Abba Kyari: Presidency bars ministers, journalists, other burial attendees from Aso Villa

Abba Kyari: Presidency bars ministers, journalists, other burial attendees from Aso Villa

The Presidency has described the decision of security officials to bar attendees of the burial ceremony of the late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, from the State House as “normal protocol.”

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, stated this in twitter handle @GarShehu: “There is nothing extraordinary about those of us who attend Abba Kyari’s funeral being advised to distance ourselves from the Villa. This is in line with the standard rules put in place by the National Centre for Disease Control, @NCDCgov and the Federal Ministry of Health. You do these things to stop the spread of #Coronavirus. For the most part, the Villa has operated digitally in the last few weeks so there is really nothing new to this.”

He said those who attended the event were supposed to proceed on self-isolation immediately after the ceremonies.

In another statement on Sunday, the Presidency told the media staff and State House correspondents who covered or attended the burial to self-isolate for the next 14 days.

The Deputy Director, Information, State House, Attah Esa, in a statement titled ‘Advisory to State House Correspondents/Media Staff,’ said, “As a precautionary measure, all State House Correspondents and Media Office Staff who covered/attended the funeral prayer/burial ceremony of the late Chief of Staff, at Defence House and Gudu Cemetery Abuja, respectively, are strongly advised to work from home for the next 14 days.”

In response to journalists who wanted the true picture of things, the presidential media aide said: “It is true. It’s nothing that anyone should be angry about. They were just obeying rules. We have all attended the burial of a close friend in this season, anyone will know that after such occasion, you are meant to proceed on self-isolation. So what happened was standard protocol.

“If you observed, we have mostly been working digitally, most of our works have been done digitally, in observance of the social distance advice,” he said.

Shehu was reacting to an online report that senior State House officials were denied access into the Villa after attending the burial ceremony, which included prayers on the corpse of Kyari at the Defence Guest House in Maitama and an interment at Gudu Cemetery.

The report had claimed key aides to President Muhammadu Buhari, who attended the burial, incurred the president’s displeasure for allegedly violating Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) regulations, especially social distancing.

Among those turned back from the State House were Chief Protocol Officer, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure, Special Assistant to the President, Yusuf Sabiu, nephew to the president, Musa Haro Daura and Garba Shehu, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ahmad Rufai, and Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari and Bashir Ahmed.

Kyari died Friday from COVID-19 in a Lagos hospital and was buried in Abuja on Saturday. His burial attracted criticisms from Nigerians who decried the zero observance of social distancing at his residence and burial site where there was a clear violation of NCDC regulation of not more than 20 to 50 people at event of that nature.

Abeokuta Diocese releases funeral arrangements for FrOsuigwe …fixes burial for 5th July

Abeokuta Diocese releases funeral arrangements for FrOsuigwe …fixes burial for 5th July

The burial date for late Parish Priest of St Michael Catholic Parish, Ifo, in Abeokuta Diocese, Very Rev. Msgr Sylvester Uwadineke Osigwe, has been fixed for Friday, July 5th 2019.

According to a funeral arrangements released by the Catholic Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese, Most Rev. Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo, there will be a Farewell Mass for the late priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Alaja, Ifo, Ogun State on Thursday, 4th July 2019, at 12:00 noon.

This will be followed by Vigil Mass at 9:00pm and 3:00am at Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral, Adatan, Abeokuta.

On Friday, 5th July 2019, Funeral Mass will hold at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Adatan, Abeokuta, at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Catholic Bishop’s Court, Onikoko, Abeokuta. 

Msgr. Osigwe died on Saturday, June 22, at the age of 80, after a brief illness. He was until his death the Spiritual Director of Jerusalem is Love and Power Catholic Healing Ministry of St.  Mary Catholic Church, Ifo.

Born on July 19, 1939, the late priest hailed from Umuagbala in Umunumo,  Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

Late Osigwe was ordained Catholic priest on December 18, 1977, at Ake Palace Ground, Abeokuta by the then Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie.

He was made a Monsignor in 2009.

FrOsigwe was once the parish priest of St Leo’s Parish, Ikeja and St. Augustine’s Parish, Ikorodu from where he was transferred to St Mary’s Catholic Church Ifo.

Encomiums as Block Rosary founder Oblate Eusebius Dominic Oguizu joins Saints triumphant

Encomiums as Block Rosary founder Oblate Eusebius Dominic Oguizu joins Saints triumphant

The body of the founder of the Block Rosary Crusade in Nigeria, Oblate Eusebius Oguizu (JP) has been committed to mother earth after a requiem Mass presided over by the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma at St. Andrews Catholic Parish Urualla, Ideato North LGA of Imo State. He was buried in the premises of the church as a mark of honour.

In a homily at the Mass, the Owerri Provincial Chaplain of the crusade, Rev. Fr. Dr. Longinus Chinagorom said that the death of Oblate Eusebius Oguizu was worth celebrating and thanksgiving to God based on the fact that God gave him a special spirit through which he distinguished himself to serve God.

Late Oblate Eusebius Dominic Oguizu (JP)
Late Oblate Eusebius Dominic Oguizu (JP)

Fr. Chinagorom reminded Christ faithful the importance of the Holy Rosary, which Oblate Oguizu propagated by founding the Block Rosary crusade that is now recognized even at the international level. He further stated that the deceased started the crusade as a way to protect the young church with the help of God. My contact with him has remained indelible and a motivation for me to go on to contribute my little quota.

In an oration, the first son of the deceased, Mr. Richard Oguizu, traced the life of Oblate Eusebius Oguizu, who was born on December 8, 1939 and started his early education at Alandu Primary School, Urualla.

The deceased traveled to Port Harcourt in 1949 and ventured into business, dealing on religious articles. The deceased got married to Mrs. Margaret Oguizu on June 27, 1970. He disclosed that Oblate Oguizu was a man who spent all his life in serving God, touching the lives of people as well as teaching little children through which he founded the Block Rosary Crusade in 1956 in Aba, Abia State. He joined the Oblate of St. Benedict (Lay Monks living outside the Monastry) and was professed in 1981. He went to pilgrimage to Holy Land, Israel in 1980 and was given the tittle Jerusalem Pilgrim (JP).

Richard said that his father devoted his life and time to serving God with humility and never relented both in sickness, under rain and sun in doing the work of his creator till the day he died. The deceased held many positions and received many awards, including National Golden Jubilee Merit Award in 2006 by St. Ambrose Parish Block Rosary Crusade, Ogbor-Hill, Aba.

Priest at the burial

In their own message, the Aba Diocesan chapter of the Block Rosary Crusade described the deceased as a special gift to the entire Catholic Church, adding that he founded the crusade in Nigeria through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

In his reaction, the Chairman National Burial Planning Committee, Chief Sir Kizito Ajaelu pointed out that Oblate Eusebius was a God sent, who Mother Mary used to propagate the Fatima Gospel, having founded Block Rosary which is now approved children Apostolate Ministry in Catholic Church, where little children are caught young.
“He lived a prayerful life, filled with humility, worthy of emulation.”

Photo: Members of the Boys Brigade conveying the remains of Oblate Eusebius Oguizu to the cemetery

He was optimistic that the members of the crusade will continue to propagate the aims and objectives of the founder, while advising parents to encourage their children and wards to join Block Rosary in order to be rooted in faith. Chief Ajaelu described the plea of the bishop to build a National Shrine in the area as a welcome development, adding that they will also consider his beatification. He encouraged the deceased family to keep aglow the light which their late father has ignited.

Photo: The National President of the Block Rosary Crusade, Bro. Fidelis-Mary Nwachukwu (3rd from left) and Chief Sir Kizito Ajaelu (2nd from right) with other members of the National Burial Planning Committee

The burial was attended by priests from within and outside the diocese including the National Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Paschal Nwosu, Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Bonni-livy Bonico from Port-Harcourt Diocese and other provincial chaplains. Other dignitaries were Noble Lady Prof. Viola Onwuliri (former minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Education), National and Provincial Executives from across Nigeria; members of the Block Rosary from Kaduna, Lagos, Abuja, Aba, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Orlu, Onitsha among others.

Oblate Eusebius Oguizu was survived by his wife, 8 children, grandchildren, and brothers. He hailed from Umuturu Urualla in Ideato North LGA. He was aged 80.



L-R: Rev. Fr. MarcellinusTeko,  Administrator, Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos; Lady NetaNwosu, President, SIGNIS, Archdiocese of Lagos; Most. Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos and Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, Acting Director, Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos at the World Communication Day event held recently at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos.


We are all set!

Where will you be on the 23rd of August 2019?

How many praise concerts have you attended this year? None? Then not to worry, the Catholic Praise Concert 2019 is here!

The Catholic Praise Concert is a one-day gospel music concert which has held annually since 2014. The second edition was in 2015, the third in 2017, and now the fourth edition which will hold this year.

This year’s edition of the Catholic Praise Concert will hold on the 23rd of August 2019, and is hosted by the Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Magodo, Lagos. It is the fourth edition of the biggest Catholic themed gospel concert in Nigeria, and most likely in Africa with an expected number of 10,000 people in attendance.

The venue for the event is the Supreme Education Foundation Sports Ground. This year’s Praise Concert is tagged “Praise for Extraordinary Grace”.

It will be an evening of melodious praise from some of the most talented gospel artists in Africa. It features praise, worship, dance, and special performances from invited guests. There is usually a mixture of Catholic and Non-Catholic ministrations, in the most contemporary style as you would know if you have attended past editions.

The Catholic Praise Concert welcomes all Christians from every denomination. Anyone can attend, and from all parts of Nigeria. The accreditation for the event begins at 4pm, the red carpet starts at 6pm and the Concert proper, will start at 8pm to end with the Holy Mass by dawn. Ministers for the event are some of the top gospel ministers in Nigeria, plus a surprise guest minister. Gospel ministers will be announced soon by a press conference.

It is a liturgical praise offering to God, where we will uplift our voices. It is the best place to come with your family and friends to worship God together in unity and harmony.

You can get your tickets for the Catholic Praise Concert, by following this link Everyone is welcomed to follow the build-up for the Catholic Praise Concert by following @catholicpraiseconcert on all our social media platforms including; Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The concert T-shirts can be gotten from nearby parishes and online orders can be made via our social media platforms.

Lauretta Onwuegbuzie
For Catholic Praise Concert Press Release Team.

Vincentian Retreat Centre unveils programme for 2019 Easter Revival

Vincentian Retreat Centre unveils programme for 2019 Easter Revival

All is now set for the commencement of a 3-day Easter Revival holding at The Vincentian Retreat Centre, Ojodu-Berger, Archdiocese of Lagos. 

Themed: “Rising with the Risen Lord,” the revival will hold Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 – Friday, April 26th, 2019.

According to athe programme of events released by Director of the Centre, Rev. Fr. BenedectOkolo CM, the revival will feature Holy Mass; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament/Adoration; Prophetic word ministration; Worship songs and praises; Counselling and Confession; Deliverance; Healing; Anointing to excel and; Breaking of curses, among others.

Further details of the programme indicate that Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 25th programmes will last 9:00am – 2:00pm, while Friday, April 26th programme will feature vigil starting with confession at 9:00pm.