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Vocation Boom Hits Catholic Church –Priest

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The Associate Priest, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Parish, Abuja, Rev. Fr. Aloysius Udo has said that an increasing number of young persons now show interest in religious vocations.

Udo who made the assertion in Abuja, Sunday, told newsmen that, “an increasing number of young persons have indicated interest to become priests and reverend sisters”.

Udo said the country was not facing any crisis in vocation unlike the declining figures of priest in the United States and Europe.

The priest said senior seminaries in the Archdiocese of Abuja were witnessing a rise in candidates interested in such vocations.

“There is a tremendous response to vocation by our youths, both boys and girls. In fact, we jokingly but emphatically say there is a vocation boom in Nigeria.

“In Africa, we have a tremendous response to vocation, to religion and priesthood, quite unlike in countries in Europe and the United States where vocation is minimal in religious congregations.

On celibacy, he said the position of the Catholic Church of Nigeria had not changed.

“The principle of celibacy is still maintained in the Western church to which Nigeria belongs.

“This is to give full attention to the mission of Christ, which is primary and uppermost in the mind of any candidate going into senior seminary information to be ordained into priesthood,” he said.

Udo, however acknowledged that he moderated growth in priestly vocations and the proliferation of churches did not mean that Nigeria was a religious nation.

A study had, more than a year ago rated Nigeria as the world’s most religious nation.

The church has been doing its best through sermons, prayers and fasting but without backing that up with change of mind and attitude, corruption will still continue.

The priest commended the efforts of the anti-corruption agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corruption practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), and implored Nigerians to cooperate with them in the effort to eliminate corruption in the society.

Udo, who was ordained as Catholic priest in 1984 launched a book entitled “The Golden Rule” on Saturday to commemorate his 25 years in the priesthood.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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