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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fr Mbaka: MBAKA HAS COME AGAIN

Topics:
  • MBAKA HAS COME AGAIN
  • Father Mbaka: Petulant priest or foul prophet
  • Catholic Church plans to transfer Fr. Mbaka

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MBAKA HAS COME AGAIN
Written by Felix Amadi, Maputo, Mozambique
Email: amadifelix990@gmail.com

"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Mathew5: 13-16)
watched with thrill and captivation the drama that surrounded Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka's endorsement of Muhammadu Buhari shortly before the last presidential election in Nigeria. From his parable of the pigeons, through the Patience Jonathan's visit at the Adoration Ministry Enugu, the 5 million Naira offering and rejection, to the Cardinal Emeritus Okogie's outburst, the story remained intriguing and educative. There is no doubt that the events of the last presidential election pitched Fr. Mbaka against many powerful individuals and establishments in Nigeria. His act of courage of endorsing Muhammadu Buhari above the then incumbent president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, elicited tones of messages of support from interested and affected parties. It also stirred an ocean of disenchantment from many of his teeming admirers, and provoked many messages of disassociation from some interest groups. His traditional base, the Catholic Church, was at pains of understanding the rationale behind his seemingly obstinate endorsement of the candidate Buhari. As a result, the leadership of the Catholic Church in Nigeria distanced the Mother Church from the Mbaka rhetoric and persuasion.
I admire Fr. Mbaka not because he is a catholic priest. I respect him not because he is a product of my alma mater, Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Owerri, Imo State. I hold this man of God in high esteem not because he is into the ministry of healing, deliverance, prophecy and philanthropy. My utmost regard for Fr. Mbaka stems from my subjective perception of him as a fearless individual who is ready to walk his words even when the odds are against him, because as Martin Luther King Jr. said, "If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live".

After Fr. Mbaka endorsed Mr. Buhari's presidential bid, many people attacked him and argued that as a religious personality, it was wrong for him to delve into political matters. Many made the case for the separation of religion and politics in the life and ministry of a Catholic priest. I am not a proponent of the school of thought that advocates that a Catholic priest should not comment on political matters or endorse a candidate for election because it is not part of his 'calling'. My point of view is strengthened by the fact that when the Ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, defined man as a "Zoon politikon"(political animal), he didn't make an exemption of the clergy. The clergy are first and foremost human beings, who are affected by the same daily conditions and situations prevalent in their immediate environment. They don't live in the Moon or Mars, but in the same society where the increase in the price of fuel affects all and sundry. So Fr. Mbaka should not be cajoled into silence and passivity in the face of what he perceives as bad leadership and governance.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Restructuring Nigeria: IT IS TIME TO RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA

Topics:
  • IT IS TIME TO RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA
  • RESTRUCTURING AND THE YORUBA AGENDA
  • Restructuring: Who lopsided Nigeria in the first place?
  • The clamour to restructure Nigeria
  • Why Nigeria must be restructured
  • Who's afraid of restructuring?
  • The restructuring rhetoric
  • Nigeria: Formed by negotiation, will forge by negotiation
  • Osinbajo commits political apostasy
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IT IS TIME TO RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA

Written by Priye S. Torulagha - Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Email: priyet@hotmail.com 
Web: torulaghareports.com
More than any other time in the history of Nigeria, this is definitely the time to restructure the country territorially and constitutionally in order to legitimize it as a true sovereign state. It should be noted that since about 200 to 300 ethnic groups were forcefully put together by the British, Nigerians have never been allowed to decide the manner in which the country should be structured and governed. Therefore, technically, Nigeria is not an independent country despite the claim of sovereignty until the ethnic groups which constitute it are allowed to freely decide the nature and fate of the country. "Independence" will only take place after Nigerians freely determine Nigeria's existence.
Nigeria has not been able to move forward due to the fact that it has many structural and governance problems that inhibit its growth. As a result, whenever it takes one very positive step forward, it ends up taking three steps backward. This is why Nigeria is still being described in terms of its potential rather than by its actuality. The following provides the reasons why restructuring is absolutely essential for the development and modernization of the political, economic and social institutions and governance of the country:
  1. Nigeria is a product of British military conquest. Thus, 200 to 300 ethnic groups were forcefully incorporated by the British without their permission. Obviously, Nigeria, like a vast majority of the modern African states, is a jail house or a detention center where 200 to 300 African ethnic groups are detained against their will. As far as the ethnic groups feel detained or trapped in a cage, they are not likely to cooperate in building a harmonious country.
  2. The Sir Arthur Richards 1946 constitution turned Nigeria into a tribal and regional confederacy. The 1946 constitution embedded a mechanism which has inhibited the country's ability to create a homogenous united nation out of the diverse ethnic groups. This is why there is not one Nigeria but many Nigerias, depending on ethnicity, religion and regional affiliation. As result, every national policy issue is looked upon from a zero sum perspective with one side winning and the others losing. For example, the South-South and the South-East wants resource control and the Upper North opposes it. The South-East, South-West, South-South and the Middle Belt want a national referendum and the Upper North is not willing to go that route. The South and the Middle Belt insist on true federalism but the Upper North seems to be inclined towards the unitary system where the national governments is in total control and the states are given less freedom to maneuver. The Christian and traditional South and the Middle Belt incline toward the Western world and the Islamic North inclines towards Arabia and the Islamic world. This creates a problem for Nigeria's foreign policy. The Upper North wants national grazing reserves for one ethnic group to do cattle business and the South-East, South-West, South-South and the Middle Belt are not eager to grant such a wish to a particular ethnic group to have the right to settle in every territory of the country. Thus, there is rarely a national consensus on anything. Sir Richards and the British colonial strategists, perhaps, did not want Nigeria to succeed as a vibrant political, economic and industrial power, hence, a constitutional tool was used to tactically disunite the country through the 1946 Constitution.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Abomination! Catholic priest married two wives

Written by NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna
~The SUN Nigeria. Sunday, August 14, 2016.

- Bubble burst as wife took child to Archbishop
- Church disrobes, banishes him
- Archbishop: We're shocked, pained


Parishioners at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Kakuri parish, Kaduna State, are still in shock following revelation that the parish priest, Very Reverend Father Peter Zuni, 54, was engaged in a secret marriage to two women, an act that led to his being disrobed and sacked from the priesthood.
Sunday Sun gathered that one of the wives is already late, while the surviving one who blew the whistle about three weeks ago over the secret marriage is said to be nursing a child for the embattled priest.
According to the doctrine of the Catholic Church, only unmarried men are ordained into the priesthood as they are obligated to swear to an oath of celibacy and observe perfect and perpetual service for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. This, it is believed, would enable the priests to easily remain close to Christ with an undivided heart, and dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and the congregation.

When Sunday Sun visited the premises of the Queen of the Apostles parish, some parishioners confirmed the report, which they said was initially thought to be mere rumour.

The parishioners who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were shocked and surprised to learn of a petition to the Bishop of Kaduna Archdiocese, Bishop Ndagoso Manoso, that two women had children for their parish priest, an act considered to be an abomination and grave sin against the Catholic doctrine.

They pointed out that in order to cover up the priest's 'sin' from spreading to the larger public, the Archdiocese allegedly organised a send off for the embattled priest to a remote village in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

"During the send off, the priest was not allowed to make a farewell speech, and many people refused to take photographs with him. There was little or no felicitation with him because most of the time he was seen standing aloof under a mango tree without anybody going close to him.

Bianca Odinakachukwu Odumegwu-Ojukwu

~The SUN Nigeria. Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

"I am no longer young and I have learned much along the way. The fortress of my manhood is not yet completed but, what I have built so far is strong. Yet the purpose of a fortress is to protect and hold safely those things that are precious. If during the building a man loses and expends those things which he wishes to protect, then the finished fortress is a mockery. "

- Wilbur Smith, South African novelist.

Helena's famed beauty was not the type that awaited the beholder's interpretation. So overwhelming was her poise that the greatest powers of her era, Greece and Troy, had to sacrifice thousands of their young men for her claim. Beauty is a great advantage in the world. Strangers are more likely to do favours for physically attractive people. Ugly people get high sentences in criminal cases and lower damage awards on civil law suits.

Bianca Odinakachukwu Odumegwu-Ojukwu, a mother of some teenage children, is like Helena of Troy, the type of beauty that causes civil war among nations and at her peak was recorded as Nigerian most beautiful girl, went to the world beauty pageant. With that Cleopatra gait, Venus overflowing hair, eyes like Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca stepping before the camera could cause international conflagration amongst nation powers. Yet Bianca was not the star daughter of his Excellency, C.C. Onoh. It was her elder sister, who was returning from the United States on a December Christmas when her plane crashed at the Enugu airport and turned into a fireball. Amongst the passengers roasted in the air, include the whole family of four of Senator Offia Nwali. The late Senator lost his vivacious wife, Uche, and all the Nwali children in that burning plane. The then Governor of Anambra State was destabilised for he had lost his most accomplished daughter, a PhD intellectual superstar of the family. His misery was not abated for very soon the Buhari military putsch dismissed the Shagari NPN democracy.


We did not hear much about this buffeted family until the gods in their fortune guess extended it and favoured the up and coming Bianca Odinakachukwu. This Helena of our time emerged and was ordained Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 1988. Bianca Odinakachukwu before then read Law at UNN and proceeded to London, Yorkshire University. In between those times, this extra ordinary beauty would involuntarily act the goddess. On one occasion, Bianca decided to take a walk from the Coal city on her high heels to her Ngwo residence up there in the hills. Approaching dusk and causing commotion on the road, as drivers and passengers were thunderstruck by a sudden appearance of a "spirit goddess," flaunting along the high way her long hair, glittering alamanda colours, Bianca held spell bound, drivers, passengers, who couldn't imagine their eyes. Behold, there was a simmering goddess like silhouette, cutting into the approaching dusk.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Trekking from Enugu to Umuahia was my toughest task in Army – IBB

~Vanguard

General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd),
Former Nigeria military President Ibrahim Babangida has said that his toughest encounter in the army was trekking from Enugu to Umuahia where he sustained injury during the Nigeria civil war.

Babangida made this known at an interactive session with newsmen to mark his 75th birthday in Minna on Tuesday.

“Movement from Enugu to Umuahia was very tough and challenging because you need to be physically fit to be able to undertake that kind of journey on foot.

“We had to go through the jungles and the hills. I think it was my toughest encounter in the army because that was where I got wounded in April 1969,'' he said.

He said that he joined the army for the purpose of being in the force to protect the country.According to him, being in the military means that you must subject yourself to a constituted authority to execute all the tasks assigned to you by government.He said that the constitutional roll and international treaties made it possible for military personnel to serve anywhere in the world.

The former military president said that the military job was more challenging than being the president of a country.He explained that as an army officer you would lead men to danger because your life and their lives depend on you as the commander.

“If they have faith in you they follow you. If you have faith in them you go along with them.“So, it is more challenging than being a president,'' he said.Babangida further said that being a president or Head of State, you have to seek people's advice, interact and discourse with them to get solution based on the prevailing circumstances.

“Being a military officer you are the only one leading your troops hoping on you. If you lead them wrongly you will kill many of them.“So, I consider the military more challenging than the political job,'' he said.

1976 Coup: Why I declined taking over after Murtala’s death –Obasanjo

~Vanguard Nigeria. Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ABEOKUTA—Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said, yesterday, that he was persuaded to take over as Head of State, shortly after General Murtala Ramat Muhammed was killed in the 1976 coup.

The then Head of State, Gen Muhammed, along with his aide-de-camp, ADC (Lt. Akinsehinwa), orderly and driver were assassinated on February 13, 1976 while on his way to work in a black Mercedes Benz car.

Obasanjo said he, as the then Chief of Staff of Supreme Headquarters and the late Muhammed had worked for the peace of the country before the Lt. Col. Buka Dimka struck in the bloody coup.
While reflecting on the coup, Obasanjo declared that Nigerians had thought that the bloody coup would end the nation called Nigeria.
The former President said this when he played host to the cast and crew of the yet to be released film, “1976” at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, OOPL, Abeokuta.

According to him, there were misconceptions about the coup, which upturned the political situation at that time.

He explained that the misconception stemmed from the fact that most of those involved in the coup were Christians and for killing the Head of State, who was a Muslim, it was seen as a bad signal for the nation.

He said: “The killing of a Muslim on a Friday by a gang thought to be Christians, particularly, when we remembered the first coup, which upturned the political situation gave a bad signal.

Obasanjo, however, described the film, which abridged parts were shown as “a mixture sweet and sorrow will make us to remember ourselves not to go back to the dark days, which put us in go-no-go situation.”
Commending the team for the production, he said, “we can have more of this, as there are more national issues that can be portrayed. We are capable of the best and that is what this film has shown that.”

The Executive Producer of the film, Tonye Princewill said the cast and crew of “1976” was on tour of the country to seek support and endorsement for the film, billed to premier in November.

Princewill said the visit to Obasanjo was important, “considering his position at that time in the country, we deem it fit to come and show him the film and curry his endorsement, which as you can see we had gotten.”
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