to storm the Vatican was Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan who was accompanied by his wife Patience and other top government officials. That was on Saturday, March 22. On Thursday, March 27, President Barak Obama of the United States of America took his turn. Both heads of State were visiting Pope Francis for the first time. Reports say President Jonathan and‎ Pope Francis held extensive discussion on Nigeria’s position on same-sex marriage which was recently outlawed in the country. The  Executive…

US ‘concern’ at Syria weapons delay

The US is “concerned” that Syria is behind schedule in handing over its chemical weapons, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said. Mr Hagel told reporters in Poland that Damascus “had to take responsibility for fulfilling its commitment”. The US believes that only around 4% of the chemicals declared by the Syrian government have been removed. Delegates from Syria’s government and opposition are attending peace talks in Geneva for a sixth day. A new report from Human Rights Watch, published on Thursday, claims the Syrian government has been “deliberately and unlawfully” demolishing thousands of homes in opposition strongholds. The organisation said…