Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Boko Haram is Gone Says The Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri

The Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese had a vision. The Bishop is reported to have shared his vision first with his diocesan priests, then in a congress in Spain and lately with EWTN journalists. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme is reported by EWTN journalists to have been told by Jesus in a vision that the era of Boko Haram is coming to an end.  According to the Bishop, he had the vision during a visit to the Blessed sacrament in his Chapel. EWTN reported thus in their website: 

«A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram.
Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears. «Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared,» Bishop Dashe told EWTN News April 18.
In the vision, the prelate said, Jesus didn’t say anything at first, but extended a sword toward him, and he in turn reached out for it. «As soon as I received the sword, it turned into a rosary,” the bishop said, adding that Jesus then told him three times: “Boko Haram is gone.”». «I didn’t need any prophet to give me the explanation,»  he said. «It was clear that with the rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram.» The bishop said he didn’t want to tell anyone, but “felt that the Holy Spirit was pushing him to do so.» Continue in EWTN News
Ali C. Nnaemeka, OMI (mekaalison@gmail.com)
''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. Alisonomi.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Already One Year since the Abduction of The Chibok School Girls

One year today, 14th April 2014, the whole world was shocked by the news of the abduction of more than 200 school girls from Chibok, a community in Borno State of Nigeria. The incident drew attention and led to voices of concern and condemnations from different areas and works of life, among which the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Pope Francis, Michel Obama, Malala Yousafzai etc. All those who spoke, including many other important personalities, were united in insisting that everything be done to save the girls or that the  girls be brought home. Many Countries offered the Nigerian Government some military aid to rescue the school girls. However, apart from the few girls that were alleged to have escaped on their own, no one of the girls was or has been militarily rescued.
Shortly before the just concluded March 28 Presidential election in Nigeria, the outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, had been convinced on the need to a rescheduling of the date of election on the conviction that with a six weeks extension would result in redressing the Security issues caused by Boko Haram in the Country. After what could be likened to a commando operation at the famous Sambisa forest where the school girls were allegedly harboured, no information has been given on the whereabout of the girls. Presently, many Nigerians are fed up with the kids glove approach to crucial national issues, like the kidnap of more than 200 schoolgirls. This no doubt contributed to the failure of the incumbent president in his re-election bid, and that of most of his serving cabinet.
From all indications, the incoming government who throughout the time of electioneering always laid emphases on “Change”: taken as changing the situation of insecurity and corruption in Nigeria, would be faced with the two big giants – corruption and insecurity – that have been tying Nigeria down. Besides the fact that the incoming President has already insisted on fighting corruption, starting with his would be ministers, his speech on the occasion of the one year anniversary of the kidnap of the Chibok School Girls is quite encouraging. The President elect had started his speech by recognizing the extent to which the issue has affected Nigerians, and the public opinion about Nigeria. Then, after consoling the families and assuring them that the thought and prayers of the whole Nigerians are with them, he promised that his government will, with the collective effort of Nigerians, do everything within their power to ensure that the issue of Boko Haram is addressed properly.
          As a matter of fact, with the coming to power of new government of Buhari, the Nigerian youths involvement in politics, and coupled with the expected involvement of the Nigerian Catholics in the policy making, Nigeria would most likely have a better tomorrow, while it is hoped that those things we have not yet been told about Boko Haram would soon be laid bare.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Mon «White Easter» à la communauté innue de Nutashkuan

11096406_972977529393437_2567081462366763942_oC’est vrai que l’expérience est l’une des choses qu’on ne cesse jamais d’acquérir mais sur la  Côte-Nord on doit s’attendre à vivre de nouvelles expériences à chaque jour. J’étais habitué à entendre la chanson «White Christmas» mais jamais de «White Easter» jusqu’à mon dernier séjour à Nutashkuan pour les célébrations de la semaine sainte.  

Je suis arrivé à Nutashkuan mercredi saint le 1 avril 2015 pour assurer la présence du prêtre dans cette communauté innue. En compagnie de Sr Ghislaine Charland CND, nous avons visité les malades dès le lendemain de mon arrivé. Une partie de la visite était effectuée dans la matinée et les autres dans l’après-midi. Ce qui fût pour nous un véritable moment de communion avec des membres de la commun11041720_10206315925400816_3239546933197358655_nauté qui pour des raisons de santé étaient dans l’incapacité de nous suivre en personne dans les célébrations communautaires. Pendant ce temps de visite, j’ai mieux compris pourquoi la communauté chrétienne de Jérusalem tenait à ce que la communion soit aussi portée aux membres qui sont dans l’incapacité de participer physiquement aux célébrations eucharistiques.

Jeudi Saint, lors de la célébration de la Cène du Seigneur, treize jeunes ont reçu leur première communion au cours d’une célébration exceptionnellement émouvante. Et le Vendredi saint, nous avons célébré la Passion du Seigneur à 3 h et puis à 7 h, nous nous sommes encore retrouvés pour la prière du chemin de croix. Avec la participation de plusieurs membres de la communauté, nous avons passé un Vendredi Saint parfait. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

The Wooden Bowl–«Nku Onye Kpara n’okochi ka O na-anyo n’udi Mmiri»

 The Igbos of Nigeria believe that an eloquent speaker is he who speaks not many words but who garnishes his speech with proverbs and anecdotes. They are also very good in passing information with short and sometimes witty stories. They fondly express it with the saying: «ilu bu manu eji eri okwu» which could loosely be translated into «Proverbs are ingredients used in cooking speeches».

This popular story –The Wooden Bowl – for example, could be reduced in a simple phrase in Igbo. It could be expressed in this saying: «Nku Onye Kpara n’okochi ka O na-anyo n’udi Mmiri». This phrase could mean: whatever you sow, you will reap or whatever act you pose in your youth will catch up with you in your adulthood. Here is the story of The Wooden Bowl.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered