…Fears of Imposition of Candidates may Mare Process …Aigbokhaode calls for caution
mounting fear that after about one year of anxious waiting for the election of
officers to pilot the affairs of the Lagos Archdiocesan Catholic Men
Organisation (LACMO) for the next four years, the election may be marred by
speculated imposition of candidate and domination of key offices by a certain
as the outgoing president of the organisation, Mr John Aigbokhaode, has
cautioned members who are interested in elective positions and deaneries who
want their members to occupy strategic offices to adhere strictly to the
provisions of LACMO constitution.
Extraordinary General meeting for Elections has been scheduled for Saturday,
28th September, 2019 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Ikeja. Starting with Mass by 10am, the meeting is to
be hosted by the Vicar, Msgr. John K Aniagwu.
released by the public Relations Officer of the organisation, Mr Uchenna
Ezeoke, “Each Deanery is expected to participate with 10 delegates only, for
the elections. A list of the delegates should be forwarded to the secretariat
of the ADC CMO endorsed by the Deanery Coordinator and Chaplain, in the Deanery’s
headed paper on or before Sunday 22nd of September, 2019.”
note that delegates whose names have been submitted cannot be swapped. The
Deanery will have to make do with the remaining delegates in case of the
absence of a nominated delegate,” he went further to worn.
be recalled that the election which was to hold late last year was postponed
due to tensions generated by speculated imposition of key officers by some
influential individuals in the organisation and hijacking of key offices by
Maryland Deanery which has produced all serving Presidents of the Organisation
allegedly led to a hasty review of the constitution of the organisation a few
weeks to the scheduled election in 2018; an action firmly resisted by some key
individuals and deaneries led by Isolo and Apapa Deaneries. Isolo Deanery is
reputed to be the most populous deanery in the Archdiocese with 17 parishes.
the tension generated by these allegations in 2018 that led to the extension of
the tenure of office of the John Aigbokhaode led administration by one year in
order to quell the ensued tension.
election rescheduled for September 28, 2019, nothing seem to have changes as
the fears that marred the 2018 election seem to have resurrected.
secret alignments, horse-trading among individuals and deaneries; and campaigns
have been going on, open campaign of bitterness, rancour and acrimony came into
manifestation on the popular Catholic Men Community social media platform, recently,
prompting some words of caution from the President, Mr John Aigbokhaode.
words: “My attention was drawn on Saturday to some postings on this platform
and I had to call the authors privately and counsel them against such post.
However, by yesterday evening when I returned to the platform I was amazed
by the degree of degeneration I met with some bordering on blasphemy.
surprised that because of our desire to have it our way, we chose to rubbish
the integrity and reputations of those we elected to serve us in the EXCO of
LACMON. They’re no longer people with any level of responsibilities but those
who either misinform or just take dictation from the Chaplain.
platform is for passing information and Shall NEVER replace the official
meeting and communication channels of CMON. Where decisions of an organisation
are not in line with your expectations, you turn to your representatives for
explanations. The statements being posted here indicates that such has not been
done. Every leader present in the last EXCO meeting will feel insulted by the
kind of language and postings I have been reading.
not a political or cultural organisation. There are provisions in our
constitution that guides activities of the EXCO and there are provisions that
empower the Chaplain and the Archbishop. When we speak without looking at those
provisions we are campaigning, and that is not allowed on this platform.
want to query the decisions reached please follow the right channels. If you want
to Campaign please go and create your own platform because we will remove
anyone that brings up that issue here again.
dates have been fixed and there’s no official communication from the EXCO
giving any list of Candidates or barring any one from contesting. Similarly, it
will be irresponsible of any leadership of an Organisation of this nature if
they don’t have an idea of the kind of people they want to see as their
leaders. Anyone is free to aspire to lead an organisation, and should therefore
put machinery in place to satisfy their ambitions. Nothing the EXCO has done
that prohibit this.
it that this platform is not available for campaign or as an alternative to our
Parish, Deanery, Archdiocese EXCO and General Meetings and we will remove
anyone that decides to turn it to such,” the President cautioned.
some deaneries are maintaining that the Presidency of the organisation should
be zoned to them, Mr Aigbokhaode maintains that the man who would be intrusted
with piloting the affairs of the organisation must be “A level-headed person
who is as soft as wool and tough as steel. He must be a stinker for good
corporate Governance. We must continue to practice it at the centre and enforce
it down the hierarchy.”
to the confusion and bickering that trails CMO elections, former National
President of the organisation, Chief Ernest Emeka Asoegwu said, “This has to do
with the nature of the persons in office, the way they think and reason. Any
right thinking person that finds himself in a position of leadership should see
it as an opportunity to serve and it is an opportunity that rarely comes twice.
The first things that should occupy the minds of leaders are why they are in
office and what legacies they would leave behind. A leader who leaves office
should be remembered for the right reasons.”
times what is noticed is that many leaders when they are about leaving offices
would want to impose their friends on the organisation as leaders, many of whom
would not be able to perform. But if an incumbent allows the people to choose
the best among them, some of those challenges will not be there. All the
bickering – wrangling, backbiting, squabbling – that go on with elections are
natural. It happened even among the apostles of Christ when they talked about
who was the greatest. Every leader must remember that verse of the Bible that
admonishes that to be a leader one must be a servant.
leader who sees himself a servant would not want to do anything wrong or commit
any fraud while in office. Fraud does not always have to do with misappropriation
of funds, but may involve stepping on toes, breaking of laws, amending the
constitutions to favour preferred candidates etc. All these are fraudulent
activities. Hastily amend the constitution on election guidelines when a leader
is about leaving office is fraudulent. A leader who is leaving office can draw
his guidelines and make recommendations on constitution amendment in his hand
over notes for incoming administration to consider, but not hastily
implementing it. Any leader who sees the need for constitution amendment while
in office should start the process early enough and not at the tail-end of his
administration. That leads to suspicion and confusion,” Chief Asoegwu went
further to say..
enjoined members to always endeavour to choose the right candidates for any
who cannot move himself cannot move others. A good leader must have the drive
to create programmes that will touch the lives of members positively. Ones
record of achievements at the parish level is what should be considered when
selecting him for an office at the deaneries; and up to dioceses and provinces,”
State capital, played host to no fewer than 25 Catholic Bishops, including the
Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, and hundreds
of priests, tthe religious and lay faithful.
all in Owerri for the silver jubilee celebration of the inauguration of Owerri
Ecclesiastical Province and installation of Most Rev. Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna,
as the Metropolitan of the Province, comprising Orlu, Okigwe, Umuahia, Aba,
Ahiara and Owerri.
date, in the previous years, was celebrated as the Owerri Archdiocesan Day. Put
simply, the Owerri Archdiocesan Day is an annual event, which primarily recalls
the 1994 elevation of the Catholic Diocese of Owerri, to an Archdiocese, and to
the position of Metropolitan See within the Ecclesiastical Province.
establishing the Owerri Archdiocesan Day, Dr. Obinna emphasised what he called
“the inculturative thrust” of its programme of activities.
words: “Given the need to welcome the Good News of salvation, into the intimacy
of our lives and Igbo culture, special prominence would be given to the Igbo
language, through an annual series of lectures by Igbo scholars, in the Igbo
Obinna also opined that the symbiotic relationship between true worship of God
and the cherishing of genuine human values, which the festivities and the
lectures seek to orchestrate, is thereby anchored and strengthened.
one of the first port of call was the Government House, where representatives
of the Catholic Bishops, paid a courtesy call on Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Governor used the opportunity to not only welcome his guests to Owerri, but
also assured them of their safety, throughout their stay in the state.
Governor Ihedioha, it was a thing of joy that the Archdiocesan silver jubilee
celebration came in his time as Governor of Imo State.
reiterated his promise to govern the state with the fear of God, as well as
upholding the rule of law, accountability, transparency and independence of the
three arms of government.
the sermon that can rightly be said to summarize the feelings of the Bishops at
a concelebrated Pontifical Mass, the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev.
Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, said that today, Nigerians expect so much of their
words: “In the darkness and gloom that have enveloped our country, many are
looking expectantly at the Church for a ray of hope, however faint. Whether it
is about the perceived Islamiztion and Fulanization of the country, or about
the current effort of the Federal Government to stifle every form of
opposition, people are asking: What is the Church doing? And by the Church,
they simply mean Catholic Bishops.
ask: What else can the Bishops do that they have not done already? The Bishops
have prayed and continued to pray for Nigeria. The Bishops have spoken clearly
and consistently against bad governance, from the time of military
dictatorship, when the voice of the Church was the only one that could not be
silenced, till today, when military dictatorship has returned in another form.
Bishops have expressly stated that this country is in trouble. The Bishops have
told the government repeatedly that the only way out of this catastrophe that
is about to happen in this country is justice and fairness: respect for those
parts of the Constitution that are just and fair; amendment of those parts of
the Constitution that were so framed as to favour parts of the country, either
geographically or religiously.
country is experiencing deterioration on a daily basis and our people are
loosing confidence in themselves. There is a decay of infrastructure and near
total collapse of security. All these have been pointed out by the Catholic
Bishops on several occasions. What have the Bishops not said?
peak of insecurity in this country, the Bishops candidly advised the President
to resign since he could no longer provide protection to the lives and
properties of Nigerians. Repeatedly, the Bishops have engaged every president
of this country.
about our Christians, including our Catholics, who are in government? There are
card-carrying Catholics in all the political parties that have ruled Nigeria
since the return to democracy. What have these Catholics or Christian members
of the ruling parties done to translate into concrete action the indications
that the Bishops have given? Bishops have marched the streets in prayer and
protest. Bishops have taken the government to court in some states. The only
thing that we have not done and will never do is to incite our people to
violence, because that would be wrong.
Federal Government of Nigeria needs to know that our youths are losing
confidence in the peaceful and non-violent way we are proposing. And I will
like to state clearly that today, out of respect for Archbishop Anthony Obinna,
who has been foremost in speaking out in defence of good governance both in his
state and in the country, that the current Federal Government of Nigeria will
hold itself responsible if it refuses to listen to the voice of reason and the
calamity we all fear will befall our dear country.”
Bishop Onah said that the Islamization and Fulanization project has gone beyond
being a hidden agenda, for it is now being implemented openly and with impunity.
then, there is a limit to the extent to which the people can be oppressed
without their reaction to the oppression. We therefore appeal to all those in
government at different levels in this country, to remember that they are there
to serve all the people in Nigeria”, Onah said.
The celebration was rounded off with the
Odenigbo Lecture, delivered by a university don, Rev. Fr. Longinus Chinagorom.
Christians who live in today’s world always bear in mind what Jesus said “If
you want to be a disciple of mine, you must deny yourself, take up your cross
and follow me”. The political climate at Jesus time was very intense and
polarized. To work in a polarized world needs faith-filled people, strong like
Jesus to help to dismantle social structures that dislocate humanity.
how the early Christians suffered in carrying the ‘’Cross’’ dying for truth and
living amid mysteries of human life. They spoke eloquently in the midst of evil
and alienation of people. Their concerns for the people and eloquent
testimonies and lifestyles could breed explosive social discontent for those
who want to remain the same in governance and continue to oppress the people.
Governance should be therapeutic; heal people, caring for the people by making
sure that there is peace and food in the land.
know that the church is superior to the state because its authority comes from
God but the church and the state should work together because the church has
special vocation from God. So the church and the state should cooperate to
enforce more moderate, realistic and moral demands on the society at large.
church’s divine authority is immense that it can coerce a government that lacks
moral compass. The responsibilities that lie on the Christians are many and so
they must first of all be just in their lives and must confront issues of
injustices in the society. They live and liberate the oppressed. Where
secular authority violates human rights and jails people unjustly the church
must speak. Christians filled with faith must know that no power is
allowed to violate human rights or is allowed to make draconian laws that upset
God’s plan for his people .What is happening in Nigeria is atrocious,
insecurity everywhere. Muslims should cooperate with the Christians to bring
peace and justice to mankind.
has the largest population of Muslims in the world but the live in peace with
people. Why not us in Nigeria?
are called to raise their voices against injustice in the society, eliminate
injustice, reduce poverty and bring peace. They should make sure that people
are allowed to participate in the economic, political and cultural life of the
country. It is unfair for any individual to prevent one from participating in
politics. Catholic Priests are not allowed to participate in partisan politics
because of its duplicities but other churches allow their pastors to join
politics but we have never seen them perform better than ordinary politicians
in politics. We want people who can bring value to the system and create hope
for the people.
is not meant only for the elite and money bags. Human society must be regulated
properly to have harmony and avoid violence. Security of life must be assured
Christians must always use the Gospel values to sanitize the society to make
sure that social justice is maintained. Seriously, the Christians must make
sure they do not sell their rights to proclaim the values of Jesus at political
positions but speak to power that the dignity of human persons is safe-guarded
in the country for there is constant abuse of human rights all over. They should
change the unjust structures as the early Christians did and not minimize the
value of justice. Our faith should not be dormant and we should use our faith
values to fight in the social world.
faith can help to restore humanity heading to ruin. It can bring justice to
humanity by calling evil by its name.
I am a
dyed in the wool Catholic. I was born in it, baptized in it as an infant and
grew up in it. I went to a Catholic primary school, sang in the choir and from
there went to a Catholic secondary school. In the university, I remained a
Catholic! At sixty something years and still counting, I have remained in
there: an ardent Catholic!
of the very things that has kept me here as a Catholic is the intellectual
foundation of this church. More than anything else, the survival of this
gathering over a thousand years, sometimes mired in stress, antagonism,
backbiting, dictatorship, coups, outright power tussles etc. can only be traced
to the Church’s intellectual foundation. Make no mistake about this: the
Catholic Clergy throughout history has been led by brilliant people. The likes
of me are fascinated by brilliant people and not the wishy-washy characters
that shout about Holy Ghost fire!
“for thou art Peter, upon this rock…” As usual, those reading this
may jump into their own interpretation. But I have mine, a solid one. The rock
is the solid foundation of structures! When you build a structure, there is a
process, a method. In this case, the foundation is “the Word”.
And this word is intellectual. Hey am I making sense here? Haha ha! It is this
intellectual creativity of “the word” that my Church is built. And it
saved it. This is also why the United States of America has remained a world
power. More than 200 years, the piece of writing known as the constitution of
the union has remained the solid rock of American democracy! Talk about the
word: “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
equal….” Hey this was God’s instruction from the very beginning?
what I am noticing these days, the Catholic Church is fast losing this
intellectualism. Some young priests behave as if they underwent a crash
programme to become ordained! These priests who operate mostly in the
villages in the midst of poverty want to outdo the so called “Pentecostal”
pastors in theatrics and hypnotism! Last Sunday I beheld, spell bound, as a
young priest displayed the abracadabra of a magician: ordering the congregation
to clap for Jesus, wave, shout, kneel, and mutter in the spirit, groan…Holy
Ghost fire! He led his congregation through a long spell of chanting, and so
called spirit search and the poor things were shouting approval urging him on!
The Mass that should not take 1hr, 30 minutes was dragged to 4 hours!
question is this: if the “Pentecostal” mode of worship is now the in
thing, why dont we go to where the thing is properly done? This poor imitation
looks to me very counterfeit. Very soon people like me will stay away from
“Aja Missa” and look for where the shouting is awesome and original!
A team of
researchers, in a new report, have said that the world could be free of malaria
researchers added that wiping out the disease-causing parasite would probably
require extra annual funding of about $2bn.
noted that the British Broadcasting Corporation’s claim that the world
had already made huge progress against malaria since 2000 was largely due to
widespread access to ways of preventing mosquito bites, such as treated bed
nets and better drugs for treating infected people.
the study authors, Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, said, “Despite unprecedented
progress, malaria continues to strip communities around the world of promise
and economic potential. This is particularly true in Africa, where just five
countries account for nearly half of the global burden.”
report, published in The Lancet, was commissioned by the World Health
Organisation three years ago to assess its feasibility and how much it would
study author, Sir Richard Feachem, said, “For too long, the eradication of
malaria has been a distant dream, but now we have evidence that malaria can and
should be eradicated by 2050. This report shows that eradication is possible
within a generation.”
however, warned that it would take bold action to achieve this goal.
of malaria by 2050 will require current technologies to be used more
effectively and the development of new ways of tackling the disease. This could
include the game-changing potential of gene-drive technologies,” the report
Chairman of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, King Mswati III of Eswatini,
said, “Malaria eradication within a generation is ambitious, achievable and
struggle has been constant to keep up with the malaria mosquito and the
parasite, both of which are evolving to evade the effect of malaria
interventions. We must make sure that innovation is prioritised,” he said.
report estimates that about $4.3bn is spent on the treatment and prevention of
malaria every year at the moment. It will need $2bn a year to rid the world of
malaria by 2050.
authors also noted the cost of business as usual, in terms of loss of lives and
the constant struggle against the malaria parasite and mosquitoes getting more
resistant to drugs and insecticides.