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Insecurity worsening every second in Nigeria-Catholic Bishop

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Insecurity worsening every second in Nigeria-Catholic Bishop

The Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe has decried the rising spate of insecurity in the country. The prelate made the remark during this year’s Chrism Mass held at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, on Thursday April 1.

The bishop expressed sadness that Nigeria is faced with the worst of insecurities and poor governance amid the corona virus pandemic, a situation he said has brought about so much hunger, hardship and economic crisis in the country.

He also condemned division in the country, which he said has brought about bitterness among the federating units that make up the nation, which has led some parts to seek for secession.

Still on insecurity, Bishop Chikwe regretted that the situation has become so bad, that no one is even sure of his security and safety from day to day given the spate of kidnappings, armed robberies and banditry in the country.

The calm, soft-spoken but vocal Prelate also criticized the non-payment of pensions and salaries of retirees and civil servants, saying that the situation looks so hopeless and irredeemable.

Most Rev. Chikwe drew references from the readings of the day taken from the books of Isaiah, Revelation and Gospel of Luke. He told the congregation that Christ came to heal the wounds of the people as well as their broken hearts. Quoting the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Auxiliary Bishop said; We (the priests) are not only distributors of bottled oil, “we (the priests) should also be ready to distribute ourselves to the people”.

He likened the present hardship and difficulties in Nigeria to the times of the prophesy of Isaiah, that such were the same problems Christ came to remedy by speaking against injustice and all forms of bad governance. He said Christ came to heal the wounds of the people at the time and their broken hearts, advising them to emulate Christ whom they celebrate in the Eucharist.

According to Bishop Chikwe, the whole world is united in looking for the cure to the corona virus, so as to lift the human spirit. He prayed the Holy Spirit to send down his healing power on all and sundry. He advised priests to endeavor to be holy, “If we are not holy how can we lead a holy people to God?”

He beckoned on priests to strive to be with the people as Christ did. “Go out to the crowd, be with them, heal them, go to the rejected of the world”, Most Rev. Chikwe advised.

Acknowledging how herculean their task as priests is, he called on them to emulate St. Paul of Tarsus the apostle of the gentiles in crying out to God for the necessary grace to carry out their priestly functions and obligations.

As it is a norm at every Chrism Mass, the priests filed out to renew their priestly vows to the Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese, His Grace Most. Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna and his Auxiliary, Most Rev. Chikwe.

Earlier in his opening remarks the Archbishop, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna wondered how the Cathedral was almost filled to capacity despite the restriction to the faithful in attending the Chrism Mass due to the corona virus pandemic. He however appreciated the presence and love of the faithful for the Catholic priesthood, while beckoning on the faithful to pray for priests, himself and his Auxiliary, Most Rev Moses Chikwe.

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DSS alerted Uzodinma, police three times before Imo attacks, says ex-director

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DSS alerted Uzodinma, police three times before Imo attacks, says ex-director

A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the secret police alerted the Nigeria Police Force and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, at least three times before Monday attacks in the state.

Amachree, however, said the police and the governor, who is the chief security of the state, failed to act on the intelligence by the DSS.

The former DSS official said this in an interview with press men, Thursday on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily programme’.

Speaking on the television programme, the ex-DSS director said, “There was enough intelligence, enough actionable intelligence. Actionable in the sense that it allows for space for people to execute it, one week ahead of the event and of course 72 hours before the event and then 48 hours before the event”.

Amachree stressed that the Imo State Governor was aware that the prison and the police headquarters was about to be attacked.

Amachree lamented, “Some people are just too lazy to do their jobs.”

He also faulted claims by the then Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that members of IPOB masterminded the attacks. “He (Adamu) doesn’t have his fact right because I don’t see how he can identify them. You identify people by either arresting some of them or from what they say but there was no person that was arrested,” the ex-DSS director said, adding that the DSS was investigating the attacks and would identify who the attackers were.

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Site & Services Estate, Owerri plunged into darkness

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Site & Services Estate, Owerri plunged into darkness

…As Learner rams car into electric pole

Residents of Site and Services Estate, World Bank Owerri, have been plunged into darkness for nearly two weeks now as a lady alleged to be a Learner rammed her car into an electric pole in the highly populated residential area.

An eyewitness said a young man was teaching his girl friend/wife how to drive and the Learner lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into a high tension electric pole in the heart of the estate, which plunged a section of the estate into darkness.

Another source said; “As soon as the incident happened, residents alerted the World Bank office of the Enugu Electrical Distribution Company (EEDC). They arrived the scene quickly and ordered the Learner to pay for the cost of the damage estimated at over N300,000. The young man said he didn’t have such amount, and they impounded his vehicle pending when he will pay for the repairs.”

Meanwhile, the residents have been appealing to the EEDC World Bank to restore light to the area while they sort it out with the Learner but all appeals have fallen into deaf ears.

A resident said, “Before the incident, we have been enjoying relative improvement in power supply which encouraged me to stock my fridge with meat and other perishables for the Easter celebration. Now everything has perished.

“So, if the guy does not have the money to pay for the repairs, we will remain in darkness and under the prevailing scorching heat? We know that EEDC has been insensitive to the plight of the residents of Site and Services, but this particular blackout is insensitivity to the lightest level.”

“Supposing the damage was caused by rain storm, will EEDC wait till the god of Thunder pays for the repair?” another aggrieved resident asked.

The residents however blamed the Learner for practising in a residential area instead of registering with a Licensed Driving School.

“Supposing she had ran into a human being; the story would have been different by now,” another resident noted.

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Chief/Sir Eugene and Nneoma Lady Anthonia Osuagwu turns gold in marriage

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Chief/Sir Eugene and Nneoma Lady Anthonia Osuagwu turns gold in marriage

…Gives thanks to God for blessings

It was to the glory of God that Chief Sir E.A. and Nneoma Lady Anthonia Osuagwu (KSM/LSM) celebrated the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of their Holy Matrimony with a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Joseph Duru at St. Joseph Parish Umualumaku Ehime Mbano LGA, Sunday April 4. Fr. Duru, Parish Priest, was joined at Mass by Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Emmanuel Osuji, Rev. Fr. Modestus Ikwugbu and Rev. Fr. Kingsley Eze.

In his homily, Fr. Duru gave thanks to God for the gift of the couple to the parish, community, Ehime Deanery and Okigwe Diocese and humanity. According to him, Christians and the parishioners in particular should always be hopeful and believe that the risen Christ has taken away all our sorrows, tribulations and above all, brought salvation of our souls in its wake.

The homilist encouraged the congregation to always be mindful that it was the resurrection of Christ from the dead that brought salvation to humanity. “The risen Christ is ever ready to take away our iniquities if only we believe and stop doubting like Thomas.”

Fr. Duru admonished young couples that marriage is not a bed of roses. According to him, the celebrants were happily celebrating the golden jubilee anniversary of their marriage with friends, associates and family members, they also suffered deprivations, anger, bitterness, ill-health and challenging moments but overcame because of the efficacy of prayers, dedication, love and mutual trust.

He advised the golden jubilarians to continue to be submissive and love each other. He encouraged their children to continue lending a hand of support, care and provide goodwill to their parents more, now they are no more in service. The couple exchanged rings and renewed their marital vows. He then prayed God to continue to keep them together in love and good health so that they remain role models and source of encouragement to young and prospective couples.

The matrimony between Nneoma Lady Anthonia Ewenkechi (LSM) nee Ihechinyere of Umuebo, Umuezeala Owerri and Hon. Chief Sir Eugene Akunaka Osuagwu (KSM, PEN) was validated on January 4, 1970 and the marriage is blessed with five children, three boys and two girls, numerous grandchildren, in-laws and other relatives.

Through dint of hardwork, diligence, doggedness and perseverance, the couple rose to the pinnacle of their careers as Principals of Secondary Schools graduating from teaching cadre. As Knight and Lady of St. Mulumba, they rose to the 4th Degrees. As community leaders, they became chiefs of cabinet ranks and as proactive Catholics, Lady Anthonia Osuagwu was conferred with the prestigious Nneoma title by His Lordship, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, Bishop of Okigwe Diocese.

The Leader spoke with Chief Sir E.A. Osuagwu (KSM PEN) moments after the celebration at his Umunjoku Umunonyia abode on how it has been all these years. According to him, it is not an easy roller coaster without hitches, obstacles and challenges. Life is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony. Life over 50 years is brutish, never easy but tough like battle; but with prayer and faith, he counted himself as one of those blessed by God. “If I have the same opportunity, I will also marry my heartthrob, Nneoma Anthonia.” He expressed profound gratitude to God for his multiple blessings and increase in the family long life and resources. He prayed God who started the good works to continue. He gave all glory to God.

The thanksgiving wedding anniversary took an upscale with the cutting of cake by the couple, taking a dramatic note as the golden jubilarians took to the dancing floor displaying rich dancing prowess and skills to the admiration of friends, well wishers, family members and Knights and Ladies of both St. Mulumba and St. John International.

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