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Fr. Edmund Njoku marks 25 years in priesthood

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Fr. Eddy Njoku cutting the anniversary cake.

Fr. Eddy Njoku cutting the anniversary cake.

All roads led to St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Obibiezena in Owerri North LGA, as parishioners, friends and well-wishers rolled out drums to celebrate the 25th priestly anniversary of Rev. Fr. Dr. Edmund Ndubuisi Njoku on October 12, 2013.

 

The ceremony commenced with a thanksgiving Mass, which had good number of priests in attendance, among whom were: Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, Owerri Archdiocesan Secretary, Msgr. Theophilus Okere and the Religious.

 

Delivering his homily, Rev. Fr. Mark Njoku noted that a critical quantum of days have passed since 25 years, putting in prospect the relevance of the event which he discussed in three dimensions.

 

Firstly, Remembrance, which entails the background that influenced the life of the celebrant prior to priesthood.

 

Secondly, Reflection on which he reminded of the real definition of a priest as a servant who is obedient to God in all things.  Fr. Mark also advised the laity to accept any character God bestows on his servants as they are representatives given to them by God for their own benefit.  He enjoined all to emulate the virtue of humility from Christ who died on the cross despite equality with God.  He encouraged steadfastness in the act of humility among Christians in every situation of life with the words of Dag Hammarskjold, former Secretary of United Nation during the Congo crisis, saying that, the greatest exaltation of man is to be found in the depth of humiliation.  Hence he urged both priests and laity to take care of the sick and needy in all ramification.

 

Thirdly, he mentioned Renewal, which he defined as a departure of what used to be.  The homilist identified Christ as the head of renewal as specified in the New Testament and the new law of God anchored in love, which ushered in a new creation of humanity with priests as collaborators in this new order.  He concluded by praying God to bless Fr. Edmund with divine health, wisdom and grace.

 

The second lap of the event incorporated the investiture of the silver jubilee vestment and the conferment of the “Okenwanwa” award on the jubilarian.  It also included a reception party with highlights such as the cutting of the 25th anniversary cake, celebration dance by the celebrant with friends and presentation of an Xterra Jeep by his parish, cash and gift items by individuals, church sodalities and groups.

 

Expressing his feelings on that day, Fr. Eddy gave gratitude to God.  He thanked them for according him such honour.  The celebrant prayed God to replenish all contributors to the success of the event especia lly Chief George Ajero while promising to live up to expectation.

 

It will be recalled that Rev. Fr. Edmund was born on 7th October 1959 and ordained priest on 15th August, 1988 by Bishop Mark O. Unegbu of blessed memory.  Irrespective of other academic qualifications, he obtained a Doctorate Degree in Canon Law in 2001 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.  He has served in many parishes including St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Obibiezena, where he is serving as a Parish Priest and the Episcopal Vicar of Zone XI Obibiezena.

 

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

Oge Iwu at fmc

L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Lessons from the Melee in Mali

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Lessons from the Melee in Mali

Just a couple of days ago, former president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, penned an assuring message on his successful mediation trips – leading the ECOWAS fact-finding and resolution team to Mali. The ink is still wet on that page when we however, woke up to the news of a coup in Mali. Whether it is Gambia, Guinea, Sudan, name them, Africa seems to be on the back foot when it comes to democratic gains. Is this a recurring narrative?

Mali should be another stark reminder to other African governments especially Nigeria that when an ineffective, out of touch and repressive government is about to come to an end, it always happens suddenly, not gradually. The tempo always builds up but from the inside, presenting a false calm exterior. Then like a landslide, it unexpectedly gives; the whole mountain comes crumbling as can be seen happening right now in Mali.

Seething resentments towards kleptocratic African governments always showcase themselves at the fall. African governments are miles behind, regarding the yearnings of their people and just like it happened in the ’60’s and ’70’s during our independence and subsequent coups and counter coups, Africa – led by its yearning youths connected globally through technology and the internet –is again bursting at the seams for legitimacy, effective leadership, direction and global integration.

The elitist old folks at the helm, unable to catch up and belligerent towards inclusive prosperity and development, are using their incumbent powers and minions to thwart the wishes of the people but for how long?

After the World War II, the world is again witnessing an unprecedented degree of untold suffering and death at peacetime, as a result of human disaster, but in Africa. It seems like the world rebuilt itself and moved on without us. How did we get here? How did we get left behind? First we started the blame game with the effect of slave trade, then the shackles of colonialism, yet Eastern countries have come out of both and are prosperous regardless.

China and the rest of the block are another testament that most of our arguments though with their merits, don’t hold water in their entirety. We are the makers of our destinies.
The origin of Mali’s problems, like every other Africa country, is government sectarianism – where a people in power skew electoral outcomes to favor themselves and their minions. This always led to widespread corruption, mismanagement of the economy, worsening security situations and exacerbating communal violence consequently.

For Mali, it started on June 5 when thousands of people went on street protest against the hijacked outcome of the parliamentary elections which took place on March 25. It turned deadly and 11 people were killed. As it is, regional security is threatened, at a time when COVID-19 and economic positions of these countries, indeed the whole world, are in tatters.

Whether it is Nigeria, Congo, Somalia, Kenya, name it, the problem is the same. When responsibility is alienated from governance, it breeds impunity which leads to corruption.

Like cancer, this corruption feeds and sustains itself by permeating all democratic institutions in its bid to replicate, validate and perpetuate itself, thus adulterating the electoral process which ultimately leads to political disintegration with the people seen as the enemy.

Our present crop of leaders has worked constitutions and political structures to such an extent that they sit home and predict electoral and judicial outcomes to the last digit.

This begs the question, is democracy working for Africa and if it doesn’t, what works? At times like this, we as Africans, should look inwards and take stock of how far we have come with the advent of constitutional democracy, where we have lost it and what should be done. The Chinese have found their formula, the Russians too. We too must find our path to an all inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future.

By Iboro Otu

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BAN ON THE CANAANLAND ADORATION (ALIAS E-DEY WORK) MINISTRY AND WITHDRAWAL OF FACULTY FROM REV. FR. MAGNUS EBERE SDV

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BAN ON THE CANAANLAND ADORATION (ALIAS E-DEY WORK) MINISTRY AND WITHDRAWAL OF FACULTY FROM REV. FR. MAGNUS EBERE SDV

To the Clergy, Religious and Laity of
Ahiara Diocese.

Dear people of God!

Compliments of the season: peace and joy!

As bishop, it is my duty to uphold authentic gospel values, sound Catholic traditions in worship and defend the teaching of the Catholic Church on faith and morals. It is also my responsibility to ensure that it is transmitted to the faithful in its purity and integrity in my area of pastoral jurisdiction.

Having established that there are serious abuses in the administration of the sacraments and sacramentals in the Canaanland Adoration Ministry a.k.a E-Dey Work as well as many other practices in the Adoration Ministry which are contrary to the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church, I withdrew the Faculties of the Diocese of Ahiara from Fr. Magnus Ebere a priest of the Society of Divine Vocation (SDV), who started the Adoration Ministry without the required permission from an ecclesiastical authority. Consequently, he can no longer legitimately carry out priestly ministry such as preaching, celebration of the Mass, hearing confessions and administration of the other Sacraments and Sacramentals in the Diocese of Ahiara.

Nevertheless, Fr. Magnus has continued his private Ministry at his Centre in Onicha Ezinihitte in the Diocese of Ahiara in gross disobedience to me the bishop and also his Superior General in Rome who has also directed him to stop his Adoration Ministry. I hereby state that the Catholic Church has nothing to do with his Ministry. Accordingly, the faithful of Ahiara Catholic Diocese and other Dioceses are hereby warned to desist from attending the Ministry of a defiant priest, who has no respect for Church authority and Church law. Those who attend his private Ministry do so at their own spiritual peril.

God bless you!

Sincerely yours

Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji
Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese

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