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John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, a foremost prelate of the Catholic Church, is eminent not just by virtue of his apostolic attainment but also in regard to his commitment to peace founded on justice.  He has served in the Lord’s vineyard as a priest for 50 years having been ordained on August 3, 1969. From the time he was consecrated an Auxilliary Bishop of Ilorin Diocese in 1983 and later the substantive Bishop, the Cardinal has spent 34 years shepherding his flock in an episcopal capacity. He has been Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Abuja since 1994, succeeding the pioneer Bishop, the late His Eminence, … >>> Read Full Story



Pope Francis: condemns gun violence in 3 US states

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned attacks on “defenceless people” in a spate of gun violence in three American states, including one that killed 20 people in a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
Speaking to thousands of pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday message and blessing, Francis said he was spiritually close to the victims, the wounded and the families affected by attacks he said had “bloodied Texas, California and Ohio”.
Francis said all three attacks targeted “defenceless people”.
He mentioned the Texas shooting as well as another last week at a … >>> Read Full Story



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SIMONKOLAWOLELIVE! BY SIMON KOLAWOLE
Two matters gripped me at the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneur Forum held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, recently. Both strike at the heart of the economic struggles of Nigeria, particularly our current situation. Nigeria, bombarded by youth unemployment and extreme poverty, is clearly in dire straits. The symptoms are manifest in the rising crime wave, either the yahoo-yahoo type or the violent variants as seen in kidnappings, robberies and ritual killings. Stripped of complicated analyses and political theories, the situation is just a natural consequence of the overwhelming unemployment and … >>> Read Full Story



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By Dennis Agbo
Father Offu: THE Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has said that Fulani herdsmen were not responsible for Thursday’s killing of the Catholic priest of St James the Greater Parish, Ugbuakwa, Enugu state.
Father Offu
The Herdsmen umbrella body said it has been inundated with barrage of accusations following the killing which it described as unfortunate.

The group said it is part of the security and peace committee in Enugu state, hence it was bound to control its members and ensure that criminals do not infiltrate its members conducting their business of cow rearing.
Chairman of MACBAN in South East, Alhaji … >>> Read Full Story



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Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and potentials was on display recently at the first edition of the Nigerian Cultural Day in Berlin. According to Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Coker, the Berlin Cultural Day in Germany was an opportunity to display  Nigerian cultural delicacies like food, music, books, fashion, art and literature. He said, “We must project our culture into the space of other cultures”. The first edition of the Nigerian cultural day held on July 20, 2019 at Saalchen Holzmarkt centre in Berlin was unique because of the array of Nigeria’s cultural heritage displayed at a global platform. Meanwhile, NTDC in collaboration … >>> Read Full Story



The British ship Stena Impero seized by Iran last month

Iran has seized a “foreign vessel” in the Gulf, state media said Sunday, in what would be the third such seizure in a month amid heightened tensions with its foe the United States.
Naval forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps “seized this ship around Farsi Island which was carrying around 700,000 litres of smuggled fuel”, said a Guards statement quoted by the official news agency IRNA.
Seven foreign crew members were arrested during the operation which was carried out on Wednesday night, according to Fars news agency, which is considered close to the Guards.… >>> Read Full Story



The authorities have to do much more to win the war against the insurgents
On the 10th anniversary of the Boko Haram insurgency last Saturday, some of its gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a group of mourners as they walked back from a funeral at Nganzai on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State capital. The body count was 65. Some two days later, Boko Haram’s splinter faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) launched a dawn attack against a base near the town of Baga on Lake Chad, setting off fierce gun battles that reportedly killed 20 Nigerians, five Chadian troops and some … >>> Read Full Story