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BREAKING: Catholic Church Disowns Fr. Mbaka, Says He Might Be Disciplined

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The Catholic Church has distanced itself from the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, over his perceived politically charged statements.

In a video that has since gone viral, Mbaka was seen telling the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, during the annual harvest and bazaar celebration of the church on Sunday, that neither the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, nor President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, would win the 2019 presidential election.

Addressing Obi in Igbo, Mbaka said, “(Former) governor, listen, so that we won’t be deceiving God. As you are standing in the presence of these children of God, tell God what you will do for Him. It means you don’t want to do anything for God.

“Let me believe in fear, but this is a political statement. God hates stinginess. What I am saying is not for your pleasure. I am saying what will save your life, otherwise you and Atiku will fail. The way you and Atiku are moving will end in shame.”

But the Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi, in an interview with The PUNCH, said the diocese was not in support of the cleric’s remarks.

When asked if Mbaka was still a member of the diocese, Achi said, “He is.”

He, however, noted that it was wrong for priests to make political statements from the pulpit.

Achi said, “The diocese is not in support of any priest making political statements.

“The church is supposed to be apolitical and the Bishops’ conference has said that repeatedly.

“We are not supposed to make any political statements from the pulpit within the context of Mass, that is, church service.

“So, it would be wrong to stand at the pulpit to make any political statements.

“There is a document issued by the Bishops’ conference to that effect.

“So, he just spoke on his own, not representing the diocese.”

“We are not expected to come out openly to support a particular candidate for any reason. The church law does not accept such a thing. So, it would be wrong for anybody (priest) to come out and give an endorsement to a particular candidate.”

Achi noted that if necessary, disciplinary action against Mbaka would be carried out by the priest’s administrative head.

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Human Rights Abuses: Stop Interfering In Our Affairs; Mind Your Business, Presidency Tells U.S. UK, EU

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A Nigerian presidential spokesperson on Wednesday warned the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union to stop interfering in Nigeria’s affairs, especially on the issue of human rights abuses.

This warning was issued by Femi Adesina, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday while reacting to reports from the EU, UK and the U.S. that Nigeria has a high record of human rights abuses.

He reacted during an interview on Channels TV “Politics Today” programme.

Mr Adesina explained that Nigeria is a sovereign nation and “will not be bothered about the reports from the foreign countries.”

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Speaking on the invasion of court by operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) to re-arrest the Publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, last Friday, he said: “We are not answerable to the U.S., the UK or the EU.”

“We are Nigeria, a sovereign country. Those countries and entities have issues of their own. Let them deal with their issues. Let Nigeria also deal with her internal issues. We are not answerable to them.”

Mr Adesina, a two-term president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, however, said he would respect the opinion of Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka “than that of any foreign nation or commentators”.

“We respect Professor Soyinka. You don’t have too many of them in the country or even on the continent. He is an avatar, and he is well respected, but his opinion will remain his opinion. It will be considered and if there are things to act on, we will act on them,” he disclosed.

Some lawmakers from the UK and the U.S. have called for the release of Mr Sowore but the federal government has rebuffed this.

Apart from Mr Sowore, the Nigerian government is also illegally detaining many others including a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and the Shiite leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky.

The presidency also described the opinions of those calling for the release of those ‘illegally’ detained as “that of a few Nigerians”.

“Genuine issues will be looked into. We have had instances in which the government had to reverse itself because there were concerns raised,” Mr Adesina said. “It shows that the government is responsive but you cannot listen to a babble of voices. It will distract you from what you are doing.”

Responding to allegations that he stopped being a journalist after taking up the job to be Mr Buhari’s media adviser, Mr Adesina said: “I am still in the media. It is just that the roles are a bit reversed. When I am done with the government by the grace of God, I will still return to the media,” he said.

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Passenger Slumps, Dies At Lagos Airport

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A passenger, identified as Chukwuma Anthony Ezeh, on Wednesday slumped and died at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

An official source at the MMIA arrival terminal told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the passenger slumped on arrival from China and died while waiting to collect his luggage

Ezeh, according to information on his passport, was 47 years old at the time of the incident.

The spokesperson of the Police MMIA Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, who confirmed the incident to NAN at about 9.25 p.m. on Wednesday, said the passenger came on board Ethiopian Airlines.

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According to him, the incident happened at about 3:15 p.m. and the deceased was confirmed dead at the MMIA Clinic.

“While walking at the arrival hall the man slumped and died,” he said.

Alabi added that Ezeh’s corpse had been deposited at the Air Force Base Hospital mortuary.

(NAN)

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The Oniru Stool: Aremo Adesegun Oniru Is Our Next King —– Baales, Chiefs Declares

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To dispel the murmurs and rumours in the media and around Lagos metropolis surrounding the ancient Oniru stool of Iruland, the respected chiefs and baales of the kingdom have in one accord chosen Aremo Adesegun Oniru as the next king.

The Odofin of Iruland, Chief Saliu Abisogun, made this disclosure when the stakeholders hosted members of the press to finally lay the issue to rest.

Chief Abisogun, who spoke on behalf of the royal blood and chiefs of Iruland, stated that the stool which was formally recognized in 1994 after more than 200years of robust history has only been sat on by one king, the late Oba Abiodun Idowu Oniru.

“Our recently translated king, Oba Abiodun Idowu Oniru was the first king to ascend the throne and ruled for 25years prosperous years,” he declared.

The chief also made know that after the former king translated, it became imperative to ensure the next in line is a prince, who is endowed with the capacity to provide needed leadership in consolidating the achievements of the departed king.

“In order to ensure continued progress and unhindered development, we, the chiefs and baales of Iruland have resolved to back the nomination of Aremo Adesegun Oniru as the next Oniru of Iruland,” he declared.

He said that Aremo Adesegun has also played a major role in the tremendous achievements recorded in Iruland under the deceased monarch.

“It was Aremo Adesegun Oniru that assisted in ensuring unprecedented infrastructural development in Iruland. He brought the whole family of Oniru together as one united force in the absence of which it would have been near impossible to make any visible progress in the land.”

Chief Abisogun stated that the indigenes can’t afford to truncate these progress and peace being enjoyed in Iruland by allowing some elements with foreign vassal interests to hijack the kingdom.

“That the late Oba was the father of Aremo Adesegun Oniru is not a sound argument to prevent the ascension of this noble son of the land as the prince can legitimately succeed his father if the development and peace of our land is of any meaning to all,” he argued.

The chief, however, didn’t forget to indicate that the principal members of Oniru family and all relevant chiefs have resolved to back Aremo Adesegun to ascend the throne of his father.

While appreciating the efforts of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the state governor and his deputy in their interests in the progress of the kingdom, Chief Abisogun enjoined all true sons of Iruland to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign by joining the chosen prince in ensuring the Iruland continues to develop.

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